WUNC Student Youth Reporter, Temporary & Part-time

Chapel Hill and Durham , NC

Application Deadline: Monday, Apr 18, 2022


WUNC Student Youth Reporter, Temporary & Part-time

North Carolina Public Radio WUNC, Chapel Hill & Durham

North Carolina Public Radio WUNC is hiring Student Youth Reporters (8).

WUNC Radio provides quality news, information and entertainment programming to a broad listening audience that includes North Carolina, the United States and the world. WUNC serves North Carolinians from Greensboro to the Outer Banks through a network of seven stations, with a weekly cume of 300,000 listeners.

These positions are located in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC.

WUNC Youth Reporting is opening up our highly competitive and award-winning Youth Reporting Institute (YRI) – a radio journalism training program to all high school and college students, ages 16-25. Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and all students of color (BI-POC) are encouraged to apply (no prior journalism background is required). Participants will learn and sharpen skills in radio journalism, interact with a diverse group of reporters in various stages of their career, build relationships with youth across the state of North Carolina, and connect to a platform that will amplify their work and voice. Eight (8) selected participants will have the chance to be featured on the WUNC youth podcast and/or produce a radio story for broadcast.

Position Description — As a participant, you will gain access to daily training sessions along with tutorial videos that will  take you through the steps of the reporting process, from pitching to interviewing to script-writing and editing. Each week, students will learn a new skill and participate in a challenge to sharpen  that skill. Along with receiving one-on-one training from WUNC’s Director of New Talent and Community partnerships, you will also have the chance to interact with YRI program alums, journalism instructors, and professional reporters on our weekly Instagram live. There will be multiple opportunities for in-person training at our Durham studio location; this is where we will skill-build and get hands-on with our stories.

Salary & Work Schedule – The program will begin Monday, June 6th, and run until Friday, August 5th.  Students should designate 10-15 hours a week to work towards a production deadline and are expected to join every training session. Students will work in a hybrid format with daily meetings occurring Monday-Friday from 1pm to 5pm.  Students will be paid $16/hour.

Minimum Education & Experience Required:  Currently enrolled high school (age 16+) or college student (up to 25 years of age). No prior journalism background is required.

The Candidate:  There are limited spots, so we would like to get to know as much as we can about each candidate. Candidates should be prepared to answer questions about equity and diversity in their personal lives, along with a current resume/CV, cover letter, three (3) story pitches, and a link to  any relevant work and/or social media presence.

Special Applicant Instructions:


WUNC aims to foster a learning environment that draws from a wide variety of perspectives and experiences. Please include your perspective on how diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to you, relative to your work life or personal life and experiences. (500 words or less).

Feel free to get creative with your Pitches, but there are a few requirements you should consider:

  • Story pitches should focus on–“Who is doing what? And why should we care about this now?”— Think about what’s happening in your social circle, an aspect of your community, family, school, Club or Organization,

If you are having trouble getting started, check out what other students did for their Youth Stories.It may also help to get familiar with the station and what we typically cover, because your story could be the one we are

  • Start the Research: Include at least three (3) people you would interview, and what they would contribute to your radio Be sure to provide contact information (email, office phone, twitter handle, etc.)
  • Think Broader: Brainstorm how this story may look on social media: What sound and photo opportunities will work well with this

Feel free to check out WUNC’s Youth Voicesand WUNC Public RadioInstagram page to  see examples of how audio stories translate to social media posts.

By applying, you represent to WUNC Public Radio that the personal information you provided is true and accurate. Unless otherwise required by law or University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill policy, WUNC Public Radio will keep confidential any personal information you are required to submit to sign-up to participate in the Youth Radio training and will not disclose that information to any person other than employees and agents of WUNC Public Radio as may be necessary in the administration of the Youth Radio initiative.

Interested applicants must apply at:  http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/225219.  Applications will be open until April 18th. Interviews are expected to be held from April 25 – May 10, and our Welcome Orientation will launch on Monday, June 6, at 4:30 p.m.

WUNC-FM and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply without regard to age, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. WUNC-FM is committed to anti-racism, diversity, and to building an inclusive newsroom.

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