University of Wisconsin–Madison

Spring 2018 Student Fellows Program

Employer UW-Madison, Center for Journalism Ethics
Location Madison, WI
Type Internship
Apply by Dec. 18, 2017
Posted on December 5, 2017


The Center for Journalism Ethics is seeking to fill a fellowship position focused on social media for Spring 2018. The position begins in January. Undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in journalism ethics are especially encouraged to apply. This fellow will be specially dedicated to creating multimedia content for social media, including short videos (edited and live), audio stories such as podcasts, and work to develop engagement (such as live chats) on social media accounts.

Among other duties, fellows assist with planning and conducting the Center’s annual ethics conference to be held April 27, 2018. The conference theme will be Division, Denial & Journalism Ethics. This fellow will lead the social media team in pre- and live- coverage of the conference for web streaming. This may include stand-ups, editing on the fly and interacting with the online audience.

Responsibilities and duties:
The CJE fellows will assist with a variety of activities, including:
Contributing to the center’s social media presence by producing multimedia content and engaging with the audience
Planning and assisting with the annual conference (April 27).
Leading a team of undergraduate students in promotion ahead of the conference.
Work with a vendor contracted to stream the conference.
Create and implement a plan to supplement the streaming with multimedia.

Benefits to fellows:
Becoming a fellow will provide opportunities for professional and academic development. These benefits include:
Mentoring and guidance from the Center director and project coordinator.
Connecting with media professionals on ethics questions and events.
Meaningfully engaging with critical questions of media ethics.
Developing professionally in research, writing, critical thinking, editing and use of social media.

Applicants must be currently enrolled UW-Madison undergraduate or graduate students but do not have to be students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Fellows will receive a $500 scholarship per semester. Hours are flexible, but fellows should plan on spending about five hours a week during the course of a semester. Fellows will meet weekly with the CJE project coordinator in Vilas Hall and are expected to respond in timely fashion to communication from Center staff. Each fellow will help determine individual responsibilities that fit with individual strengths and will be supervised by the CJE project coordinator.

How to apply:
To apply, submit the following to Megan Duncan, project coordinator, at
A statement of 500 words or fewer, detailing your interest in journalism and particularly in social media or media production, any relevant coursework, your major and career goals, and your expected graduation date. Highlight relevant experiences or skills.
Three ideas for growing, engaging or adding to our social media presence explained in no more than one double-spaced page.
Names and contact information for two UW-Madison references (SJMC faculty, staff and teaching assistants preferred), including the context in which the reference knows you.

Applications must be received via email to
Megan Duncan by noon Dec. 18.