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Official Title:              Associate Television Artist

Availability:              Open until filled, for best consideration apply by 6/2/17


Skillfully and successfully operate broadcast quality video cameras, and edit video and audio on non-linear editing systems for Wisconsin Public Television broadcast, online and non-broadcast productions.  Work collaboratively as well as independently utilizing excellent creative, organizational and communication skills.  This position reports to the Production Facilities Manager.


  1. Use creative and technical videography skills in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor settings to successfully record video and audio which can be turned into exceptional broadcast and digital video reports, documentaries and stories. 
  2. Make decisions about which tools (various camera and microphone types, accessories such as sliders and gimbals, etc.) and techniques are appropriate to use for different styles and settings of shoots to most successfully achieve the goals of the story, report, program or project.   
  3. Make decisions about, and successfully set up and use, field lighting equipment to achieve appropriate look and style for differing projects. 
  4. Use creative and technical editing skills to turn producer-generated scripts and/or rough cuts into exceptional broadcast and online video reports, documentaries and stories. 
  5. Maintain technical standards in a digital, non-linear editing environment through understanding common graphic, video and sound file formats and working with these file formats in a digital editing environment
  6. Proactively generate creative elements and use visual and audio techniques that enhance the style of a given program or segment and strengthen the storytelling. Use Photo Shop and After Effects as appropriate.  Stay current with principles of good graphic design and layout.
  7. Stay current with the latest technical equipment and videography and editing techniques.  Proactively seek new, efficient ways to accomplish tasks and professional development to improve skills.
  8. Comfort with the technical aspects of broadcast field camera equipment and post production equipment and  able to trouble-shoot in a self-directed manner when technical challenges arise.
  9. Communicate effectively and professionally; handle multiple tasks and priorities; adhere to production timelines and budgets; meet all deadlines.
  10. Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff:
  11. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in all workplace interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships.
  12. Actively participate in Department and Station staff meetings.
  13. Other duties as assigned.



·         Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and have free range of body motion and correctible vision to focus camera, for extended periods of time including extended workdays or work weeks when on deadline.

·         Ability to sit for extended periods of time while editing including extended workdays or work weeks when on deadline.

·         Fine motor coordination to effectively manipulate broadcast field cameras and adjust video and audio level controls.

·         Creative video storytelling skills combined with editorial judgment.  Follow professional code of ethics.

·         Able to travel for extended periods of time and work in locations distant from Madison in order to perform videographer duties throughout Wisconsin.

·         Calm and resourceful responses when challenges occur, or when schedule is unexpectedly disrupted and when under tight deadlines.

·         Accept directions well from a range of producers on staff and respond professionally.



·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience; this must include at least 2 or more years of professional videography and editing experience.

·         Experience recording effective field video and audio that meets proper broadcast technical specifications in a      variety of settings.

·         Experience editing broadcast or other professional video stories, reports or projects. 

·         Demonstrated ability to be self directed, work independently and work in teams to consistently meet deadlines.

·         Excellent communication skills, a desire to learn, and a proactive attitude.

·         Ability to work some evenings, weekends and travel overnight throughout Wisconsin as stories warrant.

·         Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License required or ability to obtain one.



·    Familiarity with and experience operating Canon C100 camera package and full ranges of lenses.

·    Audio recordist experience working in complicated sound situations (ie: group interviews, noisy environments, music, etc.)

·    Skill with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, or equivalent non-linear editing systems 

·    Experience editing longer form (5-10 minute up to an hour) reports or programs

·    Camera operator experience on live, directed, studio or location productions.

·    Video storyteller, reporter, scriptwriter, interviewer or field producer experience

SALARY: We expect to pay in the low to mid-40s with actual pay dependent upon experience and qualifications.  UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, life insurance, pension plan, flexible spending accounts, employer paid training and development, generous paid vacation and sick leave.

HOW TO APPLY:  For best consideration, external applicants may submit all application materials online at our applicant portal by 6/2/17.  Search for job ID #13131. If you are a current UW System employee use Please include:  A resume and a detailed cover letter outlining how your experience and skills relate to this position;  a digital file or link to 3-4 examples of your videography and editing work.  Samples for videography may be the same or different than samples for editing.  Include a notation of what you did for each sample and a list of three professional references with contact information including e-mail.

Direct inquiries and online support questions to:  Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Television, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, 608-262-5221;


A criminal records review will be conducted for final candidates.  In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Convictions and pending charges will be considered only if they are substantially related to the circumstances of this position.

Employment is contingent on establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

It is the policy of UW-Extension to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact person listed above.

As a unit within the University of Wisconsin Extension, WPT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration. WPT is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.