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WBGO Media Fellowship Program

WBGO 88.3 FM has the most decorated radio news and public affairs broadcast operation in New Jersey, providing an unrivaled depth of coverage of Newark and Essex County. It is also the largest music presenter in the state and the largest NPR jazz-formatted station in the United States.

2018 Media Fellow Mariah Matthews

In short, the WBGO Media Fellowship is your opportunity to gain media experience under a highly decorated and nationally celebrated NPR affiliated station. As a WBGO Media Fellow, you will learn the following skills and engage in the following activities:

  • Creating both high level and detailed project plans for producing a podcast
  • Scheduling and conducting podcast interviews
  • Writing and narrating podcast scripts
  • Editing podcast interviews and supplementary audio in Pro Tools
  • Identifying news stories
  • Scheduling and conducting news interviews
  • Writing and narrating news scripts
  • Editing news interviews and supplementary audio in Pro Tools
  • Attending and covering events such as the Newport Jazz Festival

art & isms is an example of the podcasting work you will be doing. 2018 Media Fellow Stephanie Avila’s report about Newark Venture Partners’ Demo Day, and 2018 Media Fellow Mariah Matthews’ report about local charity Girls on Bikes are examples of the journalistic work you will be doing.


The fellowship does not require experience with podcasts, journalism, script writing, or audio editing, but they are a plus. The only things formally required of you are:

  • A personal connection to the city of Newark.
  • Residence in Newark or enrollment at a college or university located in Newark.
  • Must be entering sophomore, junior, or senior year of college.
  • A 10-week commitment, beginning June 3rd. Start date is subject to change based on the school calendar of the Fellow.
  • Ability to commit to 40 hour work weeks.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including nights and weekends.

WBGO Media Fellows receive stipends.


Application Materials

  • WBGO Media Fellows Program application form (pdf download)
  • Cover letter
  • Personal statement addressing your connection to the Newark community and why you believe that this Fellowship will address your future career and educational goals
  • Resume
  • Recent academic transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of two) at least one should be from a teacher or other academic advisor. Recommendation letters must be sealed and not reviewed by the applicant.

While not required, if available, please submit 2-3 examples of previous journalism work which may include articles published in a student newspaper, or audio, or video production for a school. We prefer work sample items be digital for print items or links to websites for audio or video. Hard copies of samples will not be returned.

Cephas Bowles

The WBGO Media Fellows Program was developed to honor the late Cephas Bowles, who served as President and CEO of WBGO for 20 years. As a proud Newark native and lifelong devotee of public radio, he had a passion for creating opportunities that springboard young local leaders into the world of public broadcasting. As a WBGO Media Fellow, you will be part of that legacy.

Submit complete application materials to:

WBGO Media Fellows Program
WBGO/Newark Public Radio
54 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Email: savila@wbgo.org

Application materials must be received no later than April 5th for consideration.