Now Hiring Student Podcasters, Advisers and More

Democracy & Z student podcasters with audio engineer Josh Elstro, center; January 2020 photo by Julie Coppens

Cincinnati Public Radio announces spring semester work opportunities for area college and high school students and recent graduates, through WVXU’s educational outreach program Democracy & Me. We’re now accepting applications for the following positions:

  • 3 Democracy & Z Podcast Hosts (high school or college-level, 1-4 hours/week, $400 honorarium for the semester)
  • 1 Democracy & Z Podcast Lead (college student or recent graduate, 1-4 hours/week, $500 honorarium for the semester)
  • 1 Democracy & Me Intern (college-level, 10-12 hours/week, paid $13/hour)
  • 6 Democracy & Me Student Advisory Board (high school-level, 1-2 hours/week, $200 honorarium for the semester)

Students will work primarily with CPR’s educational outreach coordinator, Julie Coppens, producing youth-centered content for the Democracy & Me website and e-newsletter, YouTube channel and social platforms. Democracy & Z Podcast Hosts will propose and research episode topics, preparing questions and leading peer conversations; Podcast Lead will advise them, work on production with audio engineer Josh Elstro, and host several episodes in the rotation. Democracy & Me Intern will pursue a range of digital-storytelling projects that fit their professional goals and interests (journalistic, cultural, creative, technical), will mentor younger students, and have opportunities to shadow and collaborate with CPR’s professional staff. Student Advisory Board members will help administer and judge the 2022 Student Voices Competition, while learning about public media work, participating in the podcast, and contributing other content to Democracy & Me.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY (Deadline January 21)

The Spring 2022 program will run for 12 weeks beginning Feb. 7, with a mix of in-studio/remote work, following all current COVID-19 precautions. Scheduling is flexible.

The program emphasizes community voices and perspectives underrepresented in public media: BIPOC, Latinx and non-Black POC, LGBTQIA+ and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

All candidates should be:

  • Passionate students of American history, politics, media, and journalism
  • Skilled, creative, cutting-edge communicators—in writing and speech, pictures and sound
  • Team players and peer educators
  • Highly organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Proficient in Google apps and various social media platforms
  • College-level applicants should be working on a degree in communications, journalism, political science or related fields
  • High school applicants should have demonstrated interest in one or more of these career paths

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