WBGO Media Fellowship Program

Founded in 1979 and located in Newark, New Jersey, WBGO 88.3 FM is the largest music presenter in the state and the largest NPR jazz-formatted station in the United States. WBGO also 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.

Cephas Bowles

Now in its 2nd year, the WBGO Media Fellows Program was developed to honor the late Cephas Bowles who served as President and CEO of WBGO for 20 years. His devotion to public broadcasting and his birthplace, Newark, informed his desire to ensure that opportunities exist to nurture and train our next generation of local leaders in his chosen field.

Fellows Guidelines
Each year, two individuals are selected for the WBGO Media Fellows Program. The program involves:

  • 10-week commitment, beginning June 5th. Start date is subject to change based on the school calendar of the Fellow.
  • 40 hour work week. Ability to work flexible hours including nights and weekends
  • Stipend of $4,800

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants are limited to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of college. They must be residents of Newark or students at a college or university located in Newark. Applicants will be required to make clear a personal connection to the city. 

Required 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.

Day in the Life of a WBGO Media Fellow

  • Working with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle, Jazz Night in America Senior Producer Katie Smith, and the Check In Producer Simon Rentner
  • Editing interviews in Pro Tools
  • Researching and interviewing best practices
  • Digital editing concepts
  • Attending Newport Jazz Festival
  • Marketing best practices
  • Attending performances in NYC and NJ
  • Availability required some weekends

Check out 2016 Media Fellows Ayanna Costly and Dorsey Woods report the news live on WBGO.

The impact of being chosen to participate in WBGO’s Media Fellows program from Ayanna Costly and Dorsey Woods.

  • “I enjoyed the late night concerts. It gave me a better understanding of jazz. A live show offers a different perspective than a studio recording.”
  • “I believe my interview skills significantly improved.”
  • “Supporting production of Jazz Night In America by recording concerts live, writing transcripts, and listening to Christian McBride record strips gave me a great foundation in understanding what it takes to produce a show.”
  • Working with Doug had a great impact on my writing skills.”

Submit complete application materials to:

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

Application materials must be received no later than April 14th for consideration. Successful applicants will be notified by April 28th.