By Shereen Siewert

Wausau Pilot & Review is part of a new student program that gives high school students the opportunity to learn marketable skills in the journalism field.

The journalism program allows students to learn about best reporting practices, interviewing skills, data-based reporting and other skills while mentoring with area news organizations. Students can build a portfolio of published stories, podcasts or photo essays that can help them in college applications and beyond, while being paid for their work.

“We want to attract youth who are interested in writing about topics of interest to them and their communities, while also promoting civic engagement,” said Eric Giordano, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, which launched the Student Journalism Program with these media partners:

  • Door County Daily News
  • Wausau Daily Herald
  • Wausau Pilot and Review
  • WSAU News/Talk 550 AM, 95.1 FM, 99.9 FM
  • WXPR Public Radio, 91.7 Rhinelander, 91.9 Wausau, 100.9 Iron County

Each media outlet has a unique training program that pairs students with their publishing needs.

Students chosen for Wausau Pilot & Review will receive free online training from the Poynter Institute and will learn how to evaluate and verify information, fact check, obtain and understand public records, and use data in storytelling. Podcasting instruction will be offered for interested students, who will be eligible to receive payment for completed story assignments on publication.

For complete details on this student program, and how you can get involved, click here.

For a printable brochure, click here.

For specific questions on the Student Journalism Program, email or