WGLT Digital Content Director

Normal, IL
Apr 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Location Normal, Il 61790

Posting date 04-04-2017

General Summary
The purpose of the Digital Content Director position is to prepare and deliver local news, feature, and public affairs content across multiple platforms, including on-air, online, and on social media, and to assist in supervising the News staff of public radio station WGLT-FM.

The Digital Content Director must be aware of and apply generally accepted journalistic standards of objectivity, fairness and balance in his or her own work and when editing the work of others. The Digital Content Director should contact news sources, conduct interviews, produce audio from those interviews, write stories, assemble and deliver newscasts, provide emergency and bad weather coverage for radio station listeners, use digital editing equipment, manipulate digital audio and visual content on station's website and on social media, and use a variety of information sources to assemble newscasts and stories, and assist the News Director as needed in deciding which stories to cover. The Digital Content Director must be able to create, craft, and disseminate local news, informational, and entertainment content using a variety of social media platforms, monitor and engage users on those platforms, advise WGLT's Programming and Development departments on best practices and strategies for using social media, and assist those areas with their social media communications. The Digital Content Director must be able to balance competing priorities and work on tight daily deadlines and/or longer term projects. The Digital Content Director should keep his or her professional skills current and seek out development opportunities and innovative techniques.

Required Qualifications
1. Bachelor's degree in mass communications, journalism, media management, or related field.?
2. Minimum 3 years professional journalism experience.
3. Minimum 3 years professional experience managing social media or websites.
4. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Desired Qualifications
1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
2. Familiarity with methods of leveraging leading social media platforms to engage and expand an audience and awareness of changes in how those platforms (and emerging platforms) are consumed.
3. Familiarity with social media and website analytics.
4. Ability to gather information through interviews and then write clear and concise stores to engage an audience.?
5. Familiarity with a wide range of current information in many disciplines touching on the public and cultural life of the nation and the local community.
6. Ability to provide summaries and overviews of issues and events as they develop in public discourse.
7. Ability to quickly absorb information and locate and synthesize disparate sources of data.
8. Familiarity with data processing skills, the internet, public records and documents, governmental bodies, and the community that the radio station serves.
9. Knowledge of generally accepted journalistic standards of objectivity, fairness, and balance when editing own work and the work of others, as well as working knowledge of The Associated Press Stylebook.?
10. Ability to balance competing priorities and work on tight daily deadlines and longer term projects with a high degree of accuracy.
11. Ability to comfortably interact with the general public.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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