News Reporter - Illinois Public Media (A1700438)

News Reporter
Illinois Public Media
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Public Media is looking for a Reporter to join our ambitious and growing news team. The reporter serves central Illinois communities with strong news stories that explore unique angles and prioritize substance, depth and context.

This is a job for an early- or mid-career reporter with an ear for powerful stories that connect communities. You have excellent news judgment, understand the role and importance of great local journalism, and have a strong sense of how local, regional and national news intersect. You love finding new ways to tell and share stories and want to learn and grow with the full support of experienced managers and editors. You are curious, an active part of your community and find satisfaction from discovering and developing unique stories and sources.

About the station: Illinois Public Media has a deep history of serving our community through journalism and engagement. We are financially strong, growing and focusing even more on high-quality journalism. And it's an important moment in Illinois for the kind of journalism that explores the issues that affect people's lives, focuses on potential solutions and holds public officials accountable. Our newsroom includes a 10-person team of reporters, hosts, editors and producers who serve local and regional audiences. That includes The 21st, a statewide talk show, and journalists who support the soon-to-launch Illinois Newsroom collaboration. We're based at the flagship campus of the University of Illinois in a vibrant micro-urban area and see ourselves as supporting dynamic, thriving communities informed and inspired by public media.

The News Reporter Produces in-depth, audio-rich stories that provide depth and context on topics relevant to the communities served by IPM. Investigate issues, report, write, voice, produce and publish news content for broadcast, web and social media.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the issues facing the communities served by Illinois Public Media and report on those issues in a factual and timely manner across platforms, reflecting the issue's complexity and diversity of perspectives.
2. Pitch well-developed ideas for features, interviews and spots that make best use of the audio format, reflect the issues facing our communities move the story forward and represent the diverse voices and perspectives of the region.
3. Cultivate sources and develop contact list. Make appropriate, timely, and effective independent decisions regarding issues to be covered and in coordination with editor.
4. Produce spot news stories for air and web efficiently and on tight deadline. Be self-directed in identifying potential assignments, maintain productivity in both quantity and quality of work, and appropriately plan, organize, prioritize, and promote work in coordination with editor.
5. Respond to breaking news, report live, and cover other news as assigned.
6. Actively use Twitter, Facebook and other social media in the reporting process and to rapidly share news and information with the audience.
7. Keep up-to-date on issues in a variety of local and regional topics and participate in the station's engagement process as one method of determining stories.
8. Fill-in for show hosts as needed; consistently deliver a professional on-air presentation during anchoring of newscasts and operate the control board during live broadcasts; select materials from national, regional, state and local sources to be included in the programs and write transitional materials for use during the programs.
9. Mentor news interns and student journalists.
10. Participate in pledge drive trainings and as pledge talent during fund drives. Participate in marketing activities, community engagement projects and other audience interactions as assigned on behalf of Illinois Public Media, including interacting with audiences on our social media platforms.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree
Preferred: In Journalism or Communications

Experience Required:
1. At least one-year experience in news reporting or anchoring, public broadcasting preferred
2. Experience using social media for reporting and audience engagement.
3. Reporting experience in broadcast media and web preferred.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: 1. Ability to edit audio with Adobe Audition, upload files to WILL's Audio Vault audio platform and add content to the website's CMS. 2. Voice-delivery training. 3. Skilled at Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Access, and Lync), Google Docs and Sheets.

Knowledge Requirements:
Required: 1. Extensive knowledge of local, regional and national current events and issues. 2. Ability to write accurately, clearly and concisely for broadcast and web. 3. Ability to anchor a broadcast news program with a confident, intelligent and friendly manner. 4. Familiarity with libel rules, social media policies and best practices and the codes of ethics adopted by Illinois Public Media.

Application Procedures:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by August 15, 2017. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Media/IPM
Category: Academic Professional
Title: News Reporter - Illinois Public Media (A1700438)
Open Date: 07/19/2017
Close Date: 08/15/2017
Organization Name: IPM Administration:Business Offic