Seeking Four Multimedia Journalists for Illinois Edition


Category:  Academic Professional

Title: Multimedia Journalist

Location:  Springfield, Illinois



Illinois Edition is a daily, one-hour news magazine that airs on multiple stations in Illinois.  After five years of on-air development, four additional team members are to be hired. Initial assignment may include:

  • Statehouse reporting for program and Illinois RJC
  • In-depth features reporting and editing for Hearken-driven Illinois Issues weekly program segment
  • Lead editing and general assignment reporting for program
  • General assignment reporting and anchoring for program


Seeking audio journalists to be evidence-based storytellers who can take complex stories and make them relevant to audiences through audio and digital platforms while meeting daily deadlines.  Ideal candidates will have over one year of journalism experience, preferably in public media, examples of:  previous engaging audio storytelling, conversational delivery, strategies that drove digital readership, and visual reporting.

The search committees begin screening applicants June 1, 2017.  Applications will be considered until the position is filled or search is terminated. 


Based in the state capital, NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS is licensed to the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Characteristic duties and responsibilities:

  • Research, conduct multiple interviews on-site, and deliver originally reported NPR-quality features as assigned on deadline. Edit portions of these interviews for daily Illinois Edition usage. Assure stories are relevant and understandable to the community while being balanced, evidence-based and accurate. Creative approach to reporting with an accessible, advanced radio storytelling technique. Produce stories with a statewide target audience. Trained to ascertaining truth with attention to detail. Manage multiple assignments and deadlines concurrently that involve time-consuming reporting with a sophisticated narrative. Travel when necessary to produce sound that doesn’t involve phone recordings and is rich and scene-setting in support of the story.
  • Build subject matter expertise of assigned beat/project in order to produce content with the highest level of credibility, serve as an expert on beat/project in Illinois for media across the state, and strategically plan coverage.
  • Host programs, anchor, announce newscasts, interviewing newsmakers live, and responding to breaking news. May lead team coverage of breaking news during determining whether to pre-empt regular programming for special coverage. Develop an on-air personality and credibility. Able to participate in impromptu two-ways on beat/project.
  • Responsible for station’s digital presence for beat/project through developing, editing and crafting digital story posts on website, social media, podcasts, and other channels. Edits materials produced by other reporters and assists them in production. Develops necessary graphics to support postings.
  • Ensure editorial integrity of news reports and comply with applicable laws, and FCC regulations. Complete appropriate paperwork and other duties as assigned.
  • Train and supervise interns and student workers.
  • Aggregate reporting into at least one sixty minute special recap program annually.
  • Enthusiastically participate in station fundraising and engagement activities and adapt to new work situations, people, ideas, procedures, and organizational structures, in order to accommodate an evolving work environment.


Minimum Education and Work Experience should include:

  • Keen sense of news judgment and ability to make independent decisions
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Ability to plan and manage multiple assignments
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent subject matter
  • Minimum one year journalism experience
  • Conversational on-air delivery
  • Proficiency at efficiently editing and producing audio story segments
  • Proficiency in operating broadcast equipment with an emphasis on audio and digital production
  • Ability to meet daily deadlines delivering audio and digital stories simultaneously
  • Developed digital style that results in engaging stories
  • Proven experience using social/digital media to drive story traffic
  • Ability to take initiative and work with minimal amount of direct supervision while being responsive to direction
  • Ability to communicate effectively with and understand sources and experts
  • Understanding of state and local government
  • Experience and knowledge of standard newsroom practices
  • Familiarity with public media journalism
  • Teamwork
  • Thorough knowledge of computer systems in a news environment


Application Process:

Please select the "Apply For Position" link below, create or update your profile and upload a cover letter of application addressing qualifications related to the position, a resume and the names and contact information (phone and email address) for at least 3 references.

New applications will continue to be evaluated until a hire is made.


The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.