Illinois Public Media 21st Show Social Media Internship - Spring 2016

March 22, 2016

Illinois Public Media is looking for a student who's passionate about producing for a daily talk show for our spring internship at WILL, the NPR News and PBS station in Champaign-Urbana. Interns learn alongside professional journalists while using social media analytic tools to help find sources, report out stories and produce segments for our daily talk show, The 21st. The job includes using social media to report on issues relevant to our audiences, research and gather information. Job duties also include, when necessary, scheduling and conducting interviews, writing copy and reporting. The intern will be paid $1,000 and requires a commitment of 10 hours each week for 10 weeks. May also receive internship course credit, inquire with your College to seek enrollment approval.


Use tools like Crimson Hexagon to help research/report segments and stories for The 21st.
Liaise with Social Media Analytics Lab leader Joe Yun to help produce show segments
Gather audio from news conferences and events, conduct interviews and write news copy for air, web and social media.
Assist in production of The 21st using social media tools.
Participate in editorial meetings and suggest story ideas and guests.
Keep up on current issues, events and newsmakers in Illinois.
Engage with audiences through social media.
Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence.


Excellent writing skills
Organized and motivated self-starter
Previous journalism experience
Strong news judgment
Producing audio, video and written content
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
Demonstrated ability to work with a team
Schedule must allow for regular blocks of time in the newsroom and/or covering events
Must be enrolled at the University of Illinois
Experience working with social media analysis sites like Crimson Hexagon.

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter and three samples of your work to Niala Boodhoo,, by March 31, 2016. Interviews may begin sooner, but no candidate will be selected until after the deadline. Illinois Public Media is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.