Multimedia Producer

July 20, 2016

Multimedia Producer
Illinois Public Media
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Public Media seeks a full-time Multimedia Producer to serve as primary multimedia producer for Illinois Public Media news and talk programming, including The 21st, IPM's daily, one-hour, talk show.

Illinois Public Media is looking for a producer with a startup mentality to help launch its new statewide talk show, The 21st. What do we mean by startup mentality? Someone immersed in news, information and culture, whether you find that by actual in-person encounters, or virtually via social media platforms, apps or podcasts. You’re the type of person who loves to find the next breakout artist, writer, thinker or hashtag that you want to share.

The ideal candidate is someone who thrives under the pressure of daily show production, communicates well with others and likes to have fun at work. It’s also a chance to create a modern public radio show with new audiences in mind. You don’t have to have a public media background, just experience in daily broadcast news production.

You’d be working with a team of journalists with local and national talk show experience at a station that’s leading a new CPB-funded statewide news collaboration. If that’s not enough, the job comes with competitive pay, excellent benefits including free tuition at the University of Illinois and a vibrant, engaged community.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

• Works on The 21st, but will need some flexibility to work on producing the Morning Edition.
• Works closely with hosts and production teams to conceive, book and produce segments; write news and promotional copy; package content to post to social media; and create daily programs that stand out among local and public media with topics that surprise, guests who shine and stories that connect with listeners.
• Plays a key role, working closely with the news director, talk show host and talk show producer and inside and outside partners, to launch a sustainable, statewide talk program.
• Lead IPM's digital news efforts around key local programming. Write and edit copy for web and social media; prepare and post stories and images; repackage interviews and segments for sharing online. This may require early morning work hours.
• Identify the “big idea” or shared experience underlying national or international news stories to develop surprising regional angles and conversations
• Pitch segments, book guests, pre-interview potential guests, write copy, screen calls and research show topics
• Help identify voices and views that we don’t tend to hear on public broadcasting and develop specific topics of coverage, series and signature segments.
• Work closely with host, production team and news staff to conceive, develop and create live and pre-recorded elements and features.
• Keep up-to-date on news, arts, culture and other local and regional issues, demonstrating an interest in the people and ideas shaping the region
• Read a wide range of national and regional newspapers, news sites, blogs, magazines, journals, books, social media and other sources to identify engaging topics of conversation
• Provide leadership in IPM’s efforts to expand The 21st into a sustainable regional service carried by other public media stations
• Work with production team to shape and focus every segment by mapping out pacing, key questions and necessary guests
• Work closely with the show’s host to ensure quality of host preparation
• Demonstrate sound news judgment, the highest journalistic ethics and an understanding of the sound and role of public media.
• Develop audiences using Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
• Serve as regular and/or substitute host as assigned.
• 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.

 Position Requirements and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required.

• One year experience in journalism, or equivalent.
• Demonstrated reporting and writing skills.
• Demonstrated ability to pitch timely, diverse and relevant story ideas.
• Experience with social media and knowledge of social media best practices.
• Experience working with a diverse group of people.
• Ability to meet strict broadcast deadlines.
• Ability to work accurately with strict attention to detail.
• Ability to work well with colleagues and the public.

• Skilled in using audio recording equipment and digital cameras and editing software, Adobe preferred.
• Skilled at adding multimedia content to websites using web content standards.
• Skilled at using social media.

Knowledge Requirements:
• Ability to connect local, regional and national current events and issues in ways that are relevant to the audience.
• Ability to write clearly and concisely for broadcast and web.
• Familiarity with libel rules, social media policies and best practices.
• Ability to learn and comply with FCC rules, emergency alert system requirements, and severe weather coverage policies.
• Ability to learn and follow the codes of ethics adopted by Illinois Public Media.

Work Schedule and Environmental Demands: 
The Multimedia Producer is an exempt academic professional position.  Hours currently range from 8:00am until 5:00pm but shift to 5:00am until 2:00pm when working on Morning Edition. Additional evening and/or weekend hours may be needed based on station demands.

The Multimedia Producer works primarily in a normal office setting.  Some responsibilities will require work in the radio and television broadcasting studios.  The multimedia producer should also be comfortable traveling to various off-site locations, greeting the public, and participating in meetings and conferences in various venues.

Application Procedures:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by August 22, 2016. 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. (