Job Opportunities

WILL - Job Opportunities - September 08, 2014

Senior Host/Producer, Illinois Public Media (WILL AM-FM-TV-Online)

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This is a rare opportunity for you to lead our award-winning radio talk show, Focus. We’re looking for an experienced journalist who looks for the “big idea” behind the news, who knows how to frame a daily on-air conversation that’s engaging, surprising, entertaining and relevant to our diverse audiences.  The Senior Host/Producer will join our growing team of journalists at WILL AM-FM-TV-Online (will.illinois.edu), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

The Senior Host/Producer will work closely with the Focus production team to create daily programs that stand out among local and public media with topics that surprise, guests who shine and stories that connect with listeners’ lives. The Senior Host/Producer reports to the Director of News and Public Affairs, a former editor for NPR’s Talk of the Nation. This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious journalist to help build on Focus’ local success and develop a sustainable, regional service.  It’s also an ideal position for someone who wants to set the news agenda for the region and the state and who’s looking to make a difference in a high-profile, high-impact role at a station that’s based in a smart, engaged community. In the past year, the WILL newsroom was honored with PRNDI, regional Murrow and Illinois AP awards and named “Best Downstate News Operation.”  Focus was recognized with a 2013 PRNDI award.


WILL - Job Opportunities - September 07, 2014

Producer, Illinois Public Media

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Illinois Public Media seeks an ambitious producer to build on the local success of its award-winning call-in, radio talk show, Focus, and to help create a regional program that’s engaging, surprising, entertaining and relevant to our diverse audiences on air and online. The Producer will join our growing team of journalists at WILL AM-FM-TV-Online (will.illinois.edu), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This position reports to the Director of News and Public Affairs, a former editor for NPR’s Talk of the Nation.


WILL - Job Opportunities - August 28, 2014

Educational Outreach Assistant - Student Hourly position

Illinois Public Media seeks a self-directed, organized individual to provide support for volunteers and teachers in our Book Mentor Project. This is a part-time student hourly position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, beginning September 2014 and ending May 2015 for 5-10 hours per week at $8.25/hr. Benefits are not included. 

Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV-Online) is the public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Our mission is to educate, entertain, inspire and empower audiences by providing the best of public radio and television programs.

For more information on the Book Mentor Project visit: http://will.illinois.edu/education/bookmentors

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of PBS KIDS educational resources (including apps for mobile devices, tablets and interactive white boards) and strong conversational and presentation skills.  Major course of study in Education or Media preferred. Bilingual Spanish/English speaker preferred. 

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume with three references by September 8, 2014 to Suzanne Linder at slinder@illinois.edu.

Illinois Public Media at the University of Illinois is an AA/EOE. www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu  


WILL - Job Opportunities - August 20, 2014

Student Internship – News Producing/Social Media—Fall, 2014

Illinois Public Media is looking for a student who’s passionate about radio news, digital reporting and social media for the fall news producing and social media internship at WILL, the NPR News station in Champaign-Urbana.  Interns learn alongside media professionals while researching and gathering information for on-air and online delivery and identifying social media tools, trends and opportunities. This is an unpaid position that requires a minimum of 10 hours each week for 10-12 weeks.