WILL EEO Reports

ANNUAL EEO PUBLIC FILE REPORT for August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014


The purpose of this EEO Public File Report is to comply with Section 73.2080©(6) of the FCC’s 2002 EEO Rule. This Report has been prepared on behalf of the Illinois Public Media Station Employment Unit that is comprised of the following stations: WILL-AM, WILL-FM and WILL-TV in Urbana, IL. This report is required to be placed in the public inspection files of this station, and posted on our website.  The information in this Report covers the time period beginning August 1, 2013 to and including July 31, 2014 (the “Applicable Period”).

The FCC’s 2002 EEO Rule requires that this Report contain the following information:

  1. A list of all full-time vacancies filled by the Station Employment Unit during the Applicable period.
  2. For each vacancy, the recruitment source(s) utilized to fill the vacancy (including, if applicable, organizations entitled to notification pursuant to Section 73.2080 ©(1)(ii) of the new EEO Rule, which should be separately identified), identified by name, address, contact person and telephone number.
  3. The recruitment source that referred the hiree for each full-time vacancy during the Applicable Period.
  4. Data reflecting the total number of persons interviewed for full-time vacancies during the Applicable Period and the total number of interviewees referred by each recruitment source utilized in connection with such vacancies.
  5. A list and brief description of the supplemental (non-vacancy specific) recruitment initiatives undertaken pursuant to Section 73.2080©(2) of the FCC rules.

Sections 1 and 2. One full-time vacancy was filled during this reporting period.  Contact information for recruitment sources follows.

Job #1 Title:    Office Support Associate
Date Filled:     June 22, 2014

Recruitment Source Used:  Staff Human Resources, University of Illinois
Number of persons interviewed from this source:     1
Number of persons hired from this referral source:    1
Contact information for this recruitment source:
Staff Human Resources, University of Illinois
Alicia Lowery, Deputy Director
Personnel Services Building
52 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL  61820
(217) 333-3101

Note:  Employee’s position in another University department was eliminated.  Due to seniority rules of the State University Civil Service System, the employee was eligible for this position and was the only person interviewed.

Section 3. No organizations asked to be notified of vacancies.

Section 4. Supplemental (Non-Vacancy Specific) Outreach/Recruitment Activities Undertaken by WILL/Illinois Public Media during reporting period 8/1/13-7/31/14.

Participation in events relating to career opportunities sponsored by educational institutions.

September 2013 – May 2014  Illinois Public Media continues to help students and teachers at Stratton Leadership & MicroSociety Magnet School in Champaign to create, maintain and staff their 21st Century Digital Media Center.   The elementary school is located in an underserved low-income neighborhood.  The Center allows students to run their own video production studio, anchor newscasts, write and videotape stories, edit video and publish content on their website, strattonsociety.org. Stratton’s 21st Century Digital Media Center is part of their microsociety and is one of 23 businesses, services, centers, organizations or non-profit agencies run by students during the school day.  WILL staff created the curriculum for the Center, aligning it with state standards for technology competencies for 3rd through 5th grade students.   WILL received a grant from Unit 4 Schools to support the Stratton Digital Media Center for the 2012-2015 school years with a goal of teaching the students and teachers to run the Media Center on their own. 

April-May 2014     WILL partnered with the Champaign Unit 4 School District again this year to provide an educational opportunity for all fourth grade classrooms in the District.  Over 700 students were given a tour of the radio studios, participated in mock interviews in the television studio, and learned how Illinois Public Media (and PBS Learning Media) use primary source documents in content creation.  Through this program, students were given an early introduction to possible career opportunities in media and broadcasting.

Participation in other activities designed by the station to develop employment opportunities in broadcasting.

On an on-going basis, the WILL Stations work with teachers at University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois to develop an oral history curriculum to train students in the basics of audio production and journalism.  Each year, the students produce a documentary that is broadcast on WILL Radio and WILL online. Their radio documentary on The Changing Military aired November 3, 2013. Several students have chosen to major in journalism at the college level as a result of this experience. http://will.illinois.edu/community 

Participation in job fairs by personnel who have responsibility in the making of hiring decisions.

On October 14, 2013, Illinois Public Media hosted the Fall Open House for prospective students of the College of Media at the University of Illinois. Several key IPM staff members, including the WILL Station Manager, the News Director and the Marketing Director, were on hand to meet prospective college students and their families.  This event gave us an opportunity to give high school students a demonstration of broadcasting studio operations and discuss potential careers in broadcasting.

The WILL Station Manager, Bob Culkeen, and the Human Resources Officer, Dee Breeding, participated in two career fairs on behalf of Illinois Public Media.  On March 18, 2014, IPM manned a recruitment booth at the University of Illinois All-Campus Career Fair, which was open to U of I students and graduates from all degree levels and fields of study.  Bob and Dee met with over 50 attendees, many of whom were minority students, collecting resumes and distributing information about potential careers in broadcasting and existing internship and trainee opportunities at IPM.  On April 10, 2014, IPM participated in the Job Fair at Parkland College, which was open to students and interested community members. Again, Mr. Culkeen and Ms. Breeding met with participants, collected resumes, and distributed information about potential careers in broadcasting.

Training opportunities for station personnel.

Station WILL-TV hires minority trainees, with little or no experience in television production, and teaches them the rudiments of camera operation and studio production.  The young people involved in this program are provided with skills that can qualify them for higher level, full-time positions in broadcasting.  Five minority trainees were hired during this reporting period.  One Hispanic female has already advanced to a senior production crew position.

Work-study students from the University of Illinois are hired annually and trained to handle customer service and provide staff support for various departments at the stations.  Through this work, students learn a great deal about different aspects of the broadcasting operation, including radio and television programming, development/fundraising activities, marketing, production, and an overview of the technical areas covered by broadcast engineering and operations.  Students are encouraged to participate in station activities and to learn about careers through direct interaction with various broadcast professionals.  Four minority students were hired and trained in this position during this reporting period.

Internship opportunities designed to develop skills needed for broadcast employment. 

Three interns worked in the WILL radio News and Public Affairs department during this reporting period and received course credit from the University of Illinois.  These news reporter and public affairs program producer interns received mentoring and training from the IPM news and public affairs staff and News Director.  All three learned to pitch, write and produce news stories and features which aired on WILL radio and online at will.illinois.edu. Intern Ryan Weber’s story on mobility issues for physically disabled community members was picked up online by Reddit and other social media sites, and also aired nationally on NPR.