Agriculture News Reporter, Illinois Public Media

July 22, 2019

Illinois Public Media seeks an Agriculture News Reporter for the WILL AM-FM-TV public broadcasting stations licensed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The incumbent will serve as reporter in the Illinois Public Media newsroom, while contributing stories to the Harvest Public Media and Illinois Newsroom regional journalism collaborations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Illinois Public Media Newsroom

  • Produce 1-2 spot stories per week for air and web around breaking news, and as part of compelling enterprise stories.
  • Cultivate a broad base of sources and engage with the communities you cover.
  • Assist with public events.
  • Fill in as an on-air host for Morning Edition and/or All Things Considered on an as-needed basis.
  • Develop specialized knowledge of the region and its stories.
  • Lead or assist on special reporting projects.

Harvest Public Media

  • Produce one radio and accompanying web feature every 3 to 4 weeks covering regional issues in agriculture and rural life.
  • Work with your editor and regional reporting team to shape your beat, priorities, and focus.
  • Collect professional quality visuals, including photos and data that can be used to produce data graphics, to accompany web content.
  • Report on ag life, while catering to a regional and national audience.
  • Share appropriate spot stories for use across Harvest partner stations in the region.
  • Lead or assist on special reporting projects.
  • Assist with public events.

Illinois Newsroom

  • Work with your editor and regional reporting team to shape your beat, priorities, and focus.
  • Lead or assist on special reporting projects.
  • Assist with public events.
  • Other duties as assigned


Any one or any combination totaling three (3) years (36 months) of the following types of preparation:

  1. Progressively more responsible work experience in the production and presentation of radio or television programs, social media, and/or print or online journalism
  2. Vocational training in radio and/or television production, journalism, social media, news or feature writing and/or announcing or closely related fields
  3. College course work in radio/television, journalism, social media, news or feature writing or closely related fields
  4. 60 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
  5. 75 semester hours equals one (1) year and six (6) months (18 months)
  6. 90-semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
  7. 120 semester hours or a Bachelor’s degree equals three (3) years (36 months)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications, or a related field 
  • One year reporting on agricultural issues. Experience managing an agriculture beat.

Successful Candidates will have the following skills:

  • Audio editing using Adobe Audition or similar software.
  • Meet deadlines and turn stories quickly.
  • Communicate with teams over Slack and email.
  • Provide peer editing of other reporter's spot stories.
  • Develop a beat, dig deeply into stories, and uncover new information.
  • Manage multiple assignments.
  • Ability to use interviews, documents and public records, internet tools and social media to gather information, report and tell stories in compelling, engaging ways.
  • Comfort with navigating data and finding stories within it.
  • Demonstrated reporting accomplishments.
  • Demonstrated competency in digital journalism. Ability to write and use sound in engaging ways.
  • Familiarity with open records laws and procedures.

Appointment Information:

This is a full-time Civil Service Media Write/Producer/Announcer I classification with a position title of Agriculture News Reporter, appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after August 26, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Applications must be received by August 26, 2019. Apply for this position on the University of Illinois job listing page for this position.  If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at  If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification.  To complete the application process:

  1. Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
  2. Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.
  3. Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three references.

Applications not submitted through the University of Illinois jobs website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Annetta Allison, HR Coordinator, 217-265-7648 or For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit