Illinois Public Media: Extra Help Reporter


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Illinois Public Media is looking for an experienced Extra Help reporter to join the news team at Illinois Public Media/WILL-AM/FM based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Extra Help employees can work for a maximum of 900 hours of actual work in any consecutive 12 calendar months. Upon working 900 hours, an Extra Help employee may not work in any other Extra Help position until after 30 calendar days.

The right candidate must have the ability to handle stories on all topics, especially breaking news; generate story ideas; display an on-air presence that is friendly and authoritative, and engage on social media platforms. The candidate must have the right combination of news judgment and experience, who is willing and available to work all days and shifts – including overnights, weekends, and holidays.


  • Produce news stories, features, and interviews for broadcast and digital distribution.
  • Cultivate a wide pool of sources throughout Central Illinois with the goal of creating thoughtful, meaningful, original content.
  • Work with a team of colleagues to produce daily newscasts on a deadline.
  • Ability to report breaking news and ongoing community safety stories.
  • Work with regional NPR editors to regularly nationalize regional stories.
  • Ability to serve as a peer editor when needed.
  • Serve as the backup host for All Things Considered or Morning Edition as needed.
  • Participate in training and workshops on a quest for constant improvement and growth.
  • Attend major donor events and other public events produced by the station, participate in on-air fundraising campaigns, and help to represent the station at other community events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Solid experience in radio or television reporting, audio editing, and production.
  • Deep demonstrated knowledge of the ethics and practices of journalism.
  • Understanding of the purpose and mission of public broadcasting.
  • Strong time management skills: ability to meet deadlines on a regular basis.
  • Excellent collaboration skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Public radio experience
  • Knowledge of issues facing the Midwest and specifically Central Illinois
  • Demonstrated content collaboration experience
  • Ability to edit on Audio Audition and digital content management software

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and an audio reporting example to Reginald Hardwick, News & Public Affairs Director at rh14@illinois.edu with “Reporter” in the subject line. Position open until filled. No phone calls, please.

Minimum Starting Salary: $20.00 per hour

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