Illinois Public Media has a rare opening for Senior Host/Producer for its signature call-in radio talk show, Focus. We’re looking for an experienced journalist and conversationalist to join our award-winning team of journalists at WILL AM-FM-TV-Online, the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Senior Host/Producer will work closely with the Focus producer to create daily programs that stand out among local and public media with topics that surprise, guests who shine and stories that connect with audiences’ lives. This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious journalist to help build on Focus’ local success and develop a sustainable, regional service.
The primary responsibilities of the Senior Host/Producer at Illinois Public Media are to host programs, news segments, special coverage and events and to participate in the production of broadcast programs.
In performing this job, the successful Host/Producer will:
• Welcome diverse and multi-cultural views and ideas from people with wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences
• Include audiences in the discussion in ways that add value, inform and/or offer insight into a unique or shared experience
• Create a safe on-air and/or community space for guests and audience members to share surprising, compelling and sometimes uncomfortable experiences
• Participate in program planning meetings, suggesting ideas for Focus and other programs, program guests, creative use of sound and other elements.
• Help identify the “big idea” or shared experience underlying news stories to develop surprising local angles and conversations
• Write program billboards and introductory copy and deliver seamless live, non-scripted material
• Develop a significant online and social media presence
• Participate in on-air fundraising
• Follow local, regional and national news closely
• A bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, communications or a related field
• At least three years of journalism experience
• Proven ability to write for a broadcast audience
• Well-developed curiosity in a wide range of subjects and a broad range of general news knowledge.
• Engaging, energetic and conversational on-air presence
• Deep knowledge of news and excellent news judgment
• Ability to lead a daily talk program that reflects the interests of a diverse audience
• Ability to handle rapidly moving and breaking news stories
• Knowledge of online journalism practices
• Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at IPM and within the public radio system
SALARY and BENEFITS: Salary range $36,000 to $40,000. No relocation expenses provided. This is a full-time academic professional position at the Urbana campus. The University of Illinois offers a generous benefits package, which includes one month of paid vacation annually, health, dental and life insurance, sick leave, a pension system, and tuition benefits.
TO APPLY: Apply here http://bit.ly/1eGkMLq. Complete an application and upload a cover letter, resume, list of three professional references, and audio or video samples of your work in journalism or talk show hosting. Please let us know how you learned about this job opening. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2013. Interviews may take place before November 15, but a hire will not be made until after that date. Starting date: January 6, 2014 or a mutually acceptable date. For more information, call Dee Breeding, HR Specialist, at 217-333-7300, or email email@example.com.
We have a long-term commitment to news and public affairs that began in 1922 and continues today with a news department that was named best downstate Illinois news operation twice in the last five years. Our AP award-winning reporters’ work has been featured on NPR and we regularly share our news stories with our peers as part of a network of stations known as Illinois Public Radio. Our organization is experimenting and innovating to keep pace with the demands of a changing media environment and to deepen our reach and impact in the region we serve. In the last two years, we’ve reorganized our staff to make ourselves more nimble in creating cross-platform content that responds to community needs and opportunities. Our reorganization seems to have paid-off as we won a Telly Award and two Communicator Awards in 2012. We’re excited about our partnership with CU-Citizen Access, a community and student journalism project led by U of I journalism professors, whose reporters are providing Illinois Public Media with news content.
The WILL stations, also known as Illinois Public Media and licensed to the University of Illinois, include a PBS-affiliated television station, an all-news AM station and a dual-format (news and classical) FM station. A second FM station provides a full-time classical service. The WILL stations are working with partners in the community to highlight and address community needs. To learn more about Illinois Public Media, click here for the stations’ annual reports.
A few words about our environment: Here in central Illinois we’re surrounded by corn fields, it’s true. That’s one reason we provide a strong Agricultural Service. We’re also located in one of the hippest micro-urban communities in the state: Champaign-Urbana, a growing community of more than 120,000. Our diverse environment is home to many ethnic groups, places of worship, recreational facilities, parks, the annual Roger Ebert Film Festival, a burgeoning music and club scene, an outstanding mass transit system and more. We are also a bicycle-friendly community, and if you have children, we’ve got great schools and childcare, including our university-based preschool and childcare program known as the Child Development Laboratory. We’re part of a world-class university, the University of Illinois, with one of the nation’s top performance venues, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; one of the largest university libraries in the world; Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners; and top researchers in supercomputing design. Downtown Champaign boasts an active night life with restaurants, nightclubs and music. We can hop in the car and in a few hours be in Chicago, St. Louis or Indianapolis. In short, it’s a great place to live for families and for single people.
Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois. Our mission is to enrich people’s lives through programs and services that educate, entertain, inspire and empower by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local content for TV, radio and the Web while working with community partners to address needs and concerns.
The University of Illinois is home to Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners. The university’s library is one of the largest in the world and its Krannert Center is one of the nation’s top performance venues. Residents of Champaign-Urbana enjoy a thriving arts scene, an active night life, Big Ten sports, museums, parks and a growing system of bicycle paths.
Illinois Public Media at the University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu