University of Illinois Illinois Public Media, College of Media Broadcasting Engineer

The University of Illinois’ Illinois Public Media seeks a Broadcasting Engineer to perform the installation, removal, operation, and maintenance of radio and television equipment essential to the operation and broadcast of the WILL stations. The person in this position will help complete the transition to Digital Radio and TV broadcasting.

Applicants must have either (A) credit for 60 semester hours of college course work, with a minimum of 30 semester hours in electrical engineering or electronics, (B) Associate degree in electronics or radio/television engineering, successful completion of a trade or vocational school program in electronics or radio/television engineering lasting two academic years, 18 months of experience in radio and television engineering or television engineering or (E) any combination of A – D that totals 18 months. This position also requires current, demonstrated experience in: installing, maintaining, and integrating studio, remote control, digital broadcast computer equipment, and transmitter digital/analog equipment for radio/television, including application of FCC rules and regulations; broadcast audio, video, and transport stream IP networking systems; Broadcast electronic circuit test equipment for troubleshooting digital signals to board and/or component level; Broadcast proprietary software such as: digital audio delivery systems; digital radio and TV automation systems; radio and TV traffic systems; HDTV PSIP creation systems; digital audio and video networked server systems; digital video switchers; and digital software-controlled terminal gear.

To view a full description of the position and requirements and to apply online please visit and submit an exam request for Broadcasting Engineer. Electronic application and Civil Service exam request (two separate documents) must be received by close of business on Monday, September 17.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and references to:
Stephanie Swearingen
HR Officer Staff Human Resources
52 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

The University of Illinois is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. University Administration welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a written contingent offer.

Assistant Professor of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Department of Journalism

The Department of Journalism seeks a colleague for a tenure-track assistant professor position in augmented reality and virtual reality, including the interaction between the old and new media systems and platforms. Successful candidates should demonstrate an innovative research, creative activity and teaching agenda. This tenure-track, nine-month position will begin August 2019.

Academic scholars and journalism practitioners are encouraged to apply. Scholars must have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. Journalism practitioners must have a master’s degree or equivalent and have amassed an outstanding record of achievement in the profession.  All candidates should possess the potential for high-quality research and teaching. The word “research” is interpreted to include not only traditional research and scholarship, but also to encompass professional journalistic work (labeled “creative activity” in the Illinois promotion and tenure guidelines).

Candidates with special interest in original research or creative works in one or more of the following areas will be given higher priority:

  • Immersive storytelling
  • Ethics of AR/VR use
  • Mobile and interactive design
  • Digital/multimedia journalism experience, including multilinear storytelling
  • Social and new media use
  • Other innovative technologies used to gather and to distribute news and information
  • Audience engagement analytics and application
  • Big data and society, including analyzing, visualizing, and telling stories with data
  • Gaming and digital narrative
  • Locative and mobile media mapping

Successful candidates will be expected to develop a strong research/creative works program with the potential to attract outside funding and to work collaboratively with faculty across the campus. Teaching duties will include AR/VR/MR media courses and development of courses and graduate seminars in a variety of areas related to storytelling in innovative technologies. An ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity through research, teaching and outreach is desired.  

Faculty members in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois publish in flagship journals, assume leadership roles in major associations and engage in significant creative endeavor. They collaborate across disciplines at the university, including the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the School of Information Sciences and the Cline Center for Democracy.

In addition to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students, our faculty work with master’s students in Journalism’s M.S. program and, together with the departments of Advertising and Media and Cinema Studies, train doctoral students in the Institute of Communications Research. The College of Media is also home to Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV-Online), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois; UI-7, the university’s cable channel; and CU-Citizen Access, a community-based newsroom with a heavy emphasis on data journalism.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates should create a candidate profile at and upload a cover letter explaining how the candidate’s academic training and background — including research, creative endeavor, teaching qualifications and/or professional experience — make the applicant suitable for the position; curriculum vitae, samples of work, and a list of full contact information for three references.  All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by Oct. 29, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  The review will continue until the position has been filled.  For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Jane Dowler at or 217-333-2351.

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 To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Senior Multimedia Producer - Illinois Public Media

Illinois Public Media has a rare opportunity for an experienced producer to help lead its award-winning statewide talk show, The 21st.

The 21st is a weekday public radio talk show hosted by veteran journalist Niala Boodhoo, broadcast on five stations across Illinois with a goal of bringing Illinoisans the news, culture and stories that matter. The Senior Multimedia Producer will shape show priorities and daily programming decisions while working closely with a dynamic production team, partner stations, the Illinois Public Media newsroom, and Illinois Newsroom regional journalism collaborative. This is a position for you if you enjoy working in a fast-paced, daily deadline environment with a small but dedicated team that likes to approach work with a sense of purpose and joy.

Illinois Public Media has a deep history of serving our community through journalism and engagement. We are financially strong, growing and focusing even more on high-quality journalism. Our newsroom includes a 12-person team of reporters, hosts, editors and producers who serve local and regional audiences. We’re based at the flagship campus of the University of Illinois in a vibrant micro-urban area and see ourselves as supporting dynamic, thriving communities informed and inspired by public media.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Works closely with host to help lead a team of journalists to conceive, book and produce segments; write news and promotional copy; package content to post to social media; and create daily programs that stand out among local and public media with topics that surprise, guests who captivate and stories that connect with listeners.
  2. Plays a leadership role on The 21st team helping to expand the reach and impact of the show on air, online and in the community. Communicates effectively with current and potential partners, focuses on researching and identifying audience needs in communities across the state.
  3. Researches and identifies the “big idea” or shared experience underlying local, national and international news stories to develop surprising regional angles and conversations. Helps shape and focus every segment by mapping out pacing, key questions and guests. Works closely with the host to ensure quality of host preparation. Works closely with host, production team and news staff to conceive, develop and create live and pre-recorded interviews, elements and features.
  4. Conducts outreach and education to the communities the show reaches, to station partners and to the students who work on the show. This job requires close work with community members and groups, students and interns.
  5. Proficient in social media outreach, analytics and other data to help inform decisions and priorities.
  6. Writes and edits copy for web and social media; prepare and post stories and images; repackage interviews and segments for sharing online and engage with audiences through social media.
  7. Pitches segments, books guests, pre-interviews potential guests, writes copy, screens calls and researches show topics. Helps identify voices and views that we don’t tend to hear on public broadcasting and develop specific topics of coverage, series and signature segments.
  8. Keeps up-to-date on news, arts, culture and other local and regional issues. Builds relationships, demonstrating an interest in the people and ideas shaping the region. Reads a wide range of national and regional newspapers, news sites, blogs, magazines, journals, books, social media and other sources to identify engaging topics of conversation.
  9. Demonstrates sound news judgment, the highest journalistic ethics and an understanding of the sound and role of public media.
  10. Participates in pledge drives, marketing activities, community engagement projects and other audience interactions as assigned on behalf of Illinois Public Media.

Position Requirements and Qualifications


Required: Bachelor’s degree


  1. At least three years experience in journalism, or equivalent. Preference will be shown to candidates who have that experience working in a daily broadcast program capacity.
  2. Demonstrated reporting and writing skills.
  3. Demonstrated ability to identify and pitch timely, diverse and relevant story ideas.
  4. Experience with social media and knowledge of social media best practices.
  5. Experience working with a diverse group of people.


  1. Skilled in using audio recording equipment and digital cameras and editing software, Adobe preferred.
  2. Skilled at adding multimedia content to websites using web content standards.
  3. Skilled at using social media.

Knowledge Requirements:

  1. Ability to meet strict broadcast deadlines.
  2. Ability to work accurately with strict attention to detail.
  3. Ability to work well and enjoy a fast-paced, stressful daily deadline environment, handling that pressure with an attitude that is helpful and collaborative, with both colleagues and the public.
  4. Ability to connect local, regional and national current events and issues in ways that are relevant to the audience.
  5. Ability to write clearly and concisely for broadcast and web.
  6. Familiarity with libel rules, social media policies and best practices.
  7. Ability to learn and comply with FCC rules, emergency alert system requirements, and severe weather coverage policies.
  8. Ability to learn and follow the codes of ethics adopted by Illinois Public Media.


  1. Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by August 24, 2018. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date, but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

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

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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