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 http://jobs.illinois.edu 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 dowler@illinois.edu 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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

 
Creative Specialist/Video Production Manager - Illinois Public Media

Illinois Public Media (IPM) seeks applicants for the position of Creative Specialist/Video Production Manager.  This position reports to the Station Manager of IPM. The Creative Specialist/Video Production Manager will create and support video content production for Illinois Public Media through the efficient and effective management of production studios and facilities, equipment, and hourly staff, as well as collaboration with producer/directors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for technical and operational aspects of the production department, and works to ensure efficient and effective use of department budget, studio and other facilities, equipment, and staff.
  2. Works with producers, directors, and other members of the content creation team to produce high-quality video content for multiple platforms.
  3. Works with a variety of others in the university and local community including campus administrators, vendors and facilities and services staff, volunteers and student and part-time workers.
  4. Creating and monitoring the production department operational budget.
  5. Monitoring emerging industry hardware and software trends, as well as standards.
  6. Collaborating with a team to determine best equipment selection, followed by procurement of   equipment and services as needed.
  7. Inventorying and organizing all equipment. Handles any equipment challenges in a timely and    professional manner, as well as Forecasting equipment and software needs.
  8. Works closely with IT and engineering departments on technical and physical plant issues.
  9. Design and implement systems on a needs basis to maximize quality of product.
  10. Supporting IPM staff in their use of studio and other facilities and equipment for events and productions, including providing for all A/V needs.
  11. Providing customer service and billing for all clients.
  12. Hiring, scheduling, training, supervising, and evaluating hourly/temporary production crew and production assistants.
  13. Collaborate with various departments on development of video projects, creating deliverables for a variety of uses including web, social, broadcast, etc.
  14. Works with production team on studio and field productions.
  15. Collaborate with other staff and vendors to develop and maintain sets, props, and backdrops for studio productions.
  16. Create workflows for the editing and finishing of program material (including closed captioning) and supervising crewmembers operating video, audio, and other equipment on studio and field productions.
  17. Maintains a production operating procedure manual.
  18. Supervises the upload of video content to various platforms.
  19. Represent IPM at internal and external events.
  20. Presence might be essential during TV productions despite bad weather, University closure or campus or community emergencies.

Education: Bachelor Degree

Preferably: In broadcasting, communications or related field

Experience Required:

  1. Five years in professional video production, including field and studio production and single/multi-camera work
  2. Experience with file-based workflows
  3. Experience in videography, editing, and directing
  4. Proven experience with hiring and supervising staff
  5. Experience with client relations
  6. Proven experience exercising both creative abilities and technical skill

Training Required:

Adobe Creative Cloud and or, other editing software, Macintosh and Final Cut Pro operation and support.

Knowledge Required:

  1. Knowledge of current television and video production techniques, equipment, set design and workflows.
  2. Must be able to handle multiple projects and demands under high pressure and deadlines.
  3. Must be able to learn and implement new technologies.
  4. Must have extensive knowledge of lighting techniques for both studio and location productions.
  5. Extensive knowledge of a wide range of broadcast and video production equipment, including but not limited to: ENG cameras, DSLRs, audio field equipment, lights, and tripods.
  6.  Knowledge of professional audio and video editing, and post-production standards for web and broadcast.
  7. Understanding of FCC regulations, including those regarding closed captioning.
  8. Understanding of different video delivery formats for various platforms, including social media
  9. Setup, operation and troubleshooting of studio and field video production equipment. 
  10. Accounting and budgeting skills, and willing to learn university state laws and regulations that govern purchasing.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by July 30, 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 http://jobs.illinois.edu 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 allison2@illinois.edu.

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. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 

Assistant Director, Associate Director, or Director of Communications - College of Media

The College of Media is seeking a creative communications professional for a full-time 12-month position to assume the role of Assistant Director, Associate Director, or Director of Communications. This position will work closely with the Dean, the College leadership team, and faculty and staff to create and share the College’s desired image and vision. The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership for all college communications efforts and ensure creative and consistent communication throughout the College and to all constituencies, both internal and external.

JOB DESCRIPTION

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to shape the communications strategy for the College of Media, and to interact closely with college leadership and faculty to re-imagine the future of media research and education. The Director of Communications will help establish a public presence for the College through campus-wide communication, marketing, advertising and branding efforts; managing media relations; overseeing the College's web presence; and exploring, developing and implementing innovative communication approaches.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Develop communications strategy, messaging and positioning and tactical applications for the College.  Manage all communications, including advancement, alumni, and student services, with an emphasis on gaining for the College a position of prominence in the minds of its constituents.  The director, in consultation with the dean, will:

  • Develop and implement a cohesive communications strategy with defined metrics for success. Track and measure the effectiveness of communications and make strategic adjustments as necessary.
  • Produce effective, timely content for multiple communications platforms that tell the College of Media story.
  • Identify and share news and stories that highlight the achievement and activities at the College of Media.
  • Manage procedures and tools such as style guides and templates for assisting College of Media faculty and staff in external and internal communications.
  • Develop and coordinate writing, editing, and proofreading services for materials such as presentations, press releases, publications, scripts, and special correspondence.
  • Create, curate, and coordinate web content for the College’s media-centric website including written copy, images, video, and social media.
  • Manage and coordinate e-newsletters, social media, and digital signs.
  • Ensure consistency of campus and College brand identity in all communications and across all marketing and social media vehicles.
  • Answer requests for information from the public, media, and other audiences.
  • Manage and mentor student interns.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

RANK, SALARY AND BEGINNING DATE OF EMPLOYMENT:  This is a full-time 12-month academic professional position.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.  Start date is August 16, 2018, or as soon as possible after the closing date.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required in communications, marketing, journalism, advertising, or related field.
  • Demonstrable experience across multiple areas described in the "Responsibilities" section for this position (see above). Minimum experience required:
  • Assistant Director – 1-year relevant experience.
  • Associate Director – 3 years relevant experience, including 1 year in management.
  • Director – 5 years relevant experience, including 2 years in management.

Candidates must have strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and be able to prioritize, strategize, and multitask while meeting established deadlines.  

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, advertising, or related field.
  • Experience working in communications within a large organization, higher education, or the University of Illinois specifically.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by July 18, 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 http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, resume, writing and publication samples relevant to the position, and the names and contact information for three professional references.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jane Dowler at (217) 333-2351 or dowler@illinois.edu.  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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

 

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

Education:

Required: Bachelor’s degree

Experience:

  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.

Training:

  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.

Preferred:

  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 http://jobs.illinois.edu 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 allison2@illinois.edu.

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. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 
 
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