Visiting Multimedia Environmental Journalist

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Visiting Multimedia Environmental Journalist, Illinois Public Media

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Public Media seeks a Visiting Multimedia Environmental Journalist at WILL AM-FM-TV public broadcasting stations licensed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Visiting Multimedia Environmental Journalist will research, report and edit issues about the environment and climate change for Illinois Public Media radio, television and online. Present findings in a way that informs and engages audiences across Illinois.

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

Duties and Responsibilities:

Research and identify topics related to the environment in Illinois and Midwest, working closely with News & Public Affairs Director, Managing Editor and the rest of the news team.
Pitch, write, edit and produce features, interviews that can air on radio, television and online.
Be self-directed in developing contacts, identifying environmental stories relevant to a regional audience.
Must be able to tell the news story creatively with strong audio and visual skills.
Must meet ethical, technical, legal and aesthetic standards of PBS and NPR.
Actively use Twitter, Facebook and other social media in the reporting process and the sharing of stories.
Respond to breaking news, report live and cover other news as assigned.
Occasionally back-fill hosting duties on radio newscasts and The 21st Talk Show.
Participates in pledge drives, marketing activities, community engagement projects and other audience interactions as assigned on behalf of Illinois Public Media.


Bachelor’s degree required in journalism, communications or related field.


Two years news videography and/or radio news storytelling experience (commercial and public radio experience accepted).
Demonstrated experience in audio, video recording and editing equipment. (Must have links to previous news material that has aired on radio or television. Must have links to previous online stories and professional social media engagement.)
DSLR and ENG camera experience.
Adobe Audition, Adobe Creative Suite experience. Preferred: Reporting background in environmental or science issues.


Valid Driver’s License


Active member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
Certified FAA Drone Pilot.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to connect local, regional and national current events and issues in ways that are relevant to the audience.
Ability to write clearly and concisely for broadcast and online.
Familiarity with libel rules, social media policies and best practices.
Ability to learn and comply with FCC rules, emergency alert system requirements, and severe weather coverage policies.
Ability to learn and follow the codes of ethics adopted by Illinois Public Media.
Fluency in languages other than English is a plus.
Thrive in fast-paced working environment with pressured deadlines.
Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by January 6, 2020. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date, although no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed. 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 [email protected]

This is a full-time, 12-month visiting academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on continued funding availability.

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

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