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WGLT News Reporter

University/Agency Illinois State University
Civil Service Classification Media Writer/Producer/Announcer II
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Posting Duration 9/23/2022 - 10/23/2022
Probationary Period 6 months

Job Description

This position is responsible for reporting, writing, editing, hosting, and producing news and other programming and content for dissemination on multiple WGLT delivery platforms, including on-air and digital, as assigned by supervisor(s).


Required Qualifications
1. Any one or any combination totaling three (3) years (36 months) of the following types of preparation:
A. progressively more responsible work experience in the production and presentation of radio or television programs, social media, and/or print or online journalism
B. vocational training in radio and/or television production, journalism, social media, news or feature writing and/or announcing or closely related fields
C. college course work in radio/television, journalism, social media, news or feature writing or closely related fields
- 60 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
- 75 semester hours equals one (1) year and six (6) months (18 months)
- 90-semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
- 120 semester hours or a Bachelor’s degree equals three (3) years (36 months)

2. One (1) year (12 months) of work experience in the production and presentation of radio or television programs, social media, and/or print or online journalism in addition to the preparation required in #1 above.

3. One (1) year (12 months) of work experience comparable to that performed at the Media Writer/Producer/Announcer I level of this series or in other positions of comparable responsibility. This includes work such as regular, day-to-day announcing and production duties for a radio/television/online operation.

Desired Qualifications
1. Bachelor's degree in mass communications, journalism, media management, or similar.
2. Experience as public broadcasting host, reporter or producer.
3. Knowledge of central Illinois and statewide news issues and personalities.
4. Ability to gather information through interviews and then write clear and concise stores to engage an audience.
5. Familiarity with a wide range of current information in many disciplines touching on the public and cultural life of the nation and the local community.
6. Ability to provide summaries and overviews of issues and events as they develop in public discourse.
7. Ability to quickly absorb information and locate and synthesize disparate sources of data.
8. Familiarity with data processing skills, social media, media consumption, the internet, public records and documents, governmental bodies, and the community that the radio station serves.
9. Knowledge of generally accepted journalistic standards of objectivity, fairness, and balance when editing own work and the work of others, as well as working knowledge of The Associated Press Stylebook.
10. Ability to balance competing priorities and work on tight daily deadlines and longer term projects with a high degree of accuracy.
11. Ability to comfortably interact with the general public.
12. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
13. Understanding of best practices for using social media platforms to disseminate and source news stories.


Starting at $45,000 annual


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Contact Information

University/Agency Illinois State University
Department/College Human Resources
Contact Breanna Crippen
Phone Number 309-438-8311
Comments Please fully complete the entire application including, but not limited to, the education and work history portions. Be specific on your work history, including employment dates (if part-time you must list the number of work hours) and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience. Please do not put "see resume" in the duties and responsibilities section of the work history. This will be considered an incomplete application and incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Civil Service examination for this classification is based on your application materials. No participation other than submission of applicant materials is required from applicants that qualify to take the exam. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score calculated based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register by exam score. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the department for interview.

If using education to qualify, college transcripts (may be unofficial) must be faxed, mailed, delivered to Human Resources, or uploaded under optional documents prior to the posting close date. In order to be eligible for Veteran's Preference points on the exam, appropriate military service documentation, such as a DD-214, may be faxed, mailed, delivered to Human Resources in order to receive the maximum eligible points:

Fax: 309.438.0011, Attn: Breanna Crippen
Address: Illinois State University
Human Resources
Campus Box 1300
Normal, IL 61790-1300