Open Faculty/Staff Positions

News Reporter Latino Communities

Illinois Public Media
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Public Media seeks a News Reporter Latino Communities. IPM is a not-for-profit public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, educating, entertaining, inspiring, and empowering by airing the best of public television and radio programs on WILL-TV-AM-FM, producing local content for broadcast and the Web, and working with community partners to address needs and concerns.

The News Reporter Latino Communities will produce in-depth, audio-rich stories that provide depth and context on the growing Latino communities in Central Illinois. This person will work on weekly production (podcast or newsletter) focused on Spanish speaking communities. The News Reporter must also publish news content for broadcast, web and social media and help cover general assignment news and political news during election seasons.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Produce audio-rich stories and program segments that provide depth and context about Latino communities on topics relevant to the region for broadcast, digital, social media, and special segments for TV. Be self-directed in identifying potential assignments, maintain productivity in both quantity and quality of work, and appropriately plan, organize, prioritize, and promote work in coordination with editor. Develop and maintain source networks across diverse races, genders, and abilities. Fact-check and understand context. Use natural writing and voicing style in stories. Use community engagement best practices to tell stories with communities, not just about them. (60%)
  • Serve as a general assignment reporter for radio at least once a week. During election years, help cover major political races in the area, including congress and gubernatorial races. Help prepare segments for multiple platforms, including radio, digital and TV. (20%)
  • Fill-in for show hosts as needed; consistently deliver a professional on-air presentation during anchoring of newscasts and operate the control board during live broadcasts. Participate in pledge drive trainings and as pledge talent during fund drives. Participate in marketing activities, community engagement projects and other audience interactions as assigned on behalf of Illinois Public Media, including interacting with audiences on our social media platforms. Mentor news interns and student journalists. (20%)

Education Required

See required experience for education information.

Experience Required

  1. Any one or any combination totaling three (3) years (36 months) of the following types of preparation:
  • Progressively more responsible work experience in the production and presentation of radio or television programs, social media, and/or print or online journalism
  • Vocational training in radio and/or television production, journalism, social media, news, or feature writing and/or announcing or closely related fields
  • 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)

Experience Preferred

  • Demonstrated experience in broadcasting.
  • Ability to communicate and report in Spanish.

Training, Licenses or Certifications Preferred

  • Voice-delivery training.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of issues regarding Latino communities.
  • Familiarity with libel rules, social media policies and best practices and the codes of ethics adopted by Illinois Public Media.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Access, and Lync).
  • Keen sense of news judgment and ability to make independent decisions.
  • Ability to edit audio with Adobe Audition.
  • Ability to add content to the website’s CMS.
  • Ability to write accurately, clearly, and concisely for broadcast and web.
  • Ability to take initiative and work with minimal amount of direct supervision.
  • Ability to anchor a broadcast news program with a confident, intelligent, and friendly manner.

Environmental Demands

The News Reporter is an essential position and may be required to be on-site when reduced staffing has been declared by the University of Illinois due to severe weather or other emergency-related circumstances. The News Reporter works in a normal office setting.  Some responsibilities will require the reporter/anchor to work in the radio and television broadcasting studios.  The News Reporter should also be comfortable traveling to various off-site locations, greeting the public, and participating in meetings and conferences in various venues.

Application Procedures

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by March 14, 2022. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the closing date, but no decision will be made until after the closing date. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, your current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.  All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Cassie Kenton at 217.300.3667 or

This is a full-time, 12-month civil service 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. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.


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