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Employment Opportunities

Morning Edition Producer

The Opportunity

89.5 WNIJ is seeking an organized and energetic Producer for Morning Edition. This part-time Producer will aggregate, edit, write and schedule reports from WNIJ’s award-winning news team, the statehouse bureau, plus partner newsrooms throughout Illinois.

The Show and Station

Morning Edition is NPR’s flagship morning news magazine, heard on WNIJ 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. each weekday.

WNIJ is the NPR affiliate serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The station is an editorially independent broadcast service of Northern Illinois University.

Basic Function and Responsibility

The Morning Edition Producer will work closely and collaboratively with the Morning Edition Host to develop newscasts, headlines and other reports of statewide interest for audiences in the Rockford area, plus central and southern Illinois. This includes building digital versions of these stories, plus the use of social media platforms.

The successful candidate will have an ability to take direction, work collaboratively, and have a passion for the role of public radio journalism.  A Bachelor's degree is preferred but secondary to strong news judgment, excellent writing skills, and proficiency with social media. Also needs familiarity with audio editing software. Starting wages will reflect industry norms for experience and abilities. Work schedule is 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Interested candidate should send a resume plus audio and writing samples to NPR@niu.edu

WNIJ is licensed to Northern Illinois University, an equal opportunity employer (EEO).

Deadline: June 15


WNIJ offers structured internships throughout the year.

WNIJ's internship program is designed to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to learn about public media operations, including: news and digital production, audio and program production, marketing and development, and audio archiving.

Eligibility: Preferred candidates are graduate or undergraduate students or those who have recently graduated from college.

General Information: Interns are expected to work between 15 and 20 hours a week during an eight to 12 week internship period. Internships are offered during the summer, fall and winter/spring semesters. Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between WNIJ and the intern's college or university.

The documents at the bottom of this page provide detailed information about all internship positions available at WNIJ. The  internship opportunities offered vary from semester to semester. Please contact the person listed on each document for more information.


WNIJ News invites you to gain real-world journalism experience in a professional newsroom. Learn about news reporting and production as well as the spirit that drives good journalism in the Public Radio 101 seminar.