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00000179-e1ff-d2b2-a3fb-ffffd7720000Northern Public Radio is concerned with helping students and members of the community develop professionally and advance their career skills.To that end, the WNIJ News team has developed "Public Radio 101" a seminar conducted by professional journalists from the WNIJ News team at the beginning of the academic semesters. The first seminar was held in September 2016.Students in this workshop are introduced to the principles and ethics of public radio, the basic practices of planning and gathering news stories, and recording and producing those stories for broadcast."Public Radio 101" graduates are invited to work with WNIJ News journalists on projects and stories during the remainder of the semester, with an eye on a future internship in the news department. They use professional equipment and receive professional guidance in preparing their work.Public Radio 101 will resume in the Spring 2023 Semester. Sessions are planned to be held in-person, but will be held remotely if the NIU campus has switched to remote learning during these dates.If you are interested, send your resume and cover letter explaining your aspirations to Jenna Dooley at jdooley@niu.edu with "Public Radio 101" in the subject line. You do not need previous newsroom experience.

Public Radio 101 Shows Students The Ropes Of Reporting

WNIJ is dedicated to training the next generation of reporters. Members of our news team spent the last three Monday nights working with Northern Illinois University students as they learned more about what makes public radio special, and how they can get involved in their communities. It’s a class we call "Public Radio 101."

The inaugural class took place last fall.

Graduates are invited to work with WNIJ journalists on projects and stories. They use professional equipment and receive professional guidance in preparing their work.

Participants for the most recent class include: Ibrahim Baig, Ross Beach, Darius Dauzvardis, Nick Decker, Emily Lorusso, Maddee Muuss, and Dana Vollmer.

Public Radio 101 Course Outline

Session 1

Interviewing Techniques / Dan Klefstad

Core Values / Victor Yehling

Five Tiers Of News Coverage / Susan Stephens

Field Recording / Katie Finlon

Station Tour / Staff

Session 2

Story Structure / Victor Yehling

How Sound Makes Your Story Stronger / Susan Stephens and Jenna Dooley

 Writing For Radio And Web / Jessie Schlacks

Building A Studio / Scott Desavouret

Session 3

NIRIS Opportunities / Phil Masterton

Be Prepared To Adjust / Chase Cavanaugh

Vocal Delivery And Speaking Into The Microphone / Staff

Internships And Other Opportunities At WNIJ / Staff


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