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Attention Student Journalists! Join Us For 'Public Radio 101'

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.

WNIJ News professionals again are offering a three-session free, noncredit seminar at the start of the 2018 spring semester from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on three successive Mondays -- Jan. 29, Feb. 5,  and Feb. 12 at the NIU Broadcast Center, 801 N. First Street, DeKalb.

Public Radio 101 alumnus Austin Hansen records sound from a steam-powered engine during an academic internship with WNIJ

Seminar topics include:

  • Journalism ethics and core values
  • The "public radio approach" to news
  • Newsroom etiquette and expectations
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Actual practice writing and editing news stories
  • Writing and editing for broadcast vs. print/website
  • An introduction to station technology
  • Using sound to create a “sense of place”

Students who attend all three sessions will have the opportunity to continue learning alongside our professional staff and be eligible to pursue an internship in a later semester.

If you would like to participate, send your résumé and cover letter explaining your aspirations to WNIJ News Managing Editor Victor Yehling at vyehling@niu.edu with "Public Radio 101" in the subject line.

You do not need previous newsroom experience.

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