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

Aug 11, 2017

WNIJ News invites you to gain real-world journalism experience in a professional newsroom.

WNIJ's Susan Stephens works on a story with Public Radio 101 alumnus Ibrahim Baig

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 four-session free, noncredit seminar at the start of the 2017 NIU Fall semester from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on four successive Mondays -- Sep. 11, Sep. 18, Sep. 25, and Oct. 2 -- 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 four 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.