Public Radio 101

As the broadcast arm of Northern Illinois University, Northern 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.

Over the course of three evenings, 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. Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 from 6:30-8:30

The 2018 Fall Semester will feature sessions from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on September 24, October 1, and October 8.

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.

Tips For Writing Under Deadline

Mar 13, 2018
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Find the key aspect of what you’re reporting on, and make that the focus of your radio spots.

Example: A candidate for governor will be meeting at the local farm bureau. The main element here is the substance of the meeting, not the meeting itself.

Get the Who, What, When, Where, and Why, and pare that down to the essentials.

Continuing from the previous example: Who is the candidate? What is he or she speaking about? When and where will it happen, and why is that candidate choosing to speak there?

Ready To Add A Photo To Your Story?

Feb 2, 2018
Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Common myths about photo use debunked

It’s okay to use anything that’s online as long as I give credit. FALSE

It’s okay to use something if I asked for permission and didn’t get a response. FALSE

It’s okay to use the image if don’t know / can’t determine who took the photo. FALSE

It’s okay to use anything as long as I’m not making any money off of it. FALSE

Every story needs an image. FALSE

Jenna Sterner/NPR

The checklist that follows is a reminder of things we all know we should do. It’s meant to be particularly useful to correspondents and producers. They collect the information we put on the air and online and they are expected to do all they can to make sure that what we report is accurate.

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.

Seminar topics include:

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So what’s the difference between a podcast and a radio show, besides where you listen to them?

1) Podcasts have no time constraints. They can go long, they can go short. No one tunes in in the middle of a podcast. No need for self-identifying constantly.

2) Podcasts don’t need to please everyone. They can, and should, target a very specific audience.

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