Public Radio 101

As the broadcast arm of Northern Illinois University, Northern Public Radio is concerned with helping students 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 NIU semesters. The first seminar was held in September 2016.

Over the course of four 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.

The stories presented here are examples of work done by "Public Radio 101" graduates.

What Are Your Resolutions For 2017?

Jan 2, 2017
Scott Desavouret / WNIJ

It's time to toss 2016 in the recycling bin and look ahead to the blank calendar that is 2017. We asked some northern Illinois residents what they hope for in the new year and how they plan to get there.

Lon Clark, DeKalb

My hope for 2017 is that I find a good use for the skills that I’m going to school for right now. Whether or not I make a lot of money doing it, I don’t care necessarily. But I certainly would like to be able to use my new skills, so I look forward to finding a situation to use my new skills.

Scott Desavouret / WNIJ

Another round of college graduates is heading into the world. We asked winter graduates at Kishwaukee College how they feel about their futures.

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 introductory, noncredit seminar at the start of the 2017 NIU Spring semester from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on three successive Mondays -- Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 -- at the NIU Broadcast Center, 801 N. First Street, DeKalb.

Seminar topics include:

Jessie Schlacks (left) Kaitlynn Smith (right)

The Chicago Cubs have made it to the World Series, and fans across the nation have been gathering for watch parties.

WNIJ spoke with college fans at Northern Illinois University as well as more-experienced supporters at the Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb.

Ermir Ramadani, Dixon, Ill. (NIU)

How long have you been a Cubs fan?

“Probably as long as I can remember, honestly, I’ve always grown up with my dad and grandpa cheering for the Cubs. It’s really exciting right now.”

What do you wear for each game?

This week, WNIJ is participating in a national week of conversation along with other NPR Member stations in an enterprise we call A Nation Engaged.

We’re asking this question:  “What does it mean to you to be an American?”

We asked community members how they feel about this question and what advice they have for the presidential candidates to help them achieve their goals of truly feeling like a part of the country.

Emily Moody, Plainfield, Ill.

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