Student Opportunities

Ball State students have always been a part of Indiana Public Radio – and WBST. In fact, students operated the station in the early 1960s when WBST-FM (the flagship station of the IPR network) first went on the air. When WBST became a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in 1980, a full-time staff was developed to serve the growing audience in east central Indiana, but students continued to gather and produce award-winning news and run the audio consoles.

Literally hundreds of students have come through our doors, and many have gone on to be leaders in their professions. Among our former students are: Heather Herron, nightly news anchor at WANE-TV, Fort Wayne; Vince Welch, Indianapolis sportscaster; Ray Pearson, senior executive at ICOMM Consulting, Oak Park, IL; Brent Miller, classical music host at WICR-FM, Indianapolis; Peter Davis, Ball State University English instructor; John Althardt, Public Relations Coordinator, Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation; Brian Halberstadt, television news producer in Dayton, Ohio; Al Rent, Director of Marketing for Ball State University; and David Letterman, late-night talk show host on national television.

Today, IPR has five transmitters serving a potential audience of half a million people in more than a dozen counties in east central Indiana and western Ohio. Throughout its long and distinguished history, IPR has remained true to its mission “to inform and entertain” with its dual format of news and classical music. The station has been recognized with dozens of awards from professional organizations such as the Radio and Television National Directors Association (RTNDA), the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press for its efforts.

Are you interested in a work environment where professional training and high standards are equally prized? Do you have something to contribute to IPR? Then we may have the student job experience that will benefit you.

 

General information

A job at IPR is not an ordinary campus job. IPR is a real, professional radio station that happens to be located on the campus of Ball State University. We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (even when classes are not in session)! 

You don’t have to be planning a broadcast career or be a TCOM major to seek experience at IPR. Our students represent almost every academic discipline offered by Ball State. However, one of the advantages of working at IPR is the fact that you are gaining professional experience alongside professionals. Our station is highly regarded in the community and has received numerous prestigious awards. Professional staff manage the station with the assistance of student employees. (Course credit is available for many of the positions outlined below. To get course credit, apply through the appropriate departments.)

IPR informs and entertains a diverse audience through an exploration of the arts, events and issues. While presenting a global perspective, IPR seeks innovative ways to focus on the performances, activities and concerns of the communities located within its listening areas, and strives to be a model of community service by using the unique ability of radio to be a catalyst for positive change. For these reasons, IPR is highly selective in its hiring practices.

IPR lists all open, paid positions with the BSU Career Center, but even if no paid positions are currently open, you can still get valuable experience as an IPR volunteer. Volunteers often get the same professional opportunities as the paid students.

 

Specific Student Positions

(We often have more than one student for each position; hours vary)

 

Announcer/Board Operator

Duties: Announce weather, PSA’s, promos and ID either live on the air or in voicetracks recorded into a computer. Operate main broadcast console for live shifts or special events. Play promos and other elements on the air. Monitor weather and wire services for immediate bulletins.

Qualifications: Pleasant, mature speaking voice; self-confidence with technology; ability to communicate to an affluent audience; knowledge of computers – broadcast automation experience preferred, background in radio, speech, English, theatre or classical music helpful.

To apply: Contact Sean Ashcraft, Production Manager, at 765-285-5891 or stashcraft@bsu.edu.

 

Production Assistant

Duties: Assist Production Manager with archiving, promo production, and other special events.

Qualifications: Knowledge of digital editing software preferred, knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets, good organizational skills, ability to work evenings. Preference may be given to individuals who are already trained board operators. Background in audio production or music engineering.

To apply: Contact Sean Ashcraft, Production Manager, at 765-285-5891 or stashcraft@bsu.edu.

 

News Reporter

Duties: Gather news stories in the field, particularly to cover meetings and events in our listening area. Write and/or produce stories for air. Assist with special programs like election coverage or call-in shows.

Qualifications: Interest and/or background in broadcast journalism. Proven ability to interview and write radio news. Must be detail-oriented and punctual. Willingness to dress and interact with the public in a professional manner. A valid driver’s license and own vehicle desirable. Willingness to work late evenings and weekends.

To apply: Contact Terry Heifetz, News Director, at 765-285-4002 or tjheifetz@bsu.edu.

 

Production Assistant / Reporter

Duties: Assist in the research, reporting, writing and production of a weekly, 10-minute program focusing on the arts. Duties will also include assisting in the archiving of program materials and interacting with a variety of artists. You must be able to work by a strict deadline.

Hours: Flexible with your class schedule, although one month training period must take place during normal business hours. Up to 10 hours a week of work during school sessions; possibly up to 20 when school is out, as you are available.

Qualifications:
Required: Valid driver’s license, ability to carry up to 20 pounds of recording gear, clear speaking voice, willingness to remain in or near Muncie for majority of the summer.
Desired: Demonstrated interest or involvement in the arts, professional demeanor, previous experience with storytelling, journalism, or audio editing.

To apply: Contact Terry Heifetz, News Director, at 765-285-4002 or tjheifetz@bsu.edu.

 

Receptionist

Duties: Serve as IPR’s representative both over the phone and in-person. Greet station visitors, field phoned-in questions and comments from listeners. Perform general office duties such as preparation of mailings, routing mail and messages and completing errands around campus.

Qualifications: Professional and friendly phone demeanor. Willingness to dress professionally. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to follow directions clearly. Previous office management, clerical or secretarial skills desired.

To apply: Contact Andrea Lutz, Office Coordinator, at 765-285-2494 or amlutz@bsu.edu.

 

Indiana Public Radio is an equal-opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in the workplace.

Ball State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution in accordance with Civil Rights legislation and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran in any of its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies.