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This list is provided by the Northern Star at Northern Illinois University, for Northern Star Alumni and for the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. The list is updated regularly. Anyone is invited to submit media-related job listings to Shelley Hendricks at

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(Posted March 24, 2014)

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The Diocese of Rockford Department of Communications and Publications is seeking an energetic and motivated individual to sell advertising for The Observer Catholic newspaper, website, the diocesan directory, El Observador Spanish language Catholic newspaper and to secure sponsors for diocesan radio and television programs.

The goals of this commissioned full-time position with full benefits are to maintain existing accounts and relationships, increase advertising sales, develop new advertising opportunities and expand our brand with advertisers and advertising agencies.

The qualified candidate should have proven previous sales experience. Publishing,  broadcast and web knowledge  a plus. Exemplary communication skills, experience in Microsoft Office products a must. Spanish language ability and experience with InDesign also a plus.

Applicants must be practicing Catholics, have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel throughout the 11-county Rockford Catholic Diocese.

Send cover letter, resume and references to


(Posted Jan. 16, 2014)

The Rockford Register Star and have an opening for a full-time, digitally savvy news reporter responsible for producing engaging stories for publication across our multiple platforms. The successful candidate must have a degree in journalism or a related field and two years’ reporting experience for a daily newspaper or online news site. The skills required for this position include the ability to write on tight deadlines for multiple platforms, the ability to break news using social media, and a conversational writing style that renders even complex topics interesting to the reader. Zeal for First Amendment enterprise is a must. (We also like a sense of humor — that’s what makes this a fun place to be.)

The Register Star is a 50,000-circulation newspaper in northern Illinois. Our website,, averages 4 million page views each month. Rockford is a growing market of more than 300,000 and within easy driving distance of Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison. The Rockford Register Star provides a competitive employee benefits package.

Qualified candidates should submit resume and cover letter with salary history in confidence to:


Human Resources Department

99 East State Street

Rockford, IL 61104

 815/961-5833 (fax)

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(Posted Jan. 16, 2014)

Shaw Media’s operation in suburban Chicago is looking for an experienced copy editor and page designer to work on its universal night copy desk in Crystal Lake, IL.

The universal desk is responsible for editing and designing a group of hyperlocal weekly newspapers that cover towns across the suburbs of Chicago, including in Will, DuPage, Kane and suburban Cook counties.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to quickly and accurately design dynamic tab-sized pages, and feel comfortable editing copy and writing headlines for news, sports and features. Nights and weekend hours.

Candidates should have a college degree in journalism or related field and previous experience in copy editing and page design, preferably using inDesign.

Shaw Media offers an extensive benefit package.

Interested candidates may send their resume and design samples to:

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