Full Time - Mid-Level (Senior Producer, Reporter, Editor)
4 Year Degree
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, one of the nation’s top journalism schools, seeks to hire a Director and Professor of Practice to join Cronkite News, the student-staffed, faculty-led news division of Arizona PBS.
The director will lead, edit, mentor and teach a student team that conceptualizes and produces highly innovative multimedia content for Cronkite News and collaborates with Cronkite Sports and Cronkite Noticias, the newsroom’s Spanish-language program. Students who join this team will hone their skills in web production and design, including the creation and integration of visual elements such as graphics, video, photo, interactives and data visualization to tell compelling and powerful stories. The team also leads the newsroom’s audience engagement efforts, tracks metrics, employs search engine optimization, develops social media strategy and crafts social media campaigns. The team could include some photographers, videographers and reporters, and the director will work closely with our “innovation squad” to conduct experiments.
The state-of-the-art newsroom operates out of the Cronkite School on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus in the nation’s 11th-largest media market. The school is a global leader in professional and innovative digital news media education. The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education in which students create professional content under the guidance of award-winning, experienced professionals. Student content is showcased on Cronkite News, a daily news operation that serves as an immersive and innovative learning laboratory for students and provides daily and enterprise news coverage of critical issues on broadcast, digital and social platforms. Cronkite News also serves as a test bed for innovation, experimenting with new forms of storytelling, audience engagement, digital interactivity and data visualization for the rest of the industry. Cronkite News has reporting bureaus in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
The successful candidate will be a journalist of the highest caliber with strong newsroom experience and an innovative thinker who is comfortable in a digital and highly energized news environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Leading, editing, teaching and mentoring upper-level undergraduate and graduate journalism students in a daily news environment
Overseeing daily production and design for Cronkite News, affiliated websites and social channels
Driving strong visual content for Cronkite News and its social media channels
Fostering a culture of innovation by harnessing fresh ideas and experimenting with new tools, technologies and techniques that enhance digital and social media storytelling
Demonstrating commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in both professional practices and as contributor to an inclusive working and learning environment
Driving audience engagement through social media, SEO and immersion reporting experiences
Forging partnerships with news organizations and technology companies to bolster the newsroom’s reputation as an innovation test bed for the industry
Working collaboratively with other professional program directors and media partners to plan, manage and produce innovative and professional news and information content across platforms
Performing other faculty responsibilities, such as committee assignments and student recruitment, as assigned
This appointment is a 12-month position and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
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Five years of major-market regional or national experience planning and producing digital content, or equivalent experience
Exceptional storytelling skills that integrate multimedia elements such as text, video, photo, graphics and data
Experience writing and/or editing digital content
Knowledge of AP style
Expertise in social media promotion and distribution, web metrics and SEO
Familiarity with HTML and standard content management systems, such as WordPress
Familiarity with new and emerging tools and technologies for digital storytelling
Experience supervising a team
Experience producing web or social media video
Experience working with data and producing data visualizations
Experience editing still photos
Experience working with undergraduate and/or graduate students in a university or newsroom setting
Understanding of graphic/visual design concepts
Application deadline: August 2, or if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.
Application procedure: Materials must include: 1) a resume, 2) Web-based samples of work created or produced, and 3) names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references.
All finalists will be asked to submit a statement that addresses their experience and commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion over the course of their careers and outlines how they would advance DEI goals at the Cronkite School. The statement should be no longer than 500 words.
About Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication - Arizona State University
About the Cronkite School
The Cronkite School is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier journalism programs. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake—accuracy, responsibility, objectivity, integrity—the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics among students as they master the professional skills they need to succeed in the digital media world of today and tomorrow.
Located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus in the heart of the nation’s fifth-largest city, the School has 70 full-time faculty members, more than 100 full-time professional staff and annual resources of more than $40 million.
Nearly 2,500 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students are enrolled at Cronkite, preparing for careers in journalism, strategic media and related communications fields. Of the undergraduate residential student population, more than 60 percent come from out-of-state and more than 37 percent are students of color. The retention rate consistently exceeds 90 percent, and Cronkite students regularly lead the country in national journalism competitions.
The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education, for which it has recei...ved international acclaim. Cronkite offers 15 different full-immersion professional programs in which students work in intensive, real-world settings under the guidance of top-flight professionals and in collaboration with research faculty. The programs enable students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom, producing news, information and community engagement on critical issues for the state, region and nation.
The Cronkite faculty is made up of award-winning professional journalists, strategic communications specialists and world-class media scholars. Cronkite professors include five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, digital media thought leaders, top TV producers and correspondents, major metropolitan newspaper editors and strategic communications experts.
About Arizona State University
ASU is one of the largest and most innovative public research universities in the country, undertaking a bold reinvention of higher education as a New American University. With four campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area, it serves more than 127,000 students on campus and online. For the past six years, it has been ranked No. 1 for innovation by U.S. News & World Report.
In the last decade, ASU has developed numerous new programs and units that bridge disciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge, while developing practical solutions to serve Arizona and the world at large. The university has strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, excellence, and impact, and assumes significant responsibility for the cultural, social and economic vitality of its surrounding communities.
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. More detailed information can be found at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.