The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, a national leader in journalism education, seeks to hire a Managing Director to direct the day-to-day operations for the News Co/Lab at Cronkite School. This is appointment holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.
The News Co/Lab is a collaborative lab that experiments with ways to increase “news awareness,” defined as the ability of a person and/or a community to find, understand, use, share, and create news. News awareness is a hybrid of media literacy, digital literacy, and community collaboration. It is essential to active participation in 21st century communities, where the public, through social media, plays a key role in the flow of news.
The lab is developing new ways to increase news awareness through experimentation in partnership with journalists, teachers, librarians, technologists, and other community members in the United States and internationally.
The managing director will work with faculty members Dan Gillmor, founder and director of the News Co/Lab, and Eric Newton, lab co-founder and Cronkite School innovation chief.
Working closely with the Lab Director and Cronkite School leadership, the managing director’s duties and responsibilities will include:
Managing a small but growing staff, including students and volunteers
Project planning and implementation for community-newsroom partnerships, including travel and outreach to stakeholders ranging from community organizers, nonprofits, librarians, religious leaders, technologists and journalists
Project design and implementation for a science news literacy program for both journalists and educators, including online education and training
Co-creation and implementation of measuring systems, including data collection, surveys, interviews, and other methods to determine the impact of lab experiments
Development of a communication strategy, and creating/editing external communications in multimedia formats a variety of digital platforms, including social media
Editing presentation materials and external reports
Preparing reports for funders detailing grant deliverables, including strong data visualization elements, assisting the lab founder and director with additional grant applications as needed
Overseeing preparation of lab budgets and spending, and maximizing operational efficiency and coordination in a goal-oriented, positive, rapidly changing, startup environment.
Candidates must have hands-on experience in flexible program/project management, as well as topic knowledge in several of the following areas: news literacy, journalism, media, technology, research and education. Strong communication, supervisory and project management skills are required. A bachelor’s degree is required.
Postgraduate courses or degrees in the above topic areas is desirable, as is community-level experience in engagement, transparency or media literacy programs. Experience working with professors, especially in distance learning situations, is also helpful.
This position is funded by external sources and may terminate when funding is no longer available.
Application deadline: November 18, 2017 or if not filled, the first of each the first of each two-week period thereafter until the search is closed.
Application procedure: Materials must include: 1) a resume, 2) a letter describing the applicant’s experiences and how they would benefit the Cronkite School, 3) web-based samples of work edited, created or produced, and 4) names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references.
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Avenue, Suite 302
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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/
About The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier professional 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.
Students are guided by a faculty that is made up of both award-winning professional journalists and world-class media scholars. In recent years, the school has added to its faculty such leading journalists as former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., former BET Vice President Retha Hill, former Minneapolis Star Tribune Editor Tim McGuire, digital media expert Dan Gillmor, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor Jacqueline Petchel, former Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez former Denver Post News Director Kevin Dale and Knight Foundation journalism innovator Eric Newton.
Located on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus, the Cronkite School leads the way in journalism education with its innovative use of the teaching hospital model, for which it has received international acclaim. The school’s full-immersion professional programs give students opportunities to practice what they’ve learned in intensive real-world settings under the guidance of top-flight professionals.
Arizona PBS, one of the nation’s largest public television ?stations, is now part of Cronkite, making it the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. Arizona PBS serves as a hub for the Cronkite School’s full-immersion professional programs and a testing ground for new approaches in journalism.
Cronkite students participate in a dozen professional immersion programs, guided by award-winning journalists and communications professional, applying what they have learned in the classroom in real-world learning environments. Students cover the most important issues of the day from public affairs news bureaus in Phoenix and Washington. For Arizona PBS, they produce a nightly newscast that reaches 1.9 million households as well as a robust multimedia news website featuring in-depth regional stories. Students also report on sports from bureaus in Los Angles and Phoenix.
Students in the Public Relations Lab develop campaigns for client companies, while Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia journalists conduct national data-driven investigations into issues critical to Americans. In the Public Insight Network Bureau, students work with professional news organizations to deepen their connections to audiences, and in the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, they use digital technologies to forge the future of journalism.
This immersive learning environment happens in a state-of-the-art media complex that is unparalleled in journalism education. ASU’s investment in the school has generated national and international attention from educators and media professionals who place the school in the top tier of all U.S. journalism schools. The Times of London, The New York Times and USA Today have highlighted Cronkite in articles about changes taking place at journalism schools across the country. The prestigious publications called the Cronkite School a pioneer, kindling a notion of new media that will shape how news is delivered and how people will stay informed in the future.