Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
July 27, 2017
Full Time - Experienced
Academic/Education, Broadcast, Communications
4 Year Degree
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking a visionary leader to serve as the inaugural Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership.
The Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership will teach and provide leadership across the curriculum in areas related to the digital transformation of media, including leading change. She or he will work with Cronkite leadership, experts across the university and external partners to develop and promote programs and approaches that prepare the next generation of journalism leaders and innovators and will serve as a thought leader, writing and speaking nationally and internationally on transformative change within the news industry.
The new endowed professorship will join the Cronkite School’s six other distinguished named chairs and professorships: the Knight Chair in Journalism, held by former New York Times data editor Sarah Cohen; the Weil Family Professor of Journalism, held by former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr.; the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, held by former syndicated business columnist Andrew Leckey; the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism, occupied by Julia Wallace, former editor-in-chief of the Atlanta Journal- Constitution; the Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport, filled by Kenneth L. Shropshire, author and international expert in sports, business, law and society; and the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Visiting Professor in Business Journalism, held jointly by former CNN Wall Street correspondent Susan Lisovicz and former Boston Globe investigative editor and Pulitzer winner Walter V. Robinson.
The Sue Clark-Johnson Professorship in Media Innovation and Leadership is named in honor of the pioneering news media executive who led innovations in news during a 41-year career with the Gannett Co. Prior to becoming the first female head of the Gannett Newspaper Division, she served as chair and CEO of Phoenix Newspapers and senior group president of Gannet’s Pacific Newspaper Group. After retiring from Gannett in 2009, Clark-Johnson was executive director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU and a professor of practice at the Cronkite School. She died in 2015.
The Cronkite School, located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in the nation’s 11th largest media market, 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 top professionals in Cronkite News at Arizona PBS, a daily news operation that serves as an immersive and innovative learning laboratory for students and provides Arizonans with daily news coverage of critical issues on broadcast and digital platforms. The Cronkite School emphasizes curricula and programs that experiment with new forms of storytelling, audience engagement, digital interactivity, data visualization, audience analytics and revenue models.
This is a nine-month appointment and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.
Qualifications Required: Ten years of senior-level leadership experience in a news organization; record of accomplishments and thought leadership related to the future of news; bachelor’s degree.
Application deadline: Sept. 22, or if not filled, the first of each two-week period thereafter until the search is closed.
Application procedure: Materials must include 1) a current curriculum vita; 2) a letter describing the applicant’s experiences and how they would benefit the Cronkite School; and 3) names, positions and telephone numbers of three academic or professional references.
Attn: Eric Newton, Innovation Chief and Professor of Practice
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave., 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.