Director and Professor of Practice, Cronkite News Digital Desk
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
August 28, 2017
Full Time - Experienced
Academic/Education, Broadcast, Content Management
4 Year Degree
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, a national leader in digital media education, seeks to hire a Director and Professor of Practice to lead the Digital Desk at Cronkite News, the student-staffed, faculty-led news division of Arizona PBS that serves as a test bed for innovation across the news industry.
The bureau director will join the award-winning faculty who direct Cronkite School professional programs, including former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., former BET Vice President Retha Hill, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and editor Jacquee Petchel, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Doig, Pulitzer Prize-winning data editor Sarah Cohen, former news anchor Vanessa Ruiz, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Denver Post News Director Kevin Dale and former Knight Foundation journalism innovator Eric Newton.
The bureau director will lead, edit, oversee and teach a student team charged with conceptualizing and producing highly innovative multimedia content for Cronkite News and for distribution to regional and national media outlets. The team is responsible for web production and design, including the creation and employment of visual elements such as graphics, video, photo, interactives and data visualization to tell compelling and powerful stories. The team also is responsible for leading audience metrics and engagement, search engine optimization and social media strategy and execution for Cronkite News.
The Cronkite News Digital Desk program is one of 13 immersive professional experiences at the Cronkite School that reflect the school’s “teaching hospital” approach to education. Students engage at least two full days a week in programs that include a nightly television newscast distributed on Arizona PBS, an innovation and entrepreneurship lab where students create new digital products and services, news reporting bureaus in Washington, D.C., and L.A., and a Spanish-language bureau where students report and produce news content across media platforms for Spanish-speaking audiences.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Leading, editing and teaching upper-level undergraduate and graduate journalism students in a daily news environment in the nation’s 12th largest media market
Overseeing daily production and driving strong visual content and design for the Cronkite News website
Leading experimentation with and teaching of new tools and technologies that enhance digital storytelling
Driving audience engagement through social media, SEO and immersion reporting experiences
Forging partnerships with news organizations and technology companies to create 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
Managing design and production of digital products for the Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative, a national investigative multimedia reporting program for top journalism students from across the country
Performing other faculty responsibilities, such as committee assignments and student recruitment, as assigned.
This is appointment holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.
Required Qualifications: Experience managing digital teams; experience designing and producing video and other visuals for digital audiences; experience working with undergraduate and/or graduate students in a university or newsroom setting; bilingual (English/Spanish).
Five years of major-market regional or national experience planning and producing digital content; exceptional storytelling skills that integrate text, video, photo, graphics and data; expertise in social media promotion and distribution and web metrics and SEO; familiarity with HTML and standard content management systems; experience with new tools and technologies for digital storytelling; a bachelor’s degree.
Application deadline: September 25, or if not filled, the first of each month 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.
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Avenue, Suite 302 Phoenix, AZ 85004
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication 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.