Director and Professor of Practice, Cronkite News Sustainability Desk
Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
April 6, 2018
Dependent on experience
Full Time - Experienced
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 Sustainability 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 Professor of Practice will be part of a new regional journalism collaboration to enhance and expand coverage of sustainability issues in the Southwest. Elemental: Covering Sustainability, is comprised of public television and radio stations in key western cities and includes Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal. The director will work with a team of student reporters who produce content for digital and broadcast platforms (both television and radio). The stories will run on the Elemental partners’ platforms as well as in professional media outlets that routinely pick up Cronkite News content.
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 data editor Sarah Cohen, Peabody award winner and former executive producer of NPR’s Morning Edition Tracy Wahl, Emmy-award winning news anchor Vanessa Ruiz and former Knight Foundation journalism innovator Eric Newton.
Cronkite News 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 Los Angeles, and a Spanish-language bureau where students report and produce news content across media platforms for Spanish-speaking audiences.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Leading, editing, teaching and mentoring upper-level undergraduate and graduate journalism students in a daily news environment in the nation’s 12th largest media market
Establishing the sustainability desk as a leading source of news and information about sustainability issues
Working with other professional program directors at the Cronkite School to plan, manage and produce innovative and professional news and content
Collaborating with Elemental partners on covering four key sustainability issues: water, renewable energy, climate change and urbanization
Driving experimentation and teaching new tools and technologies that enhance digital and broadcast storytelling
Performing other faculty responsibilities, such as committee assignments and student recruitment, as assigned.
This is appointment holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.
Application deadline: May 6, 2018, 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.
Attn: Christina Leonard, Executive Editor, Cronkite News
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/
The ideal candidates will have complementary skills sets that cover the following areas:
Five years of major-market regional or national experience planning, editing and producing digital or broadcast content
Experience covering sustainability issues
Experience leading teams of reporters and/or producers
Experience guiding student or beginning reporters
Exceptional storytelling skills that integrate text, video, photo, graphics and data
Familiarity in social media promotion and distribution and web metrics and SEO
About Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
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.