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Adjunct Instructor, Newsroom Coach for Sports Coverage
University of Southern California (USC)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: REQ20136786
The Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California seeks a highly qualified adjunct instructor to be our Media Center Coach focused on helping students doing multiplatform coverage of sports
Work 10 hours per week in a fast-paced news environment with students in the Media Center at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism who are producing news stories on daily and long-term deadlines for television, radio, podcasts and digital. The ideal candidate will have television or audio production experience, along with experience reporting on sports. This position requires someone who is patient and enthusiastic about guiding students who have little to no journalism or production experience. The work would require at least five hours per week in the Media Center to meet face-to-face with students and the remaining hours could be remote.Â Â
Train student producers who are responsible for producing multiplatform coverage of sports.
Guide students in leadership roles with best leadership practices and help them recruit, nurture and provide opportunities for contributors.Â Â
Coordinate with the director of the Media Center to evaluate students who are working in this area as volunteers.
Support and guide producers in identifying story ideas and managing deadlines.
Work one-on-one with entry-level student reporters on story development, interviewing, writing, gathering sound or pictures, using ambient sound, recording voice tracks and the final production of their stories.
Provide tips on how to make improvements.
Assist students in producing multimedia elements to go along with text reporting and in distributing content through social media and other means.
Assess student work and interactions with an eye toward ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in the newsroom at all times.
Provide consultation on legal, ethical and usage questions.
Conduct regular workshops for student producers and contributors.
Degree required: BA or BS
At least three years of professional journalism experience.
Experience producing high-quality coverage of sports.
Radio, podcast, web and multimedia experience preferred.
Spanish speaker or multilingual a plus.
Familiarity with AP Stylebook.
Proficiency with live production.Â
Applicants should have a primary career elsewhere.
The hourly range for this position is $36.37 â $45.46. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidateâs work experience, education/training, key skills, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
USC reserves the âAdjunctâ appointment for faculty teaching less than full-time at USC, who are employed full-time in a primary profession or career elsewhere. Adjunct faculty typically teach only one course per year, but in exceptional cases, may teach one course per semester, if approved by the dean.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, addressed to Professor Christina Bellantoni, Director of the Annenberg Media Center, describing their background, interests and areas of expertise, and an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae through USCâs job site.
The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is among the nationâs leading institutions devoted to the study of communication, journalism and public relations.Â With an enrollment of 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students, USC Annenberg scholars, both students and faculty, are defining these fields for the 21st century and beyond.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations.
As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.
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