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The University of Southern California Libraries seek a highly motivated and creative Media fellow - Content Developercommitted to fostering civic discourse, democratic ideals, and a diverse and equitable public sphere. The Media Fellow will join a large international grant-funded project. The project will examine the impacts of misinformation and disinformation on democracy and promote critical data literacies to counter these impacts. The Media Fellow will work with a small USC-based research team, the Reclaim Project, to create compelling original content for social media that will foster dialogue and counter misinformation online. The team will merge creative media production with scholarly research on misinformation, online hate, and social networks. Working with researchers and students at USC and beyond, the Media Fellow will develop strategies and templates for the production and circulation of counter-media content. The ideal candidate will have excellent media production, writing, and time management skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability both to work independently and in a team setting. Experience creating and managing successful social media accounts on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or TikTok are highly desirable. Most importantly, the Media Fellow will be guided by a strong vision of building a more just and equitable public sphere.
This position is a full-time, 12-month fixed term with renewal possibilities; the work hours may vary, including some evenings hours.
University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is one of the worldâs leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, USC has a large number of international students and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, visit www.usc.edu.
We are seeking a combination of the following experience/skills:
â¢ Commitment to and awareness of social justice issues
Â â¢ General understanding of issues of misinformation in social media
â¢ Content creation experience
â¢ Strong verbal and written communications skills, including proofreading and editing
â¢ Experience monitoring trends and changes in news media, social media, and political landscapes
â¢ Ability to engage research, distill key points, and offer strategic insights
â¢ General knowledge of digital environments (social media, analytics, SEO, and design)
â¢ Ability to creatively use a variety of platforms to build audience and drive campaigns
â¢ Understanding of youth audiences
Your responsibilities will include a subset of the following:
â¢ Collaborate with research team including scholars, students, artists, and others
â¢ Help lead content creation and foster the strategic use of content to build awareness/engagement, and management of online community
â¢ Develop media messaging to counter extremist recruitment online
â¢ Effectively draft, proofread and edit content for social channels and media toolkits
â¢ Assess the performance of messaging through reporting, analytics, and database management
â¢ Learn best practices for non-profit/issue advocacy communications across digital channels
â¢ Learn how to apply creative media within a range of mediums, from traditional, experiential, to digitalÂ and beyond
Â â¢ Participate in ongoing team meetings with local and international research teams
Â â¢ Perform administrative tasks when necessary
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for employees and their families with access to the renowned university medical networkÍ¾ eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after one year of employmentÍ¾ tuition benefits for employees and their familiesÍ¾ access to professional development opportunitiesÍ¾ central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses, and tram pick up services at no charge to employeesÍ¾ discounts to a wide variety of cultural, sporting, and other campus events.
Minimum Education: Bachelorâs Degree
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 3 years
As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) Resume (including telephone and e-mail address), 3) a portfolio link of your work. The cover letter should describe your experience in media production for digital platforms as well as your thoughts on how media might contribute to a more just and equitable public sphere.
Closing date for applications: January 13, 2023, or until filled.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
The hourly rate range for this position is $25.02-$37.95. 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, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
Minimum Education:Bachelorâs degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Extensive applicable experience in employee and/or internal corporate communications. Three yearsâ experience in communications, content development and writing/editing in employee/internal corporate communications. Demonstrated design/typography experience. Proven knowledge of writing and editing fundamentals and Associated Press style. Ability to tailor content to fit targeted audiences with a clear, demonstrated understanding of multichannel communication platforms. Experience with design software/tools (e.g., HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite) creating assets for digital environments (e.g., WordPress, social media, search and display advertising). Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to provide detailed information and summaries to peers and supervisors, exercising discretion with confidential information. Ability to build and deliver solutions that consistently meet customer expectations. Demonstrated organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to proactively, independently, strategically and creatively make decisions. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to provide support and guidance as needed. Experience with Microsoft Office and content management systems.
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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