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Executive Editor of Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking an Executive Editor for its new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. The Howard Center, funded through a generous grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, will be the centerpiece of the school’s first-in-the-nation master’s degree in investigative journalism.

The Executive Editor will have the unique opportunity to develop an immersive, experiential, innovative, hands-on curriculum featuring the Cronkite School’s award-winning faculty and a strong interdisciplinary component drawn from ASU colleges in Business, Law, Engineering, Computer Science and Liberal Arts.

In the first year, the Howard Center's founding editor will lead the formation of the program, including developing courses with professors from other schools that enhance investigative reporting techniques. The Executive Editor also will create partnerships with media outlets, assist in recruiting students for the first class of graduate students and lead searches for other Howard Center staff. Once the center is operational, the editor will oversee national capstone investigative projects for publication in partnership with professional media outlets across the country.

Desired qualifications include:

  • At least 10 years of journalism experience at the national or major market level
  • Deep investigative journalism experience
  • Significant experience as a newsroom leader
  • An interest in working with thought leaders in other disciplines to develop wide-ranging methods and knowledge within journalism
  • A collaborative, optimistic leader who can energize top-tier graduate students

This is a full-time appointment and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.

For best consideration, please submit applications by September 30, 2018, or if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

To apply, send a letter of interest, a resume and links to work samples via email to:
cronkitejobs@asu.edu
Attn: Sarah Cohen
Knight Chair in Journalism
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. Arizona State University’s full non-discrimination statement can be found at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html, and the Title IX policy can be found at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX.

About the Cronkite School

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and is home to Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. The school’s mission to is to prepare the next generation of journalists and communications professionals while also taking responsibility for the fundamental news and information needs of the community through an innovative journalistic “teaching hospital.” In more than a dozen professional immersion programs, students create professional content under the guidance of faculty with deep industry experience and experiment with new ways of creating and delivering news and information. The school is located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in the heart of the nation’s 11th largest media market.

About the Scripps Howard Foundation

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism is made possible through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, which supports philanthropic causes important to the E.W. Scripps Company and the communities it serves. The foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Howard Center honors the legacy of Roy W. Howard, former chairman of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain and a pioneering news reporter who combined the roles of publisher, editor and journalist.

About ASU
Arizona State University is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing public research universities, with a rich diversity of highly ranked programs and scholars that seek to solve pressing global and local issues through powerful partnerships. In 2017, ASU was ranked as the most innovative school in the country for the third year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. ASU is known for its development and championing of a new model for the American research university, creating an institution committed to excellence, access and impact.

About the Howard Center Faculty
Students in the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism will be guided by top faculty that include five Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and editors. They are:

  • Leonard Downie Jr. The Weil Family Professor of Journalism is the former executive editor of The Washington Post. Downie led the newspaper to more Pulitzer Prizes than any editor in history. A founding member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, he specialized in investigative reporting throughout his career and teaches Cronkite courses on accountability journalism.

  • Sarah Cohen. The Knight Chair in Data Journalism came to the Cronkite School from The New York Times, where she served as data editor. She won a Pulitzer Prize at The Washington Post, where she also was data editor. She was president of Investigative Reporters & Editors and served as the Knight Professor at Duke University. She teaches data journalism at Cronkite.

  • Walter V. “Robby” Robinson. The Donald W. Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism is the former editor of The Boston Globe’s famed Spotlight investigative team. He won a Pulitzer Prize for work uncovering the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, which became the basis for the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight.” He teaches a course in investigative reporting at Cronkite.

  • Jacquee Petchel. A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist at The Miami Herald and an Emmy award-winning TV producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and WFOR-TV in Miami, Petchel is executive editor of Carnegie-Knight News21, the multi-university, in-depth journalism initiative based at Cronkite. She also has worked with students to produce award-winning television and radio documentaries about heroin and the prescription opioid epidemic.

  • Steven Doig. A pioneer in data journalism, Doig is a Pulitzer Prize winner from The Miami Herald and the school’s first Knight Chair in Data Journalism. He teaches data journalism part-time at Cronkite.

Knight Professor of Practice in TV News Innovation

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, a national leader in journalism education, seeks to hire a Knight Professor of Practice in TV News Innovation to support a new initiative designed to advance digital and broadcast innovation in local television news.

With major grant support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Cronkite School will serve as a testbed for experimentation and innovation TV news through Cronkite News, the faculty led, student-produced news division of Arizona PBS. The full-time faculty member will work with Cronkite News students and faculty, and commercial television stations from across the country, to test and measure TV news experiments that promote informed and engaged communities. Additionally, the professor of practice will participate in the implementation of a pilot change management strategy program designed specifically for local TV news leaders.

Working in close consort with Cronkite News and school leadership, the Knight Professor of Practice in TV News Innovation’s duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Proactively developing collaborative relationships with industry partners seeking an innovation testbed platform to experiment with areas including but not limited to storytelling, presentation, mobile delivery, data, social and interactive tools, and over-the-top content.
  • Proactively driving experimentation by Cronkite News students in areas including but not limited to storytelling, presentation, mobile delivery, data, social and interactive tools, and over-the-top content.
  • Coordinating and ensuring the regular inclusion of innovative experiments within Cronkite News.
  • Co-creation and implementation of measuring systems, including data collection, surveys, interviews, and other methods to determine the impact of local TV news experiments.
  • Development of a broad, multimedia communications plan and information dissemination strategy for the purpose of sharing lessons learned through innovation in local TV news.
  • Participate in the design and pilot implementation of an intensive year-long change-driven program for local TV news industry leaders; serve as the Cronkite School point of contact for all components of the “Table Stakes” program, including but not limited to design development, recruitment of participants, confirmation of facilitators and coaches, logistics and training. Participating in the “Table Stakes” pilot cohort as part of the Cronkite News / Arizona PBS delegation; become trained as a program coach in order to serve in that capacity starting with the second cohort.
  • Preparing reports for funders detailing grant deliverables, including strong data visualization elements.

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 an annual appointment and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.

Application deadline: April 30, 2018, or if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

Application procedure: Materials must include 1) a current resume; 2) a letter outlining employment history, educational philosophy, scholarly research or creative interests and a description of how the applicant’s experiences will benefit the Cronkite School; and 3) names, positions and telephone numbers of three academic or professional references.

Qualifications Required: Senior-level leadership experience in a TV news organization; record of accomplishments and thought leadership related to the future of news; bachelor’s degree.

Submit materials via email to:
cronkitejobs@asu.edu
Attn: Mark Lodato
Associate Dean
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/.

Director and Professor of Practice, Cronkite News Sustainability Desk

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.

Desired Qualifications
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
  • Bachelor’s degree

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.

Submit materials via email to: cronkitejobs@asu.edu
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/