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Director & Professor of Practice, Public Relations Lab

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, a national model for innovative journalism and strategic communication education, seeks to hire a director to lead the ASU Public Relations Lab, an established professional program in which students develop campaigns and strategies for corporate and not-for-profit clients in an agency environment.

The director will hold the faculty rank of professor of practice and work with other faculty to prepare next-generation communications professionals by providing a laboratory experience in a professionally managed, integrated-communications agency. The director will be expected to lead a team of talented, motivated students who will provide Lab clients with a contemporary, digital POV while providing media relations, stakeholder engagement, social strategy and execution, creative small-screen content development, content amplification, research and data analysis.

The director will use a hands-on approach to teach those core public relations skills as well as related capabilities, such as client relations and project management. He or she also will work with other communications faculty and staff to develop and manage relationships with potential Lab clients globally, across the nation, regionally and in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The award-winning Public Relations Lab is one of more than a dozen immersive professional experiences at the Cronkite School that reflect the school’s “teaching hospital” approach to communications education. The goal of these immersive experiences is to prepare Cronkite students for ethical leadership roles and rewarding impactful careers in the industries related to the communication’s discipline. Launched in fall 2011, the Public Relations Lab is designed as an intensive learning environment and operates as an agency with student teams that work on behalf of clients. Graduates have enjoyed considerable success in their careers, both at major agencies across the nation and in the corporate communications departments of global companies. The scope and ambitions of the Lab have recently expanded, and the director will be expected to help conceptualize and execute the program’s future strategy.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leading, inspiring and teaching upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in an agency-style environment.
  • Overseeing the development of communications programs suitable to connect with diverse audiences.
  • Overseeing the design, production and editing of strategic and creative content for digital storytelling platforms.
  • Leading experimentation in the use of data-enhanced creativity.
  • Working with the directors of the Cronkite New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab and the Audience Engagement Lab to discover and teach new tools and technologies that enhance digital storytelling.
  • Forging partnerships with regional and national public relations, marketing and technology firms to create learning and working opportunities for Lab students.
  • Establishing a platform of thought-leadership designed to engage outside influencers in the work of the ASU Public Relations Lab.

Required Qualifications
At least seven years of experience in a client-oriented agency or in-house communications position, with some experience managing teams, clients and client or corporate budgets; a proven understanding of research and the use of data in developing, executing and managing communications programs; experience developing and executing creative communications concepts; experience integrating paid media into product marketing, brand development or corporate communications; experience in the use of social media platforms and analytics; a proven capability for managing the development of small-screen content on digital platforms; a collaborative, team-oriented leadership style that produced award-winning, effective communications campaigns; and a bachelor’s degree.

Desired Qualifications
Experience working in or with international markets; a high comfort level with traditional media relations techniques and media outlets; experience integrating original research into communications strategies and campaigns; familiarity with Hispanic media and Hispanic marketing; familiarity with graphic design; familiarity with creative development and data analysis tools; and familiarity with the use of paid-media tools to reach audiences.

Application Deadline
Dec. 20, 2018, or if not filled, the first of each two-week period 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: Mark Hass
Professor of Practice
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 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.

Web Developer, Cronkite News

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, a national leader in journalism education, is seeking a Technologist in Residence for Cronkite News, a multiplatform daily news organization and innovation hub based in Phoenix.

This newsroom-based position requires deep technical skills and a passion for innovative storytelling. The successful candidate will be able to build and administer web applications and work with our award-winning faculty and student journalists to tell stories in a variety of formats and on multiple platforms. We are looking for someone with technical expertise who loves working with cross-platform teams and has the people skills to meld with our team. This is a year-round position that includes working with Cronkite News in the fall and spring semesters and in the Carnegie-Knight News21 program in the summers.

The News21 program brings together the nation’s best journalism students each year to report and produce an investigative multimedia reporting project on a topic of national import. Cronkite News is the news division of Arizona PBS and is comprised of more than a dozen full-time, award-winning professional editors and more than 100 journalism students each semester. Students produce rich multimedia content – both daily and enterprise – under the guidance of top professionals in an immersive learning environment. The content is delivered on cronkitenews.azpbs.org. Cronkite News also is designed to be a test bed for innovation, serving as a model for the news industry to try new forms of storytelling, audience engagement, digital interactivity, data visualization and audience analytics.

Essential duties
Develop and maintain web applications related to the Cronkite News digital site, cronkitenews.azpbs.org, which is built on WordPress, as well as News21 and other Cronkite school projects.
Work with faculty and students to ideate and develop innovative storytelling techniques – on web, mobile and social media applications.

Remain abreast of technology developments and trends – in both journalistic and commercial outlets.

Pitch ideas, provide guidance and offer recommendations on potential implementation of new tools and techniques to Cronkite News and Cronkite leadership.

Provide technical support in the production of multimedia-based layouts, graphics, animations, video and sound.

Build web interfaces and work with Cronkite News directors to develop layout design/content; test functionality.

Identify and suggest improvements to enhance user experience and strengthen security of existing products.

Assist newsroom directors in supervising web production and data visualization creation.

Identify and troubleshoot errors and/or problems with web-based applications.

Help develop and improve newsroom procedures through innovative and technology-supported solutions.

Develop and maintain back-end databases for digital media products.

Work with Cronkite IT department to configure server space to house products developed by Cronkite News.

Assist in preparing and updating training materials and associated documentation; assist in some student training.

Minimum qualifications
Bachelor's degree Information Technology, Computer Science or closely related. 3 years web and database including creating and updating table structures and views as well as CSS development.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience in WordPress development;
  • Experience in PHP, JavaScript,
  • HTML5/CSS, Bootstrap, jQuery and Python;
  • Experience with MySQL;
  • Experience in news storytelling;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of content production and content-management systems;
  • Experience with integrating external JavaScript libraries, such as Highcharts JS
  • Experience and enthusiasm for learning;
  • Experience with SEO and web-analytics suites, such as Google Analytics;
  • Experience with version-control systems, such as Git;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Experience in mentoring or working with students;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or skill in startup bootstrapping and entrepreneurship efforts;
  • Experience in UX and graphic design.

This is a full-time staff appointment. For best consideration, please submit applications by Oct. 16, 2018, or if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

To apply, please click here. If you have questions about the position, please contact Cronkite News Executive Editor Christina Leonard at christina.leonard@asu.edu.

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.

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.
  • Steve 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 courses online for the Cronkite School.

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: Oct. 14, 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/