Knight Chair in Journalism

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Location
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 17

Position description

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking a national leader in data journalism to serve as the Knight Chair in Journalism, an endowed professorship dedicated to advancing data journalism worldwide.

The chair will teach data journalism at the Cronkite School, working with students in both classroom and newsroom settings.  Additionally, the chair will develop data journalism initiatives across the university and serve as a national and international resource for teaching and training students, educators and professionals in the tools, techniques and ethical use of data in the practice of journalism.

The Knight Chair was established at the Cronkite School in 1996 through an endowment of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It is one of 24 Knight chairs in journalism at top universities nationwide. The chairs are leading journalists who become tenured professors, practicing journalism, teaching innovative classes and creating experimental projects and programs that help advance journalism excellence in the digital age.

The Cronkite School, located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in the nation’s 12th 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. 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, audience analytics and revenue models.
This is a permanent tenured position and holds the faculty rank of Professor.


Required: Ten years of senior-level experience at a major news organization leading and executing data journalism initiatives and projects; a record of accomplishments and thought leadership in the field of data journalism; bachelor’s degree

Application instructions

Application deadline: May 12, 2017 or if not filled, the first of each two-week period thereafter until the search is closed.

Application procedure: Materials must include 1) a current curriculum vita; 2) a letter describing the applicant’s experiences and how they would benefit the Cronkite School; and 3) names, positions and telephone numbers of three academic or professional references.

Submit materials via email to:  [email protected]
Attn: Marianne Barrett 
Sr. Associate Dean  
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave., Suite 302
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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