Lecturer and Co-Director for Cronkite Noticias/Cronkite News

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
  • Location
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 08

Position description

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, one of the nation’s top journalism schools, seeks to hire a part-time Lecturer and Co-director to join Cronkite News and help lead Cronkite Noticias, the school’s Spanish-language professional program.

The co-director will help lead, edit, mentor and teach a student team of bilingual journalists that produces daily and in-depth multimedia content for Cronkite Noticias and Cronkite News, the student-staffed, faculty-led news division of Arizona PBS. The team will focus on issues relevant to both Spanish- and English-speaking audiences, with a particular emphasis on health disparities, social justice and borderlands issues. Cronkite Noticias offers Spanish-language content for audio, broadcast, digital and social media. The content not only gets showcased on Cronkite News/Noticias platforms, but media partners from across the Southwest region – including Univision and more than a dozen news outlets – regularly publish and air the work. The team may produce content in English and Spanish, and this position will focus more on digital and social platforms.   

The state-of-the-art newsroom operates out of the Cronkite School on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus in the nation’s 11th-largest media market. The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education in which students create professional content under the guidance of award-winning, experienced professionals. The program also serves as a test bed for innovation, experimenting with emerging techniques and new forms of storytelling. Cronkite News has reporting bureaus in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. 

Duties and Responsibilities
•    Leading, editing, teaching and mentoring upper-level undergraduate and graduate journalism students in a daily news environment, developing the next generation of bilingual journalists
•    Building and nurturing a network of media partners to distribute bilingual news and information throughout the region
•    Demonstrating commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in both professional practices and as contributor to an inclusive working and learning environment
•    Working collaboratively with other professional program directors and media partners to plan, manage and produce innovative and professional news and information content across platforms
•    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 appointment is a nine-month, part-time, 50% FTE and a benefits eligible position and holds the faculty rank of lecturer.


Required Qualifications:
•    Five years of regional or national experience planning, producing and editing digital and/or broadcast (television or audio) content, or equivalent experience
•    Experience cultivating sources, developing story ideas and writing and/or editing digital content
•    Knowledge of AP style
•    Experience in social media promotion and distribution, web metrics and SEO
•    Ability to work with and mentor students
•    Bachelor's degree
•    Bilingual, with strong editing skills in Spanish and English
Desired Qualifications:
•    Experience supervising a team
•    Experience covering or directing coverage of borderlands issues
•    Fluency with standard content management systems, such as WordPress
•    Proficiency with photo editing tools
•    Experience working with undergraduate and/or graduate students in a university or newsroom setting

Application instructions

Application deadline: August 2, 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.

All finalists will be asked to submit a statement that addresses their experience and commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion over the course of their careers and outlines how they would advance DEI goals at the Cronkite School. The statement should be no longer than 500 words.and outlines how they would advance DEI goals at the Cronkite School. The statement should be no longer than 500 words.

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