News21 Executive Editor
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is seeking an Executive Editor for the national News21 program, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The Executive Editor will lead this ground-breaking program, which brings together journalism students from top programs around the country for an intensive summer reporting experience. Students work out of a newsroom in the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Phoenix and travel the country reporting investigative multimedia projects. Previous projects have focused on transportation safety and food safety in America and have been published by The Washington Post, msnbc.com and the Center for Public Integrity as well as on the News21 website.
The Executive Editor will be the lead editor and newsroom manager for the 10-week summer program, providing strategic leadership and daily supervision of a dozen or more student reporters and producers and editing their work. The Executive Editor will work closely with a team of Cronkite faculty, including Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, and Retha Hill, former vice president at BET.com, to conceptualize and plan the project and will be responsible for developing media partnerships to ensure student work gets the widest possible national distribution.
In addition, the Executive Editor will teach in-depth reporting classes during the fall and spring semesters to undergraduate andgraduate students.
Desired qualifications include:
High-level newsroom management and editing experience;
Extensive experience as an editor and/or reporter on significant investigative reporting projects;
Experience working with data, public records and other investigative reporting tools;
Familiarity with new media technologies and tools and an ability to work with developers and students to encourage innovation;
Experience teaching or mentoring and coaching young journalists in a newsroom environment.
This is a 12-month appointment and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.
The deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2012.
Application procedure: Materials must include 1) a current resume; 2) a letter describing how the applicant’s experiences will benefit the News21 program; 3) names, positions and telephone numbers of three references.
Submit materials to:
Director of Fiscal & Business Services
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004