Howard G. Buffett Foundation Visiting Professor of Visual Journalism

Arizona State University (Phoenix, Arizona)

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The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking a leading photo or video journalist to serve as the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Visiting Professor of Visual Journalism.

The Buffett Visiting Professor will join the award-winning and highly collaborative Cronkite School faculty and will teach, edit and mentor upper-level undergraduate and graduate journalism students producing enterprise visual storytelling in the Southwest and across the country.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, visiting faculty appointment on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus. Dates of employment are January 1, 2024, through Aug, 16, 2024.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Teaching an on-campus advanced skills course for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in producing photo and/or video enterprise projects. This course may have an opportunity for international travel. (Spring 2024 semester)
  • Serving as a guest visuals editor and coach in  Cronkite News, the student-powered, faculty-led news division of Arizona PBS. This involves meeting with photo and/or video students in the newsroom, editing their work and helping them develop stories. (Spring 2024 semester)
  • Mentoring student reporting fellows and editing visual storytelling content produced by student reporting fellows in the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, which draws top students from more than a dozen universities each year to produce a national enterprise reporting project. This is a highly energized newsroom environment at the Cronkite School, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Summer 2024 semester)

About the Cronkite School
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier journalism programs. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake—accuracy, responsibility and integrity—the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics among students as they master the professional skills they need to succeed in the digital media world of today and tomorrow.

Located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus in the heart of the nation’s fifth-largest city, the School has 70 full-time faculty members, including award-winning professional journalists, strategic communications specialists and world-class media scholars.

More than 2,500 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students are enrolled at Cronkite, preparing for careers in journalism, strategic media and related communications fields. The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education, for which it has received international acclaim. Cronkite offers more than a dozen full-immersion capstone courses in which students work in intensive, real-world settings under the guidance of top-flight professionals and in collaboration with research faculty. The programs enable students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom, producing news, information and community engagement on critical issues for the state, region and nation.

The Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication practices inclusivity in our student, staff and faculty communities in order to create an academic environment that embraces diversity of thought, background and experience.

Date of employment: January 1, 2024, through Aug, 16, 2024.

This appointment holds the faculty rank of Visiting Professor.


Required Qualifications

  • At least five years of professional journalism experience in visual storytelling
  • Bachelor’s degree

Desired Qualifications

  • Publication/distribution of work by national or international news organizations
  • Experience with photojournalism and video production
  • Experience mentoring, editing or teaching students or beginning reporters
  • Experience leading teams of reporters and/or producers
  • Ability to report and produce content in Spanish
  • A graduate degree

Application Instructions

Submission materials must include:

  1. A cover letter stating qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Contact information (name, address, email, telephone number) for three professional references
  4. Links to examples of work created or produced

The applicant’s name should appear in each uploaded file name. Cover letters may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Senior Associate Dean Rebecca Blatt. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at:

Application deadline is Oct. 10, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online at:

Employment Opportunity Statement
A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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