The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking an experienced video production professional to serve as the supervising producer of Cronkite News, the award-winning student-staffed, faculty-led news division of Arizona PBS, leading students in the production of its daily newscast and other video content across platforms.
With the appointment rank based on experience, the successful candidate will be a journalist of the highest caliber with strong broadcast news experience and an innovative thinker who is comfortable in a highly energized news environment. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to accuracy, fairness and collaboration. The ideal candidate also must have the skills to inspire, support and instruct a team of student journalists and deliver clear direction and feedback.
This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, 12-month appointment on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus. This position does not include teaching traditional classes. Leading students in producing daily news content for Cronkite News is the full-time teaching assignment. This is not a tenure-track appointment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead, edit, mentor and teach a team of student producers, made up of upper-level undergraduate and graduate journalism students, to create award-winning, professional-quality daily newscasts, specials and video for all Cronkite News platforms in a highly-energized daily newsroom, Monday through Friday. The hours are generally 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Plan, manage and produce innovative news and information content across platforms, including overseeing the daily Cronkite News newscast, a 30-minute show that airs on Arizona PBS.
- Edit rundowns and scripts and critique student video content on deadline to ensure content meets professional broadcast news video standards and utilizes strong writing, video, graphics and tech to tell great stories and showcase them in memorable ways for viewers.
- Keep tabs on current events, review daybooks, assign spot news stories and plan content.
- Drive audience engagement through social media, SEO and immersion reporting experiences.
- Work collaboratively with other Cronkite professional program faculty and students, including those across the Cronkite News Phoenix newsroom as well as bureaus in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., the Phoenix Sports Bureau, and Cronkite Noticias, the newsroom’s Spanish- language program.
- Work closely with a student video editor to make sure content is posted quickly and accurately on video platforms such as YouTube.
- Perform other faculty responsibilities, such as committee assignments and assisting in student recruitment, as assigned.
- At least three years major-market regional or national experience planning and producing TV newscasts
- A bachelor’s degree
- Strong editorial, writing, producing, interpersonal, mentoring and management skills
- Experience producing and editing video and other visuals for broadcast audiences
- Exceptional script writing, editing and video storytelling skills
- Experience in social media promotion and distribution and web metrics and SEO
- Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and team-building abilities while guiding the production of a daily video news product
- A successful track record of teaching or mentoring beginning journalists
- Strong knowledge and experience working in Adobe Premiere, or equivalent non-linear video editing experience
- Knowledge of videography
- Familiarity with ENPS
- Thorough understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of newsroom culture and reporting and presenting news content
- Ability to edit content in Spanish
- Master’s degree
About the Cronkite School
The Cronkite School is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier colleges of journalism and mass communication. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake – accuracy, responsibility, integrity – the school fosters 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, with additional centers in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., the school has 70 full-time faculty members and more than 100 full-time professional staff and annual resources of more than $40 million. The Cronkite faculty is made up of award-winning professional journalists, strategic communications specialists and world-class media scholars. Cronkite professors include five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists; digital media thought leaders, top TV producers and correspondents, major metropolitan newspaper editors and strategic communications experts.
Cronkite offers bachelor’s degrees in journalism and mass communication, sports journalism, digital audiences, mass communication and media studies, and digital media literacy. The School offers master’s degrees in mass communication, sports journalism, investigative journalism and digital audience strategy as well as a Ph.D. program in journalism and mass communication.
Nearly 2,500 undergraduate, master’s degree and doctoral students are enrolled at Cronkite, preparing for careers in journalism, strategic media and related communications fields. Of the undergraduate residential student population, more than 60% come from out-of-state and more than 37% are students of color. The retention rate consistently exceeds 90%, and Cronkite students regularly lead the country in national journalism competitions.
The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of education, for which it has received international acclaim. Cronkite News is among more than a dozen full-immersion capstone programs at the school, in which students work in intensive, real-world settings under the guidance of top-flight professionals and in collaboration with research faculty.
About Cronkite News
Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS, is a multi-platform daily news operation that serves as an immersive and innovative learning laboratory for students and provides daily and enterprise news coverage of critical issues on audio, broadcast, digital and social platforms. Students create content under the guidance of award-winning, experienced professionals, working out of a state-of-the-art newsroom located on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus in the nation’s 11th-largest media market. Cronkite News also serves as a test bed for innovation, experimenting with new forms of storytelling, audience engagement, digital interactivity and data visualization for the rest of the industry. Cronkite News has more than 100 media outlets that regularly publish or air student content.
About Arizona State University
ASU is one of the largest and most innovative public research universities in the country, undertaking a bold reinvention of higher education as a New American University. With four campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area, it serves more than 127,000 students on campus and online. For the past seven years, it has been ranked No. 1 for innovation by U.S. News & World Report.
In the past decade, ASU has developed numerous new programs and units that bridge disciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge, while developing practical solutions to serve Arizona and the world at large. The university has strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, excellence, and impact, and assumes significant responsibility for the cultural, social and economic vitality of its surrounding communities.
Submission materials must include:
- A cover letter stating qualifications
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- A link to samples of work created or produced, with a written explanation of the role the applicant played in the creation and execution of each work sample
- Contact information (name, address, email, telephone number) for three professional references
- A diversity 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
The applicant’s name should appear in each uploaded file name. Cover letters may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Cronkite Assistant Dean for Instruction and Partnerships Brett Kurland. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: Brett.Kurland@asu.edu.
Application deadline is December 29, 2022. 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 here.
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