University of Missouri School of Journalism
Job ID 39701
The University of Missouri School of Journalism and KOMU-TV are looking for a dynamic individual with expertise, vision and energy to serve as supervising producer overseeing on-air and digital journalism at KOMU-TV, the University of Missouri-owned and operated commercial television station. This is a full-time, benefit-eligible, renewable, 12-month faculty appointment. The anticipated start date for the position is March 1, 2022.
This position involves guiding and overseeing student journalists producing newscasts, primarily those airing at 6, 9 and 10 p.m. The successful candidate must be able to teach students and collaborate with faculty, staff and students in the KOMU newsroom, but also collaborate with other faculty and students working in other professional newsrooms and platforms in the School of Journalism. In addition to KOMU-TV, our media holdings include a community newspaper (The Columbia Missourian), a city magazine (Vox), and NPR member station (KBIA-FM) and a digital statewide business publication (Missouri Business Alert).
Since 1953, journalism students have obtained hands-on experience at KOMU-TV utilizing the Missouri Method. This learning-by-doing experience in community newsrooms continues to be the gold standard for training journalists. More than two-thirds of the nation’s television newsrooms recruit at the School of Journalism and KOMU-TV annually. In addition, many national news organizations and networks also hire our graduates.
The right candidate will have writing, editing and supervisory skills, teaching or training experience and an enthusiasm for working with aspiring journalists. This faculty member will work with students. Specific newsroom assignments will be “supervising producer” — overseeing production of daily newscasts and occasional editing and approval of story scripts, as well as coaching of students in story development and assembly. Under University policy, the teaching load for professional practice faculty is four traditional courses a semester or the equivalent mix of traditional (classroom) and clinical (newsroom) teaching. For this position the workload will be comprised of 20 percent classroom teaching, 60 percent newsroom teaching and 20 percent service (work on behalf of the School, the University and the industry).
The news producer/editor will:
- Work three nights a week as supervising producer, overseeing students producing designated daily newscasts
- Work with other faculty, staff and students to ensure coverage meets the highest journalistic standards.
- Coordinate all aspects of ensuring quality news content and production in daily newscasts and across digital and streaming platforms
- Work with student journalists on storytelling, writing, producing, investigative process, news judgment, ethics and principles of journalism.
- Teach a journalism class each semester
- Work with community members and leaders to build relationships and ensure inclusive coverage.
- Hold a faculty appointment at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
- Work with the editors and students at other Missouri School of Journalism news platforms to create quality converged coverage.
- Other duties as assigned
This position will require nights and occasional weekends. Schedules will depend on news coverage and production needs, which will be determined in consultation with the KOMU-TV News Director.
- At least 5 years of experience in reporting, producing, writing and managing staff in a digital journalism environment.
- A bachelor’s degree.
The committee is also interested in candidates who bring:
- The ethical judgment and skill to teach young journalists how to make tough calls on their feet.
- A proven track record of producing quality news coverage.
- Strong interpersonal and collaborative problem-solving skills.
- A deep, applied understanding of how to use visual and audio journalism, digital video, and social media to enhance journalistic storytelling.
- The ability to juggle a vibrant daily newsroom’s many needs with ambitious, long-term projects.
- A track record as a collegial collaborator in a newsroom without silos.
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This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.
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