Why should you work with us?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you should send us your resume today.
- Are you a journalism nerd? Do you get excited about what’s happening in the world and are you consuming all the news you can?
A yearlong fellowship at Poynter will give you the opportunity to interact with some of the best and brightest in the media business. Whether it’s the prize-winning journalists that you grew up enjoying or the technologists developing the newest digital tools to help reporters around the world, we work with them all on a regular basis.
- Do you geek out about e-learning?
Working with us will put you on the ground floor of our exciting move to a cutting-edge learning management system. As a matter of fact, it’s in development right now. You will also get to work with experienced e-learning producers to create new training models that serve the changing needs of consumers.
- Do you want to spend a year learning about journalism?
You’ll be surrounded by the best online journalism training available, working with the instructors and the content, and asking the hard questions.
- Are you interested in what the future holds for the media industry?
From the rise of fact-checking and misinformation to the role of journalism in watching this presidency, this is going to be a big year. You could be here with us, watching, thinking, participating, critiquing and helping journalism in all forms.
A Day in the Life
OK, let’s talk about what you’ll really be doing.
- Course building and development
Yes, you will actually build some e-learning courses while you’re here. And if you have a particular skill like video, graphics, photography, writing or anything else, we want you to use it as often as possible so you have something cool to show off when you’re done.
- Scheduling, phone calls, logistics, and general project management
Proper planning is key to the development to any course project. We’ll give you the assignment and support you through it, but you’ll do the work every step of the way.
- Customer service
It’s not as bad as it sounds, but we do have to field phone call and emails from users who sometimes struggle to get into classes or to make the technology work for them. And you know what? We often learn a lot about UX from it, too.
- Routine tasks
Work isn’t always all fun. Tasks like copying and pasting happen to us all, and we will ask you to do some as well. But we promise you will never have to get us coffee. :-)
What do you get?
At the end of your fellowship, not only will you have the experiences we have highlighted above, but we expect you to work on a project that serves either journalism or e-learning and that builds your portfolio so you can go on to do great things. We will provide expert feedback and guidance for your yearlong project. See complete job description below.
TITLE: Interactive Learning Fellow
DEPARTMENT: News University
FLSA STATUS: Full-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO: Interactive Learning Manager
OVERALL JOB RESPONSIBILITY
This is a one-year fellowship to aid in the creation of interactive learning modules for News University, the e-learning project at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
- Works with instructors to facilitate online courses, including: managing the student application and enrollment process; responding to technical difficulties; monitoring and hosting webinars, chat sessions, and discussion forums.
- Collaborates and takes direction from Interactive Learning Producers and subject matter experts to assist in the creation of instructional packages for Poynter’s News University e-learning project.
- Integrates custom e-learning materials with NewsU’s learning management system.
- Programs interactive elements of educational projects such as navigation, site structure, and simulations.
- Collects, designs and edits instructional digital and video content.
- Works on a one-year project from conception to completion.
- Other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to theInteractive Learning Manager. He/she is responsible for conducting daily and long-term assignments under general direction. Interactive Learning Fellow must be able to work independently and collaborate with others.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None.
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS
INTERNAL: TheInteractive Learning Fellow interacts with Interactive Learning staff and Poynter faculty and staff to collaborate on instructional packages for News University.
EXTERNAL: Maintains cooperative relationships with subject matter experts for instructional packages.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: Bachelor's degree is required. He/she must be willing to learn and try new things. Ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines and think critically and creatively, a must. Knowledge of and experience with the Internet and Web-based technologies, including, for example, HTML, CSS is preferred. Proficiency in various application suites, including Microsoft Office and Adobe’s Creative Suite, required. Strong programming, interactive design and digital editing skills, and knowledge of web design trends, a plus. Strong written and oral communication skills required. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, theory and principles of online education. Computer skills like programming and development not required, but would be a great addition.
PROBLEM SOLVING/DECISION MAKING: Highly organized to effectively coordinate and complete multiple projects.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Primarily sedentary, as bulk of tasks is performed at a computer workstation. Physical requirements include ability to see and color perception in order to proofread, edit on paper and onscreen, and create and view graphics. Requires the ability to manipulate fingers to operate computer keyboard and mouse. He/she will be expected to work under and meet precise deadlines. Routine interruptions and unforeseen assignments are to be expected. This position calls for occasional lifting of up to 10 lbs.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Duties are performed in a non-smoking office environment. The workstation is unobstructed and he/she can expect moderate noise levels from general office activity. On occasion, he/she may be required to travel on behalf of the Institute.
OTHER INFORMATION: The Interactive Learning Fellow will generally work a five-day schedule, defined as Monday through and including Friday. He/she will generally work between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the Institute's normal business hours. The workdays will vary from time to time depending on the workload. The employee is eligible for one hour (unpaid) for lunch and two 15-minute (paid) breaks each day. This position may require some overtime.
No phone calls, please.
Position is in St. Petersburg, FL.
Hourly Rate Range: $15-$17 per hour, based on 37.50-hour workweek
Send cover letter and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to apply: February 19, 2018
About this company
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education, and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 300,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.