TITLE: Reporting & Storytelling Faculty
FLSA STATUS: Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt
REPORTS TO: Vice President
OVERALL JOB RESPONSIBILITY
The Reporting & Storytelling faculty member is responsible for creating and delivering training and thought leadership to the journalism industry in the areas of local reporting, storytelling, leadership through craft, and writing with impact on all platforms.
Local reporting: He/she will develop workshops that will help local reporters reimagine their beat strategies, find stories that news organizations traditionally miss, surface new voices, report on vulnerable sources and adopt a workflow that delivers stories to the audience.
Leadership through craft: He/she will contribute to the Institute’s leadership teaching, focusing on the skills of newsroom leadership for front-line journalists and finding, nurturing and retaining diverse talent. Additionally, this faculty member will contribute to Poynter’s leadership teaching for new managers and women leaders.
Writing with impact on all platforms: By examining the components and conditions that lead to strong writing on all platforms, the Reporting & Storytelling faculty member will advance Poynter’s portfolio on writing, expanding our work to all corners of journalistic expression, from the tweet to the interactive graphic to the long-form narrative.
The faculty member, individually and collectively:
- Teaches with expertise and inspiration in-person, through writing and e-learning.
- Creates new knowledge through research, and then broadly shares it through innovative and substantive teaching, publication, and service to the profession.
- Works directly with journalists and newsrooms to create and deliver relevant training.
- Stays on the cutting edge through relevant reading, professional connections, and practice.
- Develops and implements the Institute’s academic programs and curriculum in collaboration with the Vice President, and in concert with the priorities of his/her role.
- Shares in the collegial conversation and life of the Institute, creates an environment for coaching, support, and collaboration with colleagues.
- Takes responsibility for self-development in gaining new skills and knowledge, with coaching from the Vice President.
- Performs journalism public service within the industry and the community under the auspices of the Institute.
- Consults on the hiring of faculty and the selection of visiting scholars and professionals.
- Makes appearances on national television and radio programs as an expert, and gets quoted by news organizations.
- Other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The Vice President is responsible for monitoring the Reporting & Storytelling faculty member’s progress and performance and will conduct annual performance reviews.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: While not a formal supervisory role, works closely with Teaching & Event Services staff.
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS
INTERNAL: Frequent contact with Vice President, President, Assistant to the President, Teaching & Event Services staff and others. Poynter places an emphasis on collaboration with colleagues. There is occasional contact with members of the Board of Trustees.
EXTERNAL: Regular contact with journalists and members of the public around the country and overseas.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: College degree required. Must be able to organize teaching events, collaborate widely, speak publicly and teach. Recent experience reporting in service of community and democracy. Understanding of the writing process, ability to coach writers and editors of all levels.
Other requirements include:
- Seven years in journalism as a reporter or editor
- Body of distinguished work
- Record of enthusiasm for sharing the craft
- Passion for writing about current knowledge of writing
- Ability to parse writing practices on all platforms
- Ability to travel frequently, including international travel
- Actively engaged with social media
- Strong public speaking skills, or the potential to develop them
- Committed to diversity
- Ability to move to Tampa Bay
PROBLEM SOLVING/DECISION MAKING: This job requires a high degree of creativity, problem-solving, planning and execution of projects and programs, as well as the ability to actually do the things the Reporting & Storytelling faculty member will be teaching others to do. He/she must be able to balance multiple projects, work independently and collaboratively. He/she will have wide latitude for making decisions about his/her own work.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Position requires sitting or standing for extended periods while at the computer and answering and placing telephone calls. Requires moving throughout the building, outside business offices and public transportation (i.e. airports, taxi cabs) for teaching off-site. Routine interruptions and unforeseen assignments are to be expected.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Duties are performed in a non-smoking office environment. Domestic and international travel is required in order to fulfill position responsibilities (i.e. teach a custom program off-site, attend conferences, etc.).
No phone calls, please.
Position is in St. Petersburg, FL.
Annual Salary Range: $90k-$105k plus relocation benefit of up to $10k
Send cover letter and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to apply: April 6, 2018
Start date for this position is June 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.
Location/Region: St. Petersburg