The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University seeks applicants for the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, an endowed chair in Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.
We seek a person who will help in the development of a growing field, computational journalism, with a possible emphasis on mobile media. Advances in data availability, technology, and algorithms offer the prospect that journalism’s watchdog function may be enhanced by tools that lower the costs of discovering stories.
The increasing consumption of news via mobile platforms, growth of geo-coded data, and generation of big data sets offer media operations new ways to generate and distribute public affairs stories. The Knight Professor at Duke will help translate advances in data, algorithms, and delivery methods into tools and platforms that help communities discover and share information that holds institutions accountable.
Candidates for the chair should have experience working at the intersection of technology and information generation, particularly in the area of accountability and public affairs reporting. They may be working in computer-assisted reporting, developing mobile information delivery platforms, generating algorithms to sift through publicly available data for clues to the performance of government, or leading news organizations that are taking on these challenges. Ideal candidates could include reporters, editors, or high-level managers involved in innovations in digital news ventures, or leaders in information companies with a track record of advancing communication via multiple platforms and a fundamental belief in the watchdog role of journalism.
Candidates should be strongly committed to advancing the development of computational journalism as a field through innovative research and the development and review of new digital tools.
The Knight Professor will teach courses in journalism and public policy in our undergraduate public policy major and certificate program in policy journalism and media studies. The Knight Professor will play a key role in the teaching, research and policy engagement activities of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.
Candidates for this position should submit a letter of application and CV to Professor James T. Hamilton, Knight Search Committee Chair, via the following website: facsearch.sanford.duke.edu.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by December 14, 2012 will be guaranteed full consideration.
Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.