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Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism

The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism seeks a distinguished journalist to become the third Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism, at the tenured, full-professor level, to fill the position previously held by the late Haynes Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, and journalist Hodding Carter III, who served as the first Knight Chair..

The new Knight Chair will have a background in reporting on national security and cybersecurity issues related to transparency, privacy and the First Amendment, as they affect both domestic and global affairs. The college is particularly interested in journalists with expertise in  investigative reporting and data-driven journalism, as well as experience in multi-platform digital media.

We believe the Knight Chair will be a signature player in helping the profession and journalism education define the future of national security journalism. As the field moves beyond traditional event journalism, the Knight Chair can play a role in establishing more systemic and analytical coverage of national security policy, decision-making and decision makers. The Knight Chair can lead the profession and journalism students in detailed and interactive examinations of the roles of all three branches of government, including contractor activity and off-the-books projects, and in penetrating investigations of the multinational corporate and technology sectors.

Based at a Big 10 research university located inside the Washington Beltway, the Knight Chair will be strategically well placed to lead journalists who report as well as scholars who teach about the empirical frontiers of big data — and about the political and ethical tensions between privacy and the perceived threats to security at those new frontiers.

Primary Responsibilities:
The Knight Chair will be expected to build on the reputation and the initiatives of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The successful candidate will teach courses for undergraduate and graduate students in his/her areas of expertise, commit to service for the college and university, and play a leading role in national security reporting and education for the college, the region and profession.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic adviser and mentor, working with undergraduate and graduate students at Merrill College, preparing them for leading roles in public affairs journalism, especially on issues related to national security, terrorism and civil liberties in today’s digital media environment.

The new Knight Chair will be expected to continue an active engagement with the journalism profession. The chair will also be expected to be collegial, entrepreneurial, and eager to collaborate with other units at the university and with organizations in the Washington, D.C., region.

Minimum Qualifications:
Distinguished contributions in public affairs journalism and demonstrable potential to additionally make distinguished contributions in journalism education, research and teaching related to national and/or cyber security issues.

Cover Letter: The cover letter should address why a career as Knight Chair of Public Affairs Reporting devoted to national and global security issues appeals to you, and how teaching at Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the graduate and undergraduate level would enhance your own work in this field. Please also share with us ideas you might have for building a national security journalism program at Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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