The School of Journalism at Northeastern University invites applicants to apply for a tenure-track assistant professor position in data journalism and digital storytelling.


We seek applicants with a strong interest in inclusive, dynamic, interdisciplinary programs that straddle the intersection of journalism, data storytelling and visualization, and analytics. The position will offer opportunities to collaborate with leading faculty in adjacent fields such as Information Design & Visualization, computational social science, digital humanities, and network science in order to grow opportunities for student learning, practice and employment; to foster a diverse and powerful intellectual environment; and to produce distinctive research.

The ideal candidate will have both a passion for creating visual journalism and for studying the uses and impacts of data in media industries. The candidate should have a strong grasp of the requisite digital and data-related tools and competences that are needed to produce innovative work.

This position reflects our school’s commitment to growing its curricular offerings in the digital and quantitative domains. It also reflects a commitment to building and growing the recently launched Data Impact Co-Lab, a joint effort at the College of Arts, Media & Design (CAMD), where a number of interdisciplinary efforts are underway that explore knowledge and techniques in digital and data storytelling. The position would bolster capacity not only among undergraduate programs in the School of Journalism but among the graduate programs in Media Advocacy and Media Innovation.

Our School’s growing course offerings in investigative reporting, digital storytelling, and data journalism aim to train the next generation of journalists and communications leaders to tell stories more effectively, create new and innovative story forms that can both hold power to account and foster an informed public, and increase common ground and encourage fact-based debate. The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses and help shape the curriculum around digital and data journalism.

We seek candidates with a graduate degree and a distinguished professional record as well as a promising record of, or substantial progress toward, a robust and interdisciplinary research profile that complements and enhances the tenure-track faculty at this Research 1 university. We seek candidates who can work across disciplines and are interested in joining a vibrant urban campus in one of the world’s premier academic and media hubs. The individual filling this position should be open to creating and leading interdisciplinary courses.

Northeastern’s commitment to experiential learning gives students opportunities to apply their classroom learning in industry and then use what they learn during their placements to deepen and enrich their classroom experience. Synergy with the Media Innovation and Media Advocacy graduate programs opens up opportunities for extended learning, research and partnerships with industry, media newsrooms and non-profits.

The School of Journalism is located in Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) which has a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art + Design, Communication Studies, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre. See: CAMD is also home to the recently launched Center for Design, Northeastern’s center of gravity for all design faculties to foster interdisciplinary design research initiatives, and to attract internal and external actors across industry, institutions, and agencies to observe and understand design in action.


Successful candidates will have a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in media, communication, data science/visualization, or related fields by the start date of August 2020 and a distinguished record of professional experience and a research and publication profile that marks them as an innovator and pacesetter. Persons with more advanced standing in their field are also encouraged to apply.

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