West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media seeks applicants for a Full-time Professional-in-Residence for a position beginning July 2020

West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media is seeking an experienced and energetic candidate with a passion for watchdog journalism to reinvigorate our investigative reporting work, both in the classroom and in practice.

As the Shott Chair Professional-in-Residence, this full-time faculty position will help develop and teach new curriculum in digital investigative journalism, training students in traditional and emerging investigative methods while producing high-quality projects for potential distribution in both print and digital outlets. These outlets will include collaborative work with 100 Days in Appalachia, incubated at the Reed College of Media’s Media Innovation Center, working closely with professional reporters and editorial partners to conduct investigations that involve underreported and systemic issues in Appalachia that have impact regionally and at the national level.

This innovative curriculum will engage interdisciplinary experts at WVU, including computer science, forensics and other relevant disciplines, to expose students to new and evolving techniques for investigative reporting, digital forensics, fact checking and data verification, and tracking dis/misinformation.

We’re seeking candidates who set rigorous standards, are passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of investigative journalists and have a proven track record of aggressive reporting rooted in data and accountability, and who can help build an innovative laboratory environment conducting new experiments in investigative journalism.

We are seeking diverse candidates with relevant professional and/or academic experience who excel in one or several of the following:

  • Experience reporting across various media, such as multimedia, digital packages, data journalism, data visualization, and long-form writing
  • An understanding of and current experience in the emerging challenges and techniques in investigative reporting
  • A background in innovative investigative projects with a focus on accountability for underserved communities
  • Evidence of successful teaching, mentoring and managing in professional or academic settingsThe WVU Reed College of Media is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people, women and people with disabilities.

REQUIREMENTS
This position requires a master’s degree in Journalism, Media Studies, Communications, or a related relevant field, and significant industry experience in one or more of the areas listed above. Collegiate level teaching and experience in curriculum development are strongly preferred.

APPLICATIONS
Qualified applicants should submit an application, resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references. Review of application materials will begin December 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Application link: https://wvu.taleo.net/careersection/faculty/jobdetail.ftl?job=13363&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York?

Questions should be addressed to Dana Coester at dana.coester@mail.wvu.edu; 304-293-6584.

The WVU Reed College of Media is an ACEJMC-accredited program with more than 1,200 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The university has approximately 30,000 students and is located in Morgantown, WV, about 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA, and a three-hour drive to Washington, DC.

Our program exhibits a spirit of invention, risk-taking and resourcefulness, and we celebrate our rural landscape as a metaphor for agility and resiliency. We are recognized for our willingness to challenge traditional practice, and we have grown an innovative program rooted in collaborations across academic, industry and community boundaries.

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; applicants of diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.