Professor of Practice in Digital Sports Journalism
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking a professor of practice to lead a student team of reporters that conceptualizes and produces digital sports journalism content in the daily news environment of the Phoenix Bureau of Cronkite News on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.
This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, 12-month appointment in the Phoenix Sports Bureau of Cronkite News on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus. This is not a tenure-track appointment.
Duties & Responsibilities
• Leading, editing, teaching, and mentoring a team of upper-level undergraduate and graduate sports journalism students in a full-time, daily news environment (typical hours are approximately 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday)
• Coaching students through the development and reporting of sports stories -- especially emphasizing enterprise reporting techniques
• Editing written student work on deadline for national distribution through a network of publishing partners
• Teaching students to engage audiences through multimedia and social media content creation
• Working collaboratively with other professional program directors and media partners to plan, manage and produce innovative and professional news and information content across platforms
• Fostering a culture of innovation by harnessing fresh ideas and experimenting with new tools, technologies and techniques that enhance digital and social media storytelling
• Performing other faculty responsibilities, such as committee assignments and assisting in student recruitment, as assigned
• This position does not include teaching traditional classes. Leading student reporters in the bureau is the full-time teaching assignment
• At least five years professional sports journalism experience in a major-market or national media organization, or equivalent experience
• Demonstrated excellence in developing and producing deeply reported digital enterprise sports journalism
• Ability to edit according to AP Style
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in both professional practices and as contributor to an inclusive working and learning environment ● Bachelor’s degree
• Experience producing and editing text stories for national audiences
• Experience leading and managing a team of journalists
• A successful track record of teaching or mentoring beginning journalists
• Demonstrated success in developing and executing social media strategy to grow and engage audiences
• Strong knowledge of local, regional and national sports teams and issues
• Ability to create and edit audio, photo and video storytelling
• Ability to edit content in Spanish
• Master’s degree
About the Cronkite School
The Cronkite School is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier journalism programs. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake—accuracy, responsibility, integrity—the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics among students as they master the professional skills they need to succeed in the digital media world of today and tomorrow.
Located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus in the heart of the nation’s fifth-largest city, the School has 70 full-time faculty members and more than 100 full-time professional staff and annual resources of more than $40 million. The Cronkite faculty is made up of award-winning professional journalists, strategic communications specialists and world-class media scholars. Cronkite professors include five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, digital media thought leaders, top TV producers and correspondents, major metropolitan newspaper editors and strategic communications experts.
Cronkite offers bachelor’s degrees in journalism and mass communication, sports journalism, digital audiences, mass communication and media studies, and digital media literacy. The School offers master’s degrees in mass communication, sports journalism, investigative journalism and digital audience strategy as well as a PhD program in journalism and mass communication.
Nearly 2,500 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students are enrolled at Cronkite, preparing for careers in journalism, strategic media and related communications fields. Of the undergraduate residential student population, more than 60 percent come from out-of-state and more than 37 percent are students of color. The retention rate consistently exceeds 90 percent, and Cronkite students regularly lead the country in national journalism competitions.
The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education, for which it has received international acclaim. Cronkite offers 13 full-immersion capstone programs in which students work in intensive, real-world settings under the guidance of top-flight professionals and in collaboration with research faculty. This position is based in one of them: the Cronkite News Phoenix Sports Bureau. The programs enable students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom, producing news, information and community engagement on critical issues for the state, region and nation.
About the Cronkite News Phoenix Sports Bureau
The Phoenix Sports Bureau of Cronkite News is a multi-platform daily newsroom covering all five major sports leagues, two Pac-12 universities, two college bowl games, PGA and LPGA tournaments, NASCAR and other national sporting events (e.g. Super
Bowl, NCAA men’s basketball Final Four) and spring training for half of the teams in Major League Baseball. The Sports Bureau is directed by award-winning sportswriter and professor of practice Paola Boivin.
Students pursuing sports journalism degrees produce content distributed by major metropolitan media organizations and national news outlets, including Baseball
America, MLB.com, Pac-12 Networks, The Arizona Republic, the Denver Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and others. Students also have reported on the Super Bowl for Sports Illustrated and NFL.com and the Olympics for TeamUSA.org. Students leave the bureau with strong professional work samples and are fully prepared to enter today’s competitive sports journalism field in careers such as sports reporting and broadcasting, sports photography and videography.
About Arizona State University
ASU is one of the largest and most innovative public research universities in the country, undertaking a bold reinvention of higher education as a New American University. With four campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area, it serves more than 127,000 students on campus and online. For the past six years, it has been ranked No. 1 for innovation by U.S. News & World Report.
In the last decade, ASU has developed numerous new programs and units that bridge disciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge, while developing practical solutions to serve Arizona and the world at large. The university has strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, excellence, and impact, and assumes significant responsibility for the cultural, social and economic vitality of its surrounding communities.
Application materials must include:
1. A cover letter stating qualifications
2. Curriculum vitae or resume
3. A link to work samples, with a written explanation of the role the applicant played in the creation and execution of each work sample
4. Contact information (name, address, email, telephone number) for three professional references
5. A diversity statement that addresses their experience and commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion over the course of their careers and outlines how they would advance DEI goals at the Cronkite School. The statement should be no longer than 500 words
Applicants must apply online at: https://apptrkr.com/2690251
The applicant’s name should appear in each uploaded file name. Cover letters may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Senior Associate Dean Rebecca Blatt. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline is January 7, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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