As part of its USC Annenberg Leadership Initiative, the Annenberg School of Journalism is seeking digital media professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise for a yearlong fellowship. Fellows will have the opportunity to explore their journalism passions while building newsroom management skills. This is a fixed-term, 12-month appointment starting August 1 working in Annenberg’s state-of-the-art Julie Chen-Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center, where students produce content across all platforms. Fellows are expected to work on-site in a full-time Monday-Friday schedule.
The ideal candidates are early- or mid-career journalists who are self-starters and can work independently. Fellows will work closely with faculty to manage a complex media operation and will work hands-on with students to apply solid reporting, writing and storytelling techniques in the creation of content for http://www.uscannenbergmedia.com/, social media, television and radio. Fellows have the opportunity to explore many storytelling formats, including digital video, podcasts, live newscasts, newsmagazine shows, multimedia projects, data visualizations, native social media stories and more.
USC Annenberg Media’s mission is to give students practical experience in a real-world newsroom. It is also committed to exposing students to emerging technologies and practices, as well as pioneering ways to find and reach audiences, especially those who are underserved. As such, we are looking for candidates who will draw on their diverse backgrounds and experience to further these goals. The fellows will also contribute to the organization and workflow of the operation.
If selected, you will:
- Guide and help supervise the production of high-impact journalism
- Work alongside our professional practice faculty of highly experienced, award-winning journalists
- Create strategies for engaging with diverse audiences and fostering diverse voices within the newsroom
- Monitor industry trends and innovations and work with student editors to incorporate these in developing best practices in reporting and producing content
- Help foster diversity and inclusion in coverage and in the newsroom
- Have the opportunity to audit Annenberg classes
- Contribute to overall administrative and operational tasks
The fellowship is designed to provide you with experience in a large and complex digital media organization in order to provide the profession with journalistically and technologically skilled leaders with diverse backgrounds and experience. You will gain a strong foundation in managing a digital newsroom, and further develop your own unique voice as a journalist. It is not designed as an entryway into an academic career.
If chosen, each fellow will be designated to fill a specific role within Annenberg Media. The roles could include:
- Managing community desks and developing community reporting projects for Annenberg Media that engage multiple audiences within USC and in underserved neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
- Overseeing the Annenberg Media website (http://www.uscannenbergmedia.com), including homepage editing and working with students on web stories.
- Managing multi-platform daily news coverage, which would include an emphasis on workflow and communication.
- Early career-professional, 5-10 years of journalism experience
- Past leadership experience, ideally in a digital role
- Homepage editing and web production, video, audio or social media skills
- Expertise covering communities across wide-ranging cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds
- Background in dynamic, visual storytelling and excellent writing, researching and reporting skills.
- Passion for teaching and mentoring
USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.
REQ20055817 Posted Date: 02/02/2018
Location/Region: Los Angeles, CA (US)