Knight Chair in Digital Editing & Producing/Professional Practice Professor

Columbia, MO
Feb 28, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID 24964
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

Knight Chair in Digital Editing and Producing/Professional Practice Professor or Professor

Build the future, teach the future of news editing

Are you an experienced newsroom professional who is leading the digital transformation and eager to see what's next? Are you ready to launch a new generation of journalists? Then we're interested in you. We are the Missouri School of Journalism, the world's journalism school, and we are currently seeking an outstanding editor to serve as our endowed Knight Chair in Digital Editing and Producing. You'll play a key role in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian, one of the nation's first daily newspapers and part of the famous "Missouri Method" where students learn by doing in a 24/7 digital and print news environment.

Is this the right job for you? The answer is yes if you:

• Recognize great stories and shape content to ensure that it's compelling and informative
• Manage and prioritize the growing list of tasks that editors are involved with, from writing multiple headlines to making sure a text alert is delivered
• Collaborate across workgroup boundaries to get things done
• Emphasize accuracy, fairness and integrity in all aspects of journalism
• Understand the importance of engaging with readers, listeners and viewers
• Value and take responsibility for working with diverse communities.

You don't need to have formal teaching experience, but a passion for editing, as well as for developing the next generation of journalists, is required. This is one of ten endowed chairs at the school of journalism and the only one focused on the art and science of editing, which like many things in journalism is undergoing great change. You'll be part of a skilled and focused faculty and also have opportunities to collaborate with world-renowned agencies that are headquartered at the school, such as Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting and the American Society of News Editors.

This renewable, benefit-eligible, nine-month faculty position carries the academic rank of Professor (tenure track or non-tenure track), and will serve as the Knight Chair in Digital Editing and Producing.


  • At least ten year of journalism experience, with a national reputation and evidence of significant journalistic work in the areas of digital editing and producing
  • Tenured or eligible for tenure
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree

Application Deadline

Deadline for priority review is January 20, 2018.

Other Information

For questions, please contact Mike McKean, Search Committee Chair, at

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

Application Materials

Required application materials are a resume, a cover letter that includes your vision for the Chair, and a list of at least three references. Applications must be made online and will not be considered without all application materials. Review of applications will begin in February 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for the position is fall 2018.


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