Open Rank Instructor of Journalism & Director of CU News Corps

Job description

The Department of Journalism in the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a Director of CU News Corps, an explanatory and investigative news project that serves both as a capstone course for undergraduates and as part of a final series of courses for graduate students. This is a non-tenure track faculty position starting in August 2018 with an initial contract period of three years.

CU News Corps, which is funded through a $2.5 million endowment, provides a multimedia newsroom experience, with students working individually and in teams on a semester-long or year-long reporting project that typically focuses on issues relevant to those living in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. The students produce work in partnership with regional media organizations - print, broadcast and online - with the goal of publishing the work that comes out of the course. Already, CU News Corps has produced work that has been published in a range of media outlets, including Politifact, the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain PBS. This year students are partnering with Colorado Public Television to deliver a one-hour prime-time program on the impact of drugs in Colorado, and it continues to work with Denver Post, Public News Service, the Colorado Independent and the Daily Camera among others to disseminate its news and feature stories.

The Director will be the primary coordinator and instructor for the Journalism Department's News Corps capstone course - a convergent newsroom that will enroll approximately 60 to 70 students per semester, making News Corps one of the largest newsrooms in Colorado. S/he will collaborate with a team of faculty members to develop and teach the course each semester. The Director will oversee the planning, programming and production of the content in the course.

The Director also will work as a coach and mentor for the undergraduate and graduate students in the course, supervising their work and encouraging independent planning and self-direction. The Director will guide students in their work to ensure that they create high-quality journalism that is publishable in a variety of media platforms, and may sometimes work in the role of an editor and producer to help prepare the story for publication.

The Director will cultivate additional relationships with media partners to identify publication venues for the work coming out of News Corps and other advanced courses, and with campus, regional and national media.

About CMCI, the University and Boulder

The College of Media Communication and Information, established in 2015, is the first new college on the CU-Boulder campus in 53 years. CMCI is designed for collaborations among faculty and students in the departments of Journalism; Information Science; Media Studies; Communication; Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design; and related fields. The Journalism program, nationally accredited since 1948, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. In addition to operating CU News Corps, it is home to NewsTeam Boulder (a local student news broadcast), the web-based CU Science Update, the internationally acclaimed Center for Environmental Journalism, Buff Sports Live (a weekly sports broadcast), and numerous other journalism projects. The department offers certificate programs in International Media and Sports Journalism. For more information, visit

Boulder often appears on lists of the best college towns and best places to live in the nation. Recreational activities like hiking and mountain biking abound, thanks to Boulder's location at the base of the Flatirons, its miles of trails through the Open Space and Mountain Park system, and its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park. Outdoor activities continue year round with access to some of the world's best ski resorts. Getting around Boulder is easy, thanks to a well-connected public transportation system that is free for faculty, low traffic, and plenty of bike and pedestrian paths. A lively downtown offers up a five-block pedestrian mall lined with shops and eateries, and Denver, a major media market with a nationally acclaimed food scene, year-round art and culture festivals, and a major international airport, located just 30 miles away, offers easy access to the best of city life.

The University of Colorado Boulder offers a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit



  • Master's degree or equivalent professional experience
  • Seven to 10 years of newsroom experience, particularly in a newsroom management role
  • Experience with long-form, project-based journalism and/or data journalism
  • Experience in a multimedia news organization
  • Teaching experience at the college level or experience working with college students in internships or other professional settings

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities and veterans. We are committed to an inclusive and barrier-free search process. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities in search of accommodations throughout the search process should contact the ADA Coordinator at: [email protected].

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Applications must be submitted electronically at job posting number 12559. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume or vitae, 1-2 samples of or links to professional work, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on February 16, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Salary is negotiable and nationally competitive. Additional questions can be emailed to [email protected]

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 11049 - Journalism

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 5, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Elizabeth Skewes

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00667929





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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