Community News Editor, Columbia Missourian, and Assistant Professional Practice Professor, Univ...

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Job Title: Community News Editor, Columbia Missourian, and Assistant Professional Practice Professor, University of Missouri School of Journalism
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 36150
Job Description The University of Missouri School of Journalism and the Columbia Missourian are looking for a dynamic individual with expertise, vision and energy to serve as a community news editor of digital and print editions of the community newspaper. This is a full-time, benefit-eligible, renewable, 12-month faculty appointment. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2021.

This position involves guiding story development, overseeing daily, and editing student journalist reporting in a rapidly changing organization. The successful candidate must be able to lead change and collaborate with faculty, staff and students across newsrooms and platforms throughout the Missouri School of Journalism. Our news outlets serve Mid-Missouri and share content from our large statehouse operation with journalism outlets across the state. In addition to the Columbia Missourian, our media holdings include a city magazine (Vox), a commercial NBC affiliated television station (KOMU-TV), and NPR member station (KBIA-FM) and a digital statewide business publication (Missouri Business Alert).

For more than 100 years journalism students have obtained hands-on experience at the Missourian utilizing the Missouri Method. This learning-by-doing experience in community newsrooms continues to be the gold standard for training journalists.

In addition to overseeing coverage and serving as a lab instructor in reporting classes, community news editors teach journalism classes in the Journalism School.

The right candidate will have writing, editing and supervisory skills, teaching or training experience and an enthusiasm for working with aspiring journalists.

The community news editor will:

    Serve as an originating editor at the Columbia Missourian, assigning and directing reportersOversee news coverage and products produced by assigned studentsManage a staff of several dozen student reporters, plus graduate and undergraduate student workersPlan and supervise necessary travelTeach a journalism class each semesterWork with community members and leaders to build relationships and ensure inclusive coverage.Hold a faculty appointment at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.Coordinate with photo, graphics, news and community editors in covering the community.Work with the news director, community editors and students at other Missouri School of Journalism news platforms to create quality converged coverage.
  • Other duties as assigned
This position will require some nights and weekends, and work hours will vary depending on news coverage and production needs, which will be determined in consultation with the Executive Editor.

Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:

    At least 5 years of experience in writing, editing and managing staff in a digital journalism environment.A bachelor’s degree.

The committee is also interested in candidates who bring:

    The ethical judgment and skill to teach young journalists how to make tough calls on their feet.A proven track record of producing quality news coverage.Strong interpersonal and collaborative problem-solving skills.A deep, applied understanding of how to use visual and audio journalism, digital video, and social media to enhance journalistic storytelling.The ability to juggle a vibrant daily newsroom’s many needs with ambitious, long-term projects.A track record as a collegial collaborator in a newsroom without silos.
Application Materials

Apply online by uploading (a) a letter of application that describes your interest in teaching and editing students and about your commitment to and experience with amplifying voices in traditionally marginalized communities; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) the names and contact information for three references, and (d) a one page diversity statement that specifically addresses how you would engage with a diverse student population with regards to teaching, research, mentoring, and advising.

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

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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. 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.


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Posted: 4/2/2021
Application Due: 7/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time