Knight Professor of Practice in TV News Innovation, Arizona State University - AZ

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona
Depends on experience
13 Apr 2018
30 Apr 2018
Job Type
Full Time

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, a national leader in journalism education, seeks to hire a Knight Professor of Practice in TV News Innovation to support a new initiative designed to advance digital and broadcast innovation in local television news.

With major grant support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Cronkite School will serve as a testbed for experimentation and innovation TV news through Cronkite News, the faculty led, student-produced news division of Arizona PBS.

The full-time faculty member will work with Cronkite News students and faculty, and commercial television stations from across the country, to test and measure TV news experiments that promote informed and engaged communities.

Additionally, the professor of practice will participate in the implementation of a pilot change management strategy program designed specifically for local TV news leaders.

Working in close consort with Cronkite News and school leadership, the Knight Professor of Practice in TV News Innovation’s duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Proactively developing collaborative relationships with industry partners seeking an innovation testbed platform to experiment with areas including but not limited to storytelling, presentation, mobile delivery, data, social and interactive tools, and over-the-top content. 
  • Proactively driving experimentation by Cronkite News students in areas including but not limited to storytelling, presentation, mobile delivery, data, social and interactive tools, and over-the-top content.
  • Coordinating and ensuring the regular inclusion of innovative experiments within Cronkite News.
  • Co-creation and implementation of measuring systems, including data collection, surveys, interviews, and other methods to determine the impact of local TV news experiments.
  • Development of a broad, multimedia communications plan and information dissemination strategy for the purpose of sharing lessons learned through innovation in local TV news.
  • Participate in the design and pilot implementation of an intensive year-long change-driven program for local TV news industry leaders; serve as the Cronkite School point of contact for all components of the “Table Stakes” program, including but not limited to design development, recruitment of participants, confirmation of facilitators and coaches, logistics and training. Participating in the “Table Stakes” pilot cohort as part of the Cronkite News / Arizona PBS delegation; become trained as a program coach in order to serve in that capacity starting with the second cohort.
  • Preparing reports for funders detailing grant deliverables, including strong data visualization elements.


The Cronkite School, located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus, in the nation’s 11th largest media market, is a global leader in professional and innovative digital news media education.

The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education in which students create professional content under the guidance of top professionals in Cronkite News at Arizona PBS, a daily news operation that serves as an immersive and innovative learning laboratory for students and provides Arizonans with daily news coverage of critical issues on broadcast and digital platforms.

The Cronkite School emphasizes curricula and programs that experiment with new forms of storytelling, audience engagement, digital interactivity, data visualization, audience analytics and revenue models.

This is an annual appointment and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.

Application deadline: April 30, 2018, or if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

Application procedure:

Materials must include:

  1. a current resume;
  2. a letter outlining employment history, educational philosophy, scholarly research or creative interests and a description of how the applicant’s experiences will benefit the Cronkite School;
  3. names, positions and telephone numbers of three academic or professional references.

Qualifications Required:

  • Senior-level leadership experience in a TV news organization; record of accomplishments and thought leadership related to the future of news; bachelor’s degree.

Submit materials via email, Attn: Mark Lodato, Associate Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, by completing the application form below.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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