Center Director, Center for Collaborative Journalism

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Work type: Full-Time Staff
Location: Macon, GA
Categories: Journalism/Media Studies




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Center Director, Center for Collaborative Journalism


Journalism & Media Studies


College of Liberal Arts

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Mercer University seeks an innovative media professional/educator to lead the Center for Collaborative Journalism. The Center is a unique community media collaborative combining Mercer’s liberal arts-based journalism and media studies program with the professional expertise of McClatchy-owned The (Macon) Telegraph, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and 13WMAZ, Macon’s TEGNA-owned CBS affiliate. The director also oversees the University’s low-power television station, WMUB.

Supported by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Peyton Anderson Foundation, the Collaborative seeks to positively influence a city that has remarkable inherent advantages in geography, higher education and culture, but challenges in community engagement, openness, and economic development. This Collaborative combines: (1) the reach of The Telegraph, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and 13WMAZ (2) the journalistic innovation resulting from  working with Mercer’s undergraduate journalism program featuring faculty with strong practical journalism experience who follow a teaching hospital-model curriculum, (3) the energy and ambitions of many student journalists attracted by the career advantages this program offers them, and (4) a mission of steady engagement with the issues and how to resolve them. Graduates of the program carry forward this innovative experience, whether in Macon at the partner media, or wherever they end up working.

Required Qualifications

The Center director, who reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will have a master’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university (Ph.D. is preferred) along with a minimum of 5 years of experience in digital media and media technology, including either (1) meaningful leadership roles that include successful digital media businesses or operations or (2) an operational role in the application of leading-edge media technologies in journalism-related organizations. Other characteristics of the successful candidate include:

  • Social entrepreneur committed to the public good, but who understands how to harness market forces to support and sustain that work
  • Ability to lead an innovative staff, develop collaborative relationships with others inside and outside the University, and administer an organization
  • A commitment to developing responsible journalism that can engage and transform a community
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching
  • Ability to design progressively challenging experiential learning in collaboration with The Telegraph, GPB, 13WMAZ and other faculty
  • Ability to teach three to four classes per academic year in a way that integrates the liberal arts with practical aspects of journalism education
  • A willingness to collaborate with academic disciplines across the university to develop creative solutions to challenges facing journalism
  • Ability and willingness to assist with student recruitment and fund-raising for the Center

This is a professional staff position with rank (to be determined based on credentials of final candidate) and offers a competitive compensation package.

More information on the Center for Collaborative Journalism is available at

Is a criminal background check needed for this position? Yes
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