Journalist in Residence/Assistant Professor of Practice

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Work type: Full-time Faculty
Location: Macon, GA
Categories: Journalism/Media Studies

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Journalist in Residence/Assistant Professor of Practice


Journalism and Media Studies


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Macon, GA

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The Center for Collaborative Journalism in partnership with the Department of Journalism & Media Studies invites applications for a non-tenure track position as a Journalist in Residence (JIR)/Assistant Professor of Practice. The CCJ is interested in a professional journalist with experience in data journalism. This position will start in August 2021.

This is a year-round position in which the candidate will lead core investigative, data and engagement reporting classes for students who learn to produce content for print, online, radio and broadcast news outlets. The candidate also will remain active in a professional journalism capacity by contributing work to CCJ’s partner newsrooms and community engagement efforts. The candidate will assist with CCJ’s ongoing efforts to recruit a diverse group of students into the program.


At least five years in a professional newsroom is required. Full-time experience with data journalism within the past two years and experience in multimedia packages and Adobe Creative Cloud tools is strongly preferred. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in journalism or a related field is required. A master's degree is strongly preferred. Candidates should have experience using technology with a preference for experience that includes computer-assisted reporting, DSLRs, audio equipment and mobile video. Candidates should have strong storytelling skills as well as excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

The Center is a unique community media collaborative combining Mercer’s liberal arts-based journalism and media studies program with the professional expertise of local media partners that include The Telegraph, Georgia Public Broadcasting and 13WMAZ. The Center also manages Mercer’s low-watt, non-commercial station, WMUB. Students study journalism and media studies but work with the partner organizations to hone their skills and build their portfolios all four years of their college experience.

Mercer University is a private university distinguished by its commitment to empowering and inspiring its students to use their learning to create, discover, and serve. The university offers rigorous programs to more than 8,700 students enrolled in schools of liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, business, law, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, health professions, education, theology, and professional advancement. The highly selective, residential, undergraduate-only College of Liberal Arts and Sciences enrolls over 1,900 students. Among the incoming freshmen in 2020,  27% are 1st generation college students, 37% are Pell-eligible, and 49% are Black/African American, Asian, or Hispanic/Latino. The College, which hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, is dedicated to cultivating intellectual curiosity, respectful dialogue and responsible citizenry. It is located in the historic city of Macon, Georgia, which is the educational, medical, cultural and commercial hub of Middle Georgia, an hour and a half south of Atlanta.

Background Check

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Required Documents

CV, Cover Letter, References, Other - Statement on Encouraging Diversity

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should visit the website, to complete a brief online application, and submit the following materials using the online portal: (1) cover letter that addresses experience with data journalism and multimedia reporting; (2) current curriculum vitae; (3) contact information for three references; and (4) a short statement on how you would approach teaching and encouraging a diverse body of students in today’s media climate.

EEO Statement


Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

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