Civic Journalism Fellow

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

Position Title

Civic Journalism Fellow

Department

Journalism and Media Studies

Division

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Vacancy Number

22-134

Work Location

Macon, GA

Job Type

Full-time

Job Category

Staff

Responsibilities

The Center for Collaborative Journalism is seeking a journalist for a civic journalism fellowship. The applicant will be responsible for enterprise and investigative reporting with a specific focus on education, health and public safety as well as news literacy outreach. The position will report on local government agencies and create content for CCJ, its media partners and other community organizations. This position also involves relaunching and managing a civic engagement program focused on educating citizens in basic news literacy, journalistic ethics and information gathering.

The Center is a unique community media collaborative combining Mercer’s liberal arts-based journalism and media studies program with the professional expertise of The Telegraph, Georgia’s third-largest daily newspaper, Georgia Public Broadcasting, the third-largest public broadcaster in the country based on population reach, and 13WMAZ, the most-watched television station in central Georgia. The Center also manages Mercer’s low-power, non-commercial TV station WMUB.

Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs to more than 8,600 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges.  The academic cornerstone of the university, the College of Liberal Arts, is a highly selective, residential institution enrolling over 1,800 students.  Recognized with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University is located in historic Macon, Georgia, which is about an hour south of Atlanta. 

Required Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in journalism or related media communications field from an accredited college/university and at least five years of reporting experience in a professional newsroom are required. Experience in multimedia storytelling and working with students is strongly preferred. Candidates should have experience using technology  -- including computer-assisted reporting, DSLRS, audio equipment, mobile video, and other multimedia storytelling tools. Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud tools is also preferred. Candidates should have strong storytelling skills as well as excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

Is a criminal background check needed for this position?

Yes

Externally Funded

This position is contingent on external funding and the length of employment in this position is dependent on continuation of these funds.

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Pay Basis

Monthly

FLSA Status

Exempt

Required Documents

Resume, Cover Letter, References, Portfolio of Relevant Work (Other)

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should complete a brief online application, and submit the following materials using the online portal: (1) cover letter (2) resume (3) contact information for three references, and (4) portfolio of relevant work (include in Other documents).

Applicants should be prepared to answer the following questions:

1. Do you have a bachelor's degree?

EEO Statement

AA/EEO/Veteran/Disability

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

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