Working under the direction of the Senior Director for News and the Cornell Chronicle's editorial leadership team, staff writers in News report, write and edit articles that highlight Cornell University's missions of teaching, research and public engagement for internal and external audiences. Using news judgment, writers evaluate story ideas, write and edit news articles, features, profiles and other types of content in AP style for the Cornell Chronicle, the university's newspaper of record; the semiannual Ezra magazine and monthly Ezra Update, produced in concert with Alumni Affairs and Development; and the Essentials blog.
Staff writers are assigned specific topic areas in which to specialize, and are expected to develop and maintain internal partnerships with key college, school and special-unit communicators to ensure broad awareness of research and institutional activity in these areas. Types of stories include published and ongoing research; outreach and engagement programs; student experience; and faculty honors. Beat may also focus on specific disciplines, and include coverage of centers and institutes associated with any or all of these disciplines.
Staff writers must have excellent interviewing skills, be able to translate research for the lay audience, and juggle multiple priorities while under tight deadlines. Writers works closely with partners in Media Relations to evaluate stories for their potential external media impact, and regularly work with colleagues in Brand Communications and Strategic Communications, as well as college, school and special-unit communicators, to deliver cohesive messaging to external and internal audiences.
At the direction of the Senior Director or the editorial leadership team, all staff writers may be assigned administrative, staff or other stories that are outside their specified beat. Staff writers also regularly provide first editing, senior editing and copy editing of stories generated by college and freelance writers and student interns.
Bachelor's degree and at least five to seven years of experience in journalism or communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Demonstrated excellence in writing. Excellent written and verbal skills, ability to work with a diverse population, and ability to meet deadlines required. Must be able to handle multiple tasks and priorities. Excellent editing skills. Experience with MS Office a must. Proficiency in digital communications and related software. Excellent interpersonal skills. Initiative to develop effective contacts within assigned areas. Experience with AP Style. May work with sensitive or timely information, confidential discretion is required.
Experience in digital and new media, including social media, video production and photojournalism.
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