West Virginia University's Reed College of Media seeks applicants for a Full-time Professional-in-Residence for a position beginning July 2020
West Virginia University's Reed College of Media is seeking an experienced and energetic candidate with a passion for watchdog journalism to reinvigorate our investigative reporting work, both in the classroom and in practice.
As the Shott Chair Professional-in-Residence, this full-time faculty position will help develop and teach new curriculum in digital investigative journalism, training students in traditional and emerging investigative methods while producing high-quality projects for potential distribution in both print and digital outlets. These outlets will include collaborative work with 100 Days in Appalachia , incubated at the Reed College of Media's Media Innovation Center, working closely with professional reporters and editorial partners to conduct investigations that involve underreported and systemic issues in Appalachia that have impact regionally and at the national level.
This innovative curriculum will engage interdisciplinary experts at WVU, including computer science, forensics and other relevant disciplines, to expose students to new and evolving techniques for investigative reporting, digital forensics, fact checking and data verification, and tracking dis/misinformation.
We're seeking candidates who set rigorous standards, are passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of investigative journalists and have a proven track record of aggressive reporting rooted in data and accountability, and who can help build an innovative laboratory environment conducting new experiments in investigative journalism.
We are seeking diverse candidates with relevant professional and/or academic experience who excel in one or several of the following:
Experience reporting across various media, such as multimedia, digital packages, data journalism, data visualization, and long-form writing
An understanding of and current experience in the emerging challenges and techniques in investigative reporting
A background in innovative investigative projects with a focus on accountability for underserved communities
Evidence of successful teaching, mentoring and managing in professional or academic settings
The WVU Reed College of Media is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people, women and people with disabilities.
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship, offers high quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America, with divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery. WVU is a Research University (Highest Research Activity) and ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation, including a top 15 ranking in most affordable tuition for out-of-state students. WVU offers 184 degrees throughout the 15 colleges and schools within the university. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy, and forensics. There are more than 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide who are pioneering, passionate, innovative, tireless and caring.