Executive Editor and Professor of Practice

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 075528 Job Title Executive Editor and Professor of Practice Location Main Campus Pay Range Commensurate with experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

As determined by the department chair, senior associate dean and dean

Job Type Full-time Rank Professor of Practice Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University seeks a visionary journalist to join our team as an executive editor, a new position in the school’s journalism division. The successful candidate will create and foster industry partnerships with national and local media outlets to elevate and publish the work of Newhouse undergraduate and graduate students with particular focus on those from the journalism programs (Magazine, News and Digital Journalism; Broadcast and Digital Journalism; and Visual Communications).

The editor will work with top-rated professors to showcase talented student journalists, including those in our award-winning, student-run media enterprises: The NewsHouse, Citrus TV, NCC News, Orange Television Network, The Stand and multiple campus magazines. This hire will work to create a cohesive presence across these numerous student-media outlets connected to the school.

The successful candidate possesses substantial professional experience managing partnerships, working with teams and creating content on multiple platforms, including demonstrated experience with multimedia, data visualization and leading digital platforms and tools. Candidates will have robust portfolios demonstrating current skills and significant industry connections. Applicants must demonstrate the potential to bring national visibility to the school through innovative approaches to journalism, industry connectivity, and the advancement and promotion of student work.

Ideal applicants share the Newhouse School’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in journalism and higher education and can articulate how their past experience has equipped them with the ability to contribute to the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and the student experience.


Master’s degree preferred; bachelor’s required. Candidates with substantial professional journalism experience are encouraged to apply.

Job Specific Qualifications Responsibilities

In addition to creating professional partnerships to amplify the work of students, the executive editor will work to create a cohesive presence for the numerous student-media outlets connected to the school.

This professor-of-practice position includes a teaching load appropriate for a university administrator and an expectation of daily interaction with students and their work; therefore, those with teaching or mentoring experience are preferred.

The successful candidate also should expect a variety of service duties, including: academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students, school and university committee service, curriculum development and assessment, and community/industry outreach.


Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a cover letter that addresses how your experience will make you successful in meeting the expectations and needs of this position identified in the job description; résumé or vitae; link to a digital portfolio or top three work examples; and a list of four references (contact name, email, and phone number for each) must be submitted. Review of applications begins February 28, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, contact Melissa Chessher, Department Chair/Search Committee Chair Magazine News & Digital Journalism, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. Phone: 315-443-4038 | Email: mchesshe@syr.edu

About the Newhouse School
Widely regarded as the nation’s leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduates, 180 residential master’s degree students, 200 online master’s degree students and 15 doctoral degree students. They are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. The typical admitted first-year student has a 3.8 GPA .

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to the tools and technologies used by professionals in the field. Features include Dick Clark Studios, a high-tech entertainment production facility that rivals many Hollywood studios; the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, complete with a contemporary news set, a green screen, state-of-the-art lighting systems and cameras; the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends; the Emerging Insights Lab, a state-of-the-art social media command center; and the Collaborative Media Room, home to the student-produced multimedia news site, The NewsHouse.

In January 2020, the S.I. Newhouse Foundation announced a $75 million gift to the Newhouse School, the largest donation to Syracuse University in its 150-year history and one of the largest ever to any communications school.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, visit https://newhouse.syr.edu.

About the Broadcast and Digital Journalism Department

The Broadcast and Digital Journalism Department ( BDJ ) at the Newhouse School is regarded as one of the top training grounds for broadcast journalists.

Newhouse BDJ alumni are employed at all levels of electronic journalism organizations around the world. BDJ alumni help provide students with an employment pipeline into the professional world. The department has a close working relationship with a number of news organizations. For example, Nexstar Broadcasting Group is a partner with our Graduate Capstone experience in Washington, DC. BDJ students produce stories in our nation’s capital tailored for individual Nexstar stations around the country.

BDJ also partners with the New York State Associated Press Association to sponsor a biennial “State of the Field” workshop for media professionals and students. Newhouse BDJ students have done very well in national competitions over the years.

To learn more about the BDJ department, our faculty and our students, visit our websites at http://www.syr.edu andhttp://newhouse.syr.edu.

About the Magazine, News & Digital Journalism Department

The Magazine, News & Digital Journalism Department boasts a long history of accomplishments, innovation and leadership from faculty, students and alumni.

The Princeton Review routinely ranks our independent student newspaper, The Daily Orange, as one of the nation’s top college newspapers, and its reporters routinely earn awards from Hearst, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Collegiate Press. The campus features more than a dozen student-run magazines, and the school publishes a nationally acclaimed digital news magazine, TheNewsHouse.com. Those publications also routinely win the nation’s top honors from AEJMC, SPJ, and ONA .

Alumni work at the nation’s top news outlets and magazines, including The Washington Post, the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and top publications at Condé Nast, Hearst, and Meredith. Their work has earned multiple Pulitzers and many National Magazine Awards. We maintain close ties with our alumni, who assist with benchmark trips, panel discussions, speaker events, and curricular innovation.

We are a member of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s Campus Consortium and routinely support international reporting projects to the Israel, South Africa, Liberia, the Ukraine, and the West Bank. The department includes two endowed chairs — one in data and explanatory journalism and one in journalism innovation.

About the VIS Department:

The Visual Communications Department is regarded as one of the best in the nation. Its 10 full-time faculty/staff members, complemented by a specialized adjunct force, prepare future leaders in visual storytelling industries — primarily video production, motion graphics, photography, graphic design, and immersive storytelling (AR/VR) — by introducing students to principles, theories and strategies of storytelling; practices and systems of production, distribution and exhibition; as well as the economic, political and social impact of their work on the world.

We value a global perspective and experiences, which are exemplified through The Alexia Grants and The Center for Global Engagement, both of which are run by VIS faculty members.

The department is one of the most versatile in the Newhouse School. With slightly over 50 undergraduate video and photography majors, 60 undergraduate design majors, and 18 graduate students, its size helps foster a tight-knit community, yet is large enough to allow for a variety of collaborative projects and workshops — both in Syracuse and around the world. Our program consists of a mix of core requirements and an extensive selection of elective coursework, which empowers students to customize their programs of study. Majors also can study abroad — over 100 programs in 60 countries. VIS students continue to earn national recognition of their creative work through a variety of video, photography and design competitions and film festivals.

Alumni pursue a wide variety of careers that include work as filmmakers, film editors, cinematographers, documentary photographers, visual producers, picture editors, photojournalists, commercial/advertising photographers, designers (motion graphics, UIUX, immersive design, traditional graphic design), and media educators. They are found in numerous leadership positions and often return to campus to share their knowledge.

For close to 50 years, we have also taught an array of skills to advanced photojournalists from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines through the Military Visual Journalism Program.

To learn more about the Visual Communications department, please visit: http://newhouse.syr.edu/academics/visual-communications.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.syracuse.edu.

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


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Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

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Quick Link https://www.sujobopps.com/postings/85630 Job Posting Date 01/25/2021 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 02/28/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants