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Assistant Professor - Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 1, 2023
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Assistant Professor - Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
$75,000 - $95,000

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As determined by department chair and associate dean

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Syracuse, NY

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Not Applicable

Job Description

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications seeks
a tenure-track professor to teach in one of the preeminent Broadcast and Digital Journalism programs in the country.
This position will support the Newhouse School’s goal of producing highly-skilled and ethical journalists who can work across multiple platforms in different roles for both traditional and innovative news organizations.
Teaching students how to report on diverse communities is a priority of the Newhouse School. We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate experience with multiplatform news production including television, digital, and social media.
We are looking for candidates with an enthusiasm and aptitude for teaching, whether through prior teaching experience or similar professional roles mentoring/supervising young journalists. They will also demonstrate their potential to bring national visibility to the school through academic scholarship and/or creative activity.

  • A master’s degree is required. A PhD is preferred.
  • Previous teaching experience is desirable.
  • Successful candidates will show a commitment to mentorship or development of young journalists.
Job Specific Qualifications


  • Primary teaching responsibilities include courses required of all Broadcast and Digital Journalism majors, such as: cross-media news writing, audio storytelling, and digital and TV reporting. The ability to teach data journalism and visualization is a plus.
  • The person in this role will also have the opportunity to teach and/or develop elective courses based on their expertise/background.
  • Tenure-track professors are expected to pursue activities that will position them as a well-known expert in their field. The Newhouse School offers a variety of financial support that allows professors to pursue their scholarly endeavors.
  • In addition to an academic year teaching load and pursuing a research/creative agenda that brings national visibility to the School, this faculty member will also engage in a variety of service duties, including academic and career advising of undergraduate students, school and university committee service, departmental curriculum development and assessment, and community/industry outreach.
Physical Requirements

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Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration:
1) Curriculum Vitae/Resume
2) Cover Letter, expressing interest and fit for the position
3) One philosophy statement that addresses each of these three areas:
a. Teaching – The Newhouse School prides itself on the high quality of education it provides and its ability to get students job-ready Day One. Please describe your teaching interests and philosophy of how students best learn.
b. Diversity and Inclusion – Please describe how your past experience has prepared you to contribute to the School’s and the University’s strategic commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher education.
c. Research/Creative Activity - The Newhouse School values both scholarly research and creative activity. Scholarship can include peer-reviewed journal articles, grant procurement, conference presentations and book development. Creative activity can include, as examples, industry trade or consumer media/news articles, and media production, development or multimedia storytelling (photo/video, film, sound, web design, apps, scriptwriting). Please describe how your experience will help you contribute to the University and School’s commitment to research and creative initiatives.
4) List of at least three references with knowledge of your work
5) An optional field for your creative and research portfolio for consideration.

About the Broadcast & Digital Journalism Department
The Broadcast & Digital Journalism Department ( BDJ ) at the Newhouse School is regarded as one of the top training grounds for broadcast and digital journalists. Newhouse BDJ alumni are employed at all levels of journalism organizations around the world. BDJ alumni help provide students with an employment pipeline into the professional world.

The BDJ faculty are a diverse group of journalists with extensive professional experience and varied academic research and creative interests. We are passionate about the goal of training the journalists of tomorrow. We require our students work very hard at developing their skills. This requires us to work just as hard to give them what they need. Teaching in BDJ is not a step into semi-retirement.

The BDJ faculty also practice “service after the sale,” by building professional connections to help students find first jobs and continue to consult on future career moves. We have an excellent track record in building the Newhouse BDJ alumni network.

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. Also, we partner with The E.W. Scripps Company on its innovative Scripps Journalism Career Program and supply students to both Hearst and TEGNA producer training programs.

To learn more about the BDJ department, our faculty and our students, visit our website:

About the Newhouse School

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University trains the next generation of communications leaders, preparing students to not only enter a rapidly changing media industry, but to shape its future. Called one of the “very best schools” in its field by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications ( ACEJMC ) in an April 2023 reaccreditation report, Newhouse has been lauded for providing an excellent educational experience due to its outstanding students, faculty, staff, leadership and facilities, as well as financial stability and a deep curriculum. The Newhouse School is committed to expanding academic excellence through research and creative activity, as well as community engagement and professional opportunities to help students develop their skill set outside the classroom.
Newhouse is home to approximately 2,100 undergraduates, 200 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 3.9 GPA .

The school’s 250,000-square-foot, three-building complex is a leading-edge learning environment where students are exposed to top-notch 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 virtual studio that accommodates green screen production and 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.

To learn more about the Newhouse School, visit .

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

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.

EEO Statement

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

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

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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