Managing Editor for KOMU-TV and Assistant Professional Practice Professor, University of Missouri

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 12, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Broadcasting, Digital Media, Media Studies, Other Communications, Professional Fields, Journalism
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Missouri School of Journalism seeks a dynamic individual for the position of managing editor for KOMU-TV and assistant professional practice professor.

This position is unique in American journalism and is well suited to an experienced commercial television journalist with a deep appreciation of ethics, public service and aggressive reporting. KOMU-TV is the fully commercial NBC affiliate in the 137 DMA. It is the teaching laboratory for students learning all aspects of television journalism.

This is a full-time, benefit-eligible, renewable, 12-month faculty appointment. The winning candidate will teach Advanced Television Reporting in the classroom and in the newsroom, supervising student story development and managing KOMU’s award winning Target 8 special projects. The successful candidate must lead change and collaborate with faculty, staff and students across newsrooms and platforms throughout the Missouri School of Journalism. Our news outlets serve Mid-Missouri and share content from our large statehouse operation with journalism outlets across the state. In addition to KOMU-TV, our media holdings include a community newspaper (The Columbia Missourian), a city magazine (Vox), and NPR member station (KBIA-FM) and a digital statewide business publication (Missouri Business Alert).

This ranked university faculty member and KOMU-TV managing editor will:
  • Coach student journalists on storytelling, writing, video editing, the investigative process, news judgment, ethics and principles of journalism.
  • Teach a journalism class each semester.
  • Serve as "Tiger Chair" in the KOMU newsroom, coaching student journalists through story development and assembly, and editing and approving scripts and video .
  • Work with community members and leaders to build relationships and ensure inclusive coverage.
  • Hold a faculty appointment at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Work with the news editors, digital editors and students at other Missouri School of Journalism news platforms to create quality converged coverage.
  • Plan and supervise necessary travel.
  • Other duties as assigned.
This position will require working nights and infrequent weekends; work hours will vary depending on news coverage and production needs, which will be determined in consultation with the KOMU-TV News Director.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • At least 5 years of experience in reporting, producing, writing and managing staff in a digital journalism environment.
  • A bachelor's degree.
The committee is also interested in candidates who bring:
  • The ethical judgment and skill to teach young journalists how to make tough calls on their feet.
  • A proven track record of producing quality news coverage.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative problem-solving skills.
  • A deep, applied understanding of how to use visual and audio journalism, digital video, and social media to enhance journalistic storytelling.
  • The ability to juggle a vibrant daily newsroom's many needs with ambitious, long-term projects.
  • A track record as a collegial collaborator in a newsroom without silos.
Application Materials

Apply online by uploading (a) a letter of application that describes your interest in teaching, your teaching philosophy, and your thoughts about teaching television journalism; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) the names and contact information for three references, and (d) a one-page diversity statement that specifically addresses how you would engage with a diverse student population with regards to teaching, research, mentoring, and advising.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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