NAJA Job Board

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Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership
Main Duties:
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking a visionary leader to serve as the inaugural Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership. The Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership will teach and provide leadership across the curriculum in areas related to the digital transformation of media, including leading change. She or he will work with Cronkite leadership, experts across the university and external partners to develop and promote programs and approaches that prepare the next generation of journalism leaders and innovators and will serve as a thought leader, writing and speaking nationally and internationally on transformative change within the news industry.
Required Knowledge:
The new endowed professorship will join the Cronkite School’s six other distinguished named chairs and professorships: the Knight Chair in Journalism, held by former New York Times data editor Sarah Cohen; the Weil Family Professor of Journalism, held by former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr.; the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, held by former syndicated business columnist Andrew Leckey; the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism, occupied by Julia Wallace, former editor-in-chief of the Atlanta Journal- Constitution; the Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport, filled by Kenneth L. Shropshire, author and international expert in sports, business, law and society; and the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Visiting Professor in Business Journalism, held jointly by former CNN Wall Street correspondent Susan Lisovicz and former Boston Globe investigative editor and Pulitzer winner Walter V. Robinson. The Sue Clark-Johnson Professorship in Media Innovation and Leadership is named in honor of the pioneering news media executive who led innovations in news during a 41-year career with the Gannett Co. Prior to becoming the first female head of the Gannett Newspaper Division, she served as chair and CEO of Phoenix Newspapers and senior group president of Gannet’s Pacific Newspaper Group. After retiring from Gannett in 2009, Clark-Johnson was executive director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU and a professor of practice at the Cronkite School. She died in 2015. The Cronkite School, located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in the nation’s 11th largest media market, is a global leader in professional and innovative digital news media education. The school champions a “teaching hospital” model of journalism education in which students create professional content under the guidance of top professionals in Cronkite News at Arizona PBS, a daily news operation that serves as an immersive and innovative learning laboratory for students and provides Arizonans with daily news coverage of critical issues on broadcast and digital platforms. The Cronkite School emphasizes curricula and programs that experiment with new forms of storytelling, audience engagement, digital interactivity, data visualization, audience analytics and revenue models.
Required Experience:
This is a nine-month appointment and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice. Qualifications Required: Ten years of senior-level leadership experience in a news organization; record of accomplishments and thought leadership related to the future of news; bachelor’s degree Application deadline: Sept. 22, or if not filled, the first of each two-week period thereafter until the search is closed.
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Application Process:
Application procedure: Materials must include 1) a current curriculum vita; 2) a letter describing the applicant’s experiences and how they would benefit the Cronkite School; and 3) names, positions and telephone numbers of three academic or professional references. Submit materials via email to: [email protected] Attn: Eric Newton, Innovation Chief and Professor of Practice Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication 555 N. Central Ave., Suite 302 Phoenix, AZ 85004 Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. More detailed information can be found at and