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Executive Editor & Professor of Practice

Post Date:Aug 07, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:Negotiable
Location: United States - Arizona - Phoenix Job Reference:
Job Description:

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is seeking an Executive Editor for its new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. The Howard Center, funded through a generous grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, will be the centerpiece of the school’s first-in-the-nation master’s degree in investigative journalism.

The Executive Editor will have the unique opportunity to develop an immersive, experiential, innovative, hands-on curriculum featuring the Cronkite School’s award-winning faculty and a strong interdisciplinary component drawn from ASU colleges in Business, Law, Engineering, Computer Science and Liberal Arts.

In the first year, the Howard Center's founding editor will lead the formation of the program, including developing courses with professors from other schools that enhance investigative reporting techniques.

The Executive Editor also will create partnerships with media outlets, assist in recruiting students for the first class of graduate students and lead searches for other Howard Center staff. Once the center is operational, the editor will oversee national capstone investigative projects for publication in partnership with professional media outlets across the country.

This is a full-time appointment and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.

For best consideration, please submit applications by September 30, 2018, or if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

To apply, send a letter of interest, a resume and links to work samples via email to:

Attn: Sarah Cohen

Knight Chair in Journalism
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. Arizona State University’s full non-discrimination statement can be found at, and the Title IX policy can be found at

About the Cronkite School

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and is home to Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. The school’s mission to is to prepare the next generation of journalists and communications professionals while also taking responsibility for the fundamental news and information needs of the community through an innovative journalistic “teaching hospital.” In more than a dozen professional immersion programs, students create professional content under the guidance of faculty with deep industry experience and experiment with new ways of creating and delivering news and information. The school is located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in the heart of the nation’s 11th largest media market.

About the Scripps Howard Foundation

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism is made possible through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, which supports philanthropic causes important to the E.W. Scripps Company and the communities it serves. The foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Howard Center honors the legacy of Roy W. Howard, former chairman of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain and a pioneering news reporter who combined the roles of publisher, editor and journalist.

About ASU

Arizona State University is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing public research universities, with a rich diversity of highly ranked programs and scholars that seek to solve pressing global and local issues through powerful partnerships. In 2017, ASU was ranked as the most innovative school in the country for the third year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. ASU is known for its development and championing of a new model for the American research university, creating an institution committed to excellence, access and impact.

About the Howard Center Faculty

Students in the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism will be guided by top faculty that include five Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and editors. They are:

  • Leonard Downie Jr. The Weil Family Professor of Journalism is the former executive editor of The Washington Post. Downie led the newspaper to more Pulitzer Prizes than any editor in history. A founding member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, he specialized in investigative reporting throughout his career and teaches Cronkite courses on accountability journalism.
  • Sarah Cohen. The Knight Chair in Data Journalism came to the Cronkite School from The New York Times, where she served as data editor. She won a Pulitzer Prize at The Washington Post, where she also was data editor. She was president of Investigative Reporters & Editors and served as the Knight Professor at Duke University. She teaches data journalism at Cronkite.
  • Walter V. “Robby” Robinson. The Donald W. Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism is the former editor of The Boston Globe’s famed Spotlight investigative team. He won a Pulitzer Prize for work uncovering the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, which became the basis for the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight.” He teaches a course in investigative reporting at Cronkite.
  • Jacquee Petchel. A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist at The Miami Herald and an Emmy award-winning TV producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and WFOR-TV in Miami, Petchel is executive editor of Carnegie-Knight News21, the multi-university, in-depth journalism initiative based at Cronkite. She also has worked with students to produce award-winning television and radio documentaries about heroin and the prescription opioid epidemic.
  • Steven Doig. A pioneer in data journalism, Doig is a Pulitzer Prize winner from The Miami Herald and the school’s first Knight Chair in Data Journalism. He teaches data journalism part-time at Cronkite.

Desired qualifications include:

-At least 10 years of journalism experience at the national or major market level

-Deep investigative journalism experience
Significant experience as a newsroom leader

-An interest in working with thought leaders in other disciplines to develop wide-ranging methods and knowledge within journalism

-A collaborative, optimistic leader who can energize top-tier graduate students

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Contact Information
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Comm
555 North Central Avenue, Suite 302
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States
Ph: 602-496-5555
Fax: 602-496-5116

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