The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University is recruiting for eight entry-level Journalist/News Fellows with the recently created Murrow News Fellowship Program.
This Murrow News Fellowship Program is in conjunction with a Washington state-funded initiative to bolster the state’s civic and public affairs coverage. Each fellow will be placed with a local news organization in Washington state for a two-year fixed-term appointment. These positions will also provide fellows with an opportunity to earn a digital news certificate. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
Summary of Duties:
The Journalist/News Fellow will gather, write, and produce civic journalism of interest to their assigned newsroom’s audiences and news beats; these topics may include health, education, economic development, environment, criminal justice, and under-represented communities. The Journalist/News Fellow may be required to produce content in various formats, including audio, video, text, and digital presentations. The assigned newsroom will provide editing, guidance, and professional support for a fellow in collaboration with Murrow’s Program Manager.
The Journalist/News Fellow positions will be located with a Washington state news organization to be determined. Candidates may indicate a general preference for potential assignment, by location and beats in the cover letter. Host newsrooms may be located in rural, suburban, or urban communities.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or email@example.com.
Positions require a Bachelor’s Degree in a field relevant to area of specialization. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.
Position requires a degree in journalism, broadcasting, communications, or closely related field.
Strong news reporting skills to produce quality journalism.
Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
Degree from any accredited higher ed institution in Washington state.
Knowledge of Washington state community issues.
Experience or training in new technologies for the gathering and delivery of news.
Experience using social media in a news environment.
Experience researching complex issues.
Possession of, or ability to obtain at time of hire, a valid, unrestricted driver’s license.
Fluency in a foreign language.
In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the salary listed reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. Successful candidates typically begin up to mid-point of the salary range. For additional information, please review WSU’s Administrative Professional Compensation (https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/classification-compensation/ap-compensation-structure/). WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For additional information, please review the detailed Summary of Benefits offered by WSU for AP staff (https://hrs.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/2023-Benefit-Overview-for-Faculty-and-AP.pdf) and Total Compensation (https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/recruitment-toolkit/total-compensation/).
This is a temporary two-year position.
Temporary End Date:
This is a temporary position that will end two years after hire date.
Posting Close Date:
Applicants must submit their completed application by Monday, January 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.
Applicants must upload the following required documents to their online application. External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application. Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files. Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible. Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.
Cover letter (Candidates may indicate a general preference for potential assignment by location and beats in cover letter)
3-5 writing samples or links to work (college course papers/reports may substitute if recent graduate)