Adjunct Instructor, Media Center Practicum in Community Reporting, – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California seeks an adjunct instructor, specializing in text/digital, to teach JOUR 206: Media Center Practicum in Community Reporting Spring 2024

JOUR 206 gives journalism majors hands-on experience in broadcast, radio, and digital news. It is taught in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s state-of-the-art Media Center in Wallis Annenberg Hall. Students work four hours a week in the Media Center to fulfill this lab shift, which runs concurrently with the core journalism courses Reporting and Writing I and Reporting and Writing II. The practicum is credit/no-credit. JOUR 206 instructors work to support student editors and reporters as they produce content for student-led Annenberg Media outlets. Instructors will work one full day (9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) Monday through Thursday on site in the Media Center.

Applicants should have a minimum of three years experience writing for a news outlet. Experience with daily and beat reporting and prior teaching experience is preferred. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Journalism is a plus. Applicants should have a primary career elsewhere.

Required Skills/Knowledge Areas:

Writing/reporting news on web, print or digital platforms

Developing stories and sources 

Best practices for journalists on social media platforms.

Best practices for audience engagement for journalists

Experience with WordPress or other CMS  

Required Documents:

A cover letter describing your experience and background and an updated CV/ resume. Our system will allow you to add additional documentation by clicking the “upload” button in the same section where you attach your resume.

The hourly range for this position is $36.37 – $45.46. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

USC reserves the “Adjunct” appointment for faculty teaching less than full-time at USC, who are employed full-time in a primary profession or career elsewhere. Adjunct faculty typically teach only one course per year, but in exceptional cases, may teach one course per semester, if approved by the dean.

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism prepares students to inquire, innovate and lead at the global crossroads of media, technology and culture. The school’s academic rigor, experiential learning opportunities, unparalleled network and state-of-the-art facilities allow students to develop intellectual, professional and ethical depth as they engage with expert faculty. As an epicenter for critical conversations among scholars, industry leaders and cultural icons, USC Annenberg prepares students to advance the fields of communication, journalism and public relations.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

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