Professors of Practice, Cronkite Borderlands Initiative

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Location
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 24

Position description

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University seeks to hire two Professors of Practice with expertise in Latino and borderlands news coverage to lead student reporting teams for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS.

The Professors of Practice will be part of the school’s Southwest Borderlands Initiative, in which advanced student journalists specialize in coverage of Latino communities and immigration and border issues. They will work daily with teams of student reporters who report and produce content for digital and broadcast platforms. The student journalism is distributed to professional media outlets nationally and is a featured component of Cronkite News (, a multi-platform news organization that includes Arizona PBS, the state’s public television station. Spanish-language content is featured at Cronkite Noticias (, a website focusing on the economy, education, sustainability, immigration and other issues of importance to the region’s Latino communities, as well as in a Spanish-language newscast.

The Borderlands program is one of more than a dozen immersive professional programs at the Cronkite School that include a nightly student newscast distributed to 1.9 million households on Arizona PBS; news reporting bureaus in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. that cover public policy issues for Arizonans; sports reporting bureaus in Phoenix and Los Angeles that provide sports coverage for professional outlets; and a New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab that develops new digital products for media clients. Students in these programs work in a newsroom setting under the direction of full-time faculty with extensive professional experience.

Duties and Responsibilities
Directing upper-level undergraduate and graduate journalism students who report and produce professional-level news content on Latino, immigration and border issues in the U.S. and Mexico for distribution across media platforms; working with Cronkite leadership to establish the bureau as a leading source of news and information about Latino communities; working with other professional program directors at the Cronkite School to plan, manage and produce innovative and professional news and information content; developing partnerships with local, regional and/or national media outlets for distribution of student content; teaching classes as assigned in English and/or Spanish; performing other faculty responsibilities, such as committee assignments and student recruitment, as assigned.


The ideal candidates will have complementary skills sets that cover the following areas:
• Experience covering Latino issues
• Bilingual in Spanish and English
• Experience editing and/or producing for digital and broadcast platforms
• Experience editing at a professional level in Spanish
• Experience leading teams of reporters and/or producers
• Experience guiding student or beginning reporters
• Bachelor’s degree

Required: Seven years of major-market, regional or national experience professional journalism experience with an emphasis on coverage of Latino issues; bilingual in Spanish and English; bachelor’s degree.

Application instructions

Application deadline: March 27 or if not filled, the first of each month thereafter until the search is closed.

Application procedure: Materials must include: 1) a resume, 2) Web-based samples of work created or produced, and 3) names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references.

Submit materials via email to: 
[email protected]
Kristin Gilger
Associate Dean
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Avenue, Suite 302
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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