Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism

Staffordshire University - School of Computing & Digital Technologies

Interview Date: Friday 27 October 20170

Lecturer Grade 7 currently £33,518 - £38,833 per annum / Senior Lecturer Grade 8 currently £39,992 - £47,722 per annum

(Appointment as Senior Lecturer will be considered should a suitable candidate come forward who has the relevant experience, skills, and qualities to take on the responsibilities associated with an appointment at this level.)

Staffordshire University has long been one of the leading institutions for journalism education in the UK and enjoys an enviable location, with London, Birmingham, and Manchester all within easy reach.

We have now restructured our department, linking journalism to film and music – two areas also of notable strength and international significance.

Now we want to make a key appointment in Broadcast Journalism who will work with our new Head of Department, Chris Horrie, to achieve a major shift towards live and as-live output and production for our soon to launch webcast TV/video channel.

You will be a future-thinking journalist with considerable broadcast news production experience, both as a reporter and a producer. You may also have experience in video features and documentary making, and effective use of social media. You will be aware of next generation developments in independent journalism/factual programming such as Vice.

The ideal candidate might well have worked as a multimedia journalist for a broadcast news/factual company such as the BBC, ITV, or Sky. Equally a journalist who has specialised in producing webcast audio/video and web content for a national or regional newspaper could do well in this role. If you also have some training or teaching experience this will be an advantage, but this is not an absolute requirement for this post as you will be supported in gaining a postgraduate Higher Education teaching qualification.

In addition you will have a genuine interest in doing worthwile and internationally important research into the future of journalism. This might be in areas of technical development such as virtual reality or social media integration; through to economic, political, and ethical problems such as the Fake News debate, verification, and alternative economic models for journalism and factual entertainment.

As a developing academic we would expect you to have a good first degree, possibly an academic MA qualification, and wide and serious academic interests. Should you gain the post we would expect you to register to take a PhD if you have not yet achieved this qualification. The University will support your PhD application and will pay your fees as part of an attractive employment package offered by one of the country’s most progressive employer.

The post is likely to be one of the best opportunities in journalism education in the UK this year. It is especially suited to a working journalist who may be interested in starting or developing a second or parallel career in journalism education at one of the UK’s best known and most dynamic centres for media education. We will fully support the right candidate in achieving Higher Education teaching experience and certification and PhD status. 

For an information discussion regarding the role, please contact Chris Horrie (Chris.Horrie@staffs.ac.uk).

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Staffordshire University is an equal opportunities employer.

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