Do you want to help prepare bright young people create the future for sports journalism? If so, consider spending a year at the nation’s top journalism school, where that happens every day.

The Missouri School of Journalism seeks a top-notch editor who has a strong foundation in the fundamentals of sports journalism but isn’t stuck in the past. It seeks an individual who’s ready to be a part of an award-winning team of editors focused on creating great journalists and great journalism.

Sound like a good fit? Then apply to be the assistant sports editor and a visiting assistant professor at Mizzou.

This job is based at the Columbia Missourian, a community-oriented news organization that collaborates with professional radio, broadcast and magazine newsrooms at the School of Journalism. You’ll direct, coach, mentor (and learn from) some of the best students in the country.

This is a full-time, benefit-eligible 12-month faculty appointment, which may be renewed for an additional year.

Job duties include:

  • Working with the sports editor and other newsroom editors to assign and edit a team of eager journalists, in both daily coverage and in deeper enterprise work.
  • Help edit and produce the award-winning Sports section of the print edition of the Missourian.
  • Help produce the digital sports products of the Missourian and other platforms in the converged newsroom.
  • Teach a journalism class every semester
  • Hold a faculty appointment at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position will require working nights and weekends; work hours will vary depending on news coverage and production needs, which will be determined in consultation with the sports editor.

Minimum qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field.
  • 5 years professional experience.

The committee is also interested in candidates who bring:

  • A proven commitment to accuracy and editing.
  • Design experience in print and digital products and the ability to oversee real visual storytelling.
  • An ability to envision multiple ways users interact with information and plan packages for digital and print products with the user in mind.
  • Curiosity about and comfort with digital tools and trends.
  • The ethical judgment and skill to teach young journalists how to make tough calls on their feet.
  • A proven track record of producing quality news coverage.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative problem-solving skills.
  • A deep, applied understanding of how to use visual and audio journalism, digital video, and social media to enhance journalistic storytelling.
  • The ability to juggle a vibrant daily newsroom’s many needs with ambitious, long-term projects.
  • A track record as a collegial collaborator in a newsroom without silos.

How to apply

Apply at by uploading (a) a letter of application that describes your interest in the job, your teaching philosophy, and your thoughts about teaching sports journalism; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) the names and contact information for three references, and (d) a one-page diversity statement that specifically addresses how you would engage with a diverse student population with regards to teaching, research, mentoring, and advising. Reference job ID 40486.

Application screening will begin immediately.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. It seeks individuals who are committed to this goal and core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

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The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer.