Last week, the Columbia Journalism School announced that it had completed the fundraising necessary to start the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Now they just need a director. Columbia has launched a broad search for candidates to head the center, and hopes to have chosen one by July 1st.
“The person may come from professional practice or may come from an academic institution,” J-school academic dean William Grueskin told the Columbia Spectator. “It could be someone working in New York City or in Mumbai.”
The Spectator also offers more details on the workings of the Tow Center, which the school anticipates will run much of Columbia’s Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism or the Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism. But there’s also the possibilty of a more interdisciplinary approach: Dean Nicholas Lemann said “there is a collaborative degree with the School of Engineering and Applied Science also in the works, which would combine computer science and digital media.”
UPDATE: The full job description, from a tipster.
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (www.journalism.columbia.edu) invites applications for the Director of the Tow Center for the Internet and Digital Media, who shall also be appointed as a professor of Journalism (rank and track to be determined).
The successful candidate will serve as Director of the newly created Tow Center for the Internet and New Media Innovation, with responsibility for helping to create a new academic center dedicated to the teaching of journalism with innovative applications online and research into emerging uses of digital media in journalism.
We envision this Center bringing visibility to the School’s contributions to this field of endeavor and study, seeking opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with other Columbia schools and with external agencies and organizations.
In that light, the Director will be involved in executing and overseeing original scholarly research; collaborating with and studying news organizations, new and old; developing and testing new models for creating and delivering information, along with business innovations to support those models; and advising how to raise additional funds through research and program grants.
S/he will also be responsible for working closely with the Journalism School’s Dean, Dean of Academic Affairs and faculty to ensure the development of an enhanced curriculum in digital media. In this role, the incumbent will develop and teach digital media courses, explore the best methods of reporting and journalistic presentation for the Internet, supervise master’s projects and theses, and advise students.
Qualified applicants are pioneers and leaders in digital journalism, from anywhere in the world, who are able to demonstrate scholarly and/or professional accomplishments worthy of appointment to a faculty position. A bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree preferred.
Preference will be given to candidates who have both experience in working with digital media, along with an understanding of curriculum planning and academic program development. A bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree preferred.