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  • Job Opportunity: Seeking a News Integrity Initiative General Manager

    By Hal Straus | Last updated on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 4:00 pm


    The News Integrity Initiative — funded with $14 million by the Craig Newmark foundations, Facebook, the Ford Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, Mozilla, Betaworks, AppNexus, and the Democracy Fund to begin — is seeking a General Manager who brings experience in grants administration and a deep understanding and concern about the issues facing journalism and public trust in credible information today.

    The Initiative will address the problems of misinformation and disinformation and the opportunities the net provides to inform the public conversation in new ways. It will fund research, projects, and convenings with a goal of having measurable impact on the credibility, quality, and civility of the public conversation. It will eventually work with many other organizations internationally — projects, universities, and companies across the wide range of journalism and media from publishers to platforms to advertising and PR firms — to focus on areas of need and opportunity, identify impactful projects and research, and provide funding and support. These will include new definitions of news literacy; better understanding of the public conversation and how it is influenced for good and ill; new forms of news that take journalism into that conversation where and when it occurs; means and metrics to measure impact on trust in news and information; and other opportunities when they arise.

    The Initiative will endeavor to convene the many good projects already underway and bring new affected and responsible sectors of media into the discussion, not to compete with any of them, but instead, to bring resources so that they may share needs and best practices, and collaborate. These will be convened with hosts around the world.

    The Initiative is an activity of the Tow-Knight Center, funded through the foundation of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

    The General Manager will:

    • Establish procedures and policies for grant-making to a wide range of potential grantees (not-for-profit and for-profit) in this new Initiative.
    • Report to the Dean of the Journalism School and work with the Director of the Tow-Knight Center and administrative staff at the School as well as with the Executive Committee of the Initiative and its Advisory Council.
    • Collaborate with others at the Initiative and school to help formulate strategic goals and the requests for proposals that will follow; solicit and review proposals to the Initiative; and seek out people and organizations who can help the Initiative meet its  goals.
    • Review performance against goals with grantees and for the Initiative overall, collaborating with researchers to establish new metrics for impact.
    • Hire and supervise other staff — in an organizational structure the General Manager will help establish — to also convene meetings against specific goals at CUNY and with hosts elsewhere; to facilitate the sharing of information among organizations and individuals working in this field (publishing openly); and to administer the Initiative’s budget.
    • Support efforts to raise additional funding as the Initiative demonstrates its effectiveness.
    • Maintain a collaborative relationship with funders.

    We seek a candidate with considerable experience in grant-making and a strong manager and collaborator who has deep knowledge of and concern for journalism.

    The Initiative is seeded with $14 million in grants that run from two to four years. This effort may continue longer but it is not a philanthropy that will live forever; it will aim for maximum impact at speed for this is urgent work. CUNY, its foundation, and the Tow-Knight Center will provide space, financial services, and general support for the Initiative.

    The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Foundation encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

    Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in and qualifications for this position, as well as a resume to: generalinfo@journalism.cuny.edu. Please make sure to put General Manager Application in the email header.



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