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Job Opportunity: Research and Communications Associate (Part Time)

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

Job Title: Research and Communications Associate, Tow-Knight Center

Location: Newmark Graduate School of Journalism


This position will concentrate on gathering, summarizing, and sharing research on the Internet and its impact for a new grant-funded “Initiative in Internet Studies” being launched by The Tow-Knight Center at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

This is a part-time role with a flexible work schedule based on 30 hours per week.


Grant-funded position


The Tow-Knight Center’s “Initiative in Internet Studies” is launching with three primary activities:

  • To gather, summarize, and share research on the net and its impact — what we know, do not know, and need to know
  • To convene researchers to discuss priorities and need
  • To create a CUNY-wide curriculum on designing the Internet and its future

This position will concentrate on the first task — gathering and highlighting research — with the opportunity to be involved in convenings and classes.

One of the Initiative’s first activities is to pilot a course in Designing the Internet, to test the hypothesis that the Internet is still in its infancy and that the public is still able to design and steer the net the way it wishes. The course is open to interested students across CUNY campuses. The Initiative is housed at a journalism school in the belief that journalism must widen the canvas on which it works to the entirety of the net.

The Initiative is seeking a researcher who – working closely with the Center’s director – can translate research into digestible content such as newsletters, blogs, and social media posts for the benefit of media, policy-makers, CUNY students, and members of the public.

The Research and Communications Associate should have experience in conducting research in journalism, communications, the Internet, or other closely aligned fields. The role requires excellent communication, interviewing, writing, editing, and social media skills. Experience producing a regular newsletter and crafting compelling conversation through social media is a plus.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Gathering, assessing, and summarizing current and existing research on the impact and future of the Internet
  • Translating research, insights and findings into relevant, engaging, and digestible content for the public through a variety of social media tools and newsletters
  • Helping define and shape the strategy of how to make academic research more accessible to the community
  • Working to cultivate and highlight voices from leaders and researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds. This may include citing and amplifying research, conducting interviews, and creating content using social media channels and blogs that incorporate equity and inclusion best practices.

The ideal candidate is immersed in and passionate about the current conversation on the intersection of the Internet and its impact on journalism and society. The ideal candidate will have experience working with research, as well as in creating social media deliverables such as newsletters, blogs and a social media presence. 


Bachelor’s degree required and experience in academic research and/or journalism.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Experience creating newsletters that engage communities
  • Experience writing blogs and creating engaging content on various social media channels
  • Excellent writing, grammar, and editing skills
  • Experience creating a plan of action, based on research and communications goals
  • A background in journalism, media, communications or other closely related field
  • Master’s degree preferred; PhD’s are invited to apply.


$60,000 on a one-year contract

This is a part-time role with a flexible work schedule based on 30 hours per week.


The Research and Communications Associate is a grant-funded position that will be on the payroll of the CUNY Research Foundation, which offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.


Complete the application here. Applicants must be based in the U.S. and legally allowed to work in the U.S. 

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled


We believe that when journalism and journalism education does not reflect and serve the communities they cover, it hurts our communities – especially people of color, people from working class backgrounds, LGBTQ people and women. These communities are at the heart of what we as journalists and as a journalism institution care most about. We strongly encourage applications from members of these and other marginalized communities.

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. 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.