Job Opportunity: Distinguished Lecturer – Local News and Accountability Reporting

  • By Newmark J-School Staff


Performs teaching duties in area(s) of expertise. Distinguished Lecturers are experienced practitioners or teachers who hold full-time, non-tenure track position with a maximum appointment period of seven years, subject to annual reappointment.

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The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, founded in 2006, has become nationally recognized for its innovative programs. The only public graduate journalism school in the northeastern U.S., it prepares students from diverse economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to produce high-quality journalism. As the profession rapidly reinvents itself for the digital age, the Newmark J-School is at the forefront of equipping the next generation of journalists with the tools to find stories and tell them effectively — using print, broadcast, visual, interactive, and social media. The school offers two master’s degree programs: a Master of Arts in Journalism and the nation’s first M.A. in Engagement Journalism.

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY seeks candidates for a Distinguished Lecturer position. Reporting to the Associate Dean, the candidate will serve as the head of the Local News and Accountability Reporting concentration, beginning Fall 2024. This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position.

The ideal candidate is a journalist with a record of delivering outstanding coverage of local journalism to head our Local News and Accountability Concentration (formerly the Urban Reporting concentration).

We’re seeking someone with energy and vision to use New York City as the training ground to teach emerging journalists to report on the intersection of people and power — and generate high-impact local news stories.

The incumbent will help shape the future of the newest iteration of our longstanding, successful program — along with the careers of the next generation of local news and political reporters determined to make a difference as they transform journalism and work to safeguard democracy.

Distinguished Lecturers are experienced practitioners or teachers who hold a full-time, non-tenure track position with a maximum appointment period of seven years, subject to annual reappointment. Distinguished Lecturers have teaching duties in their area(s) of expertise.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaches 6 credits per academic year;
  • Oversees the curriculum for the courses in the concentration; updating courses and adds new ones on an ongoing basis to ensure the curriculum reflect the latest trends in the industry and is geared toward serving the students and the public;
  • Engages in a practical, hands-on program of teaching;
  • Recruits and supports a knowledgeable, diverse group of professors to teach courses; ensuring that students’ learning experience is of the highest quality;
  • Provides strong professional mentoring — including course and career advisement to students;
  • Participates in service related to the life of the school;
  • Works with the Admissions team and other J-School colleagues to promote the program with prospective and current students;
  • Maintains active ties to working professionals in support of guest speakers and seeks external and internal publishing opportunities for student work;
  • Conceives and hosts timely and high-profile public events in support of the concentration;
  • Develops contacts with employers to assist the Career Services office in identifying relevant internship and employment opportunities;
  • Maintains close contact with alumni from the concentration, and using these connections to enhance the student experience and career opportunities, as well as the profile and quality of the program.



Bachelor’s degree and a record of achievement in a profession or field of expertise related to teaching assignments.  Also required is the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • A minimum of six years of professional journalism experience — with significant experience covering New York, another major city, a vibrant local community and/or government — and a demonstrated commitment to reporting from a variety of perspectives.
  • Significant period of teaching experience at the college or graduate level.
  • Strong belief in informing, engaging, and fostering communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team.
  • Ability to explore evolving forms of storytelling.
  • Skills that are current and competitive as the news industry rapidly changes.
  • Evidence of a clear agenda for continued journalistic work.
  • Demonstrated record of cultural competence.



$60,000 -$70,000. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and professional experience.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.



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Please submit a CV, statement of scholarly interests, and contact information for 3 professional references (title, company, phone number, and email). All documents should be submitted in PDF or Word format.



Open until filled with a review of resumes to begin January 16, 2024.



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