Monday, February 19, 2007


The Poynter Institute News University Fellowship

The News University Fellowship is a yearlong paid position at The Poynter Institute to help create interactive programs and online materials for NewsU. In addition to learning new skills and experience, this is an opportunity to participate in all of the activities at Poynter, including interaction with some of journalism's best trainers. Read the details below or go to to learn more and download a flier about the fellowship.

News University Fellowship: This is a yearlong paid fellowship to aid in the creation of interactive learning modules for News University, the e-learning project at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. The project is funded by the Knight Foundation. News University can be seen at This position starts in late spring or summer 2007. Applications are due by March 15, 2007. A decision will be made shortly thereafter. The ideal candidate has a solid foundation in computer-related design fundamentals including user interface design, information architecture, animation, and interactivity. Candidate has a solid foundation in online graphic design fundamentals including typography, color and bandwidth considerations and is familiar with digital editing for photography, audio and video. This person:
Is a conceptual thinker, and self-starter who works hard but also likes to have fun
Is someone who can take initiative, and works well as part of a team
Is confident in their ability to manage multiple tasks and/or projects and meet deadlines Qualifications for this position include
Either bachelor's degree in Multimedia, Computer-related Design or related four-year degree, with emphasis in journalism and/or education
Proficiency in Flash, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Photoshop
Strong scripting skills in ActionScript and HTML; familiarity with JavaScript, XML, PHP and databases desirable
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Willingness to learn and try new things.
Experience in collecting and editing digital photographs, audio, and video is a plus
Knowledge of learning theory and principles of online learning is a plus
Teaching assistant experience is a plus
Duties collaborate with and take direction from Interactive Learning Producers to assist in the creation of instructional packages for Poynter's News University e-learning project
Under the direction of Producers or Interactive Faculty, design look and feel of educational projects, from individual modules to entire courses
Assist Poynter faculty and other journalism professionals with course planning and interactive content development
Program interactive elements of educational projects such as navigation, site structure, and simulations
Collect and edit digital content
Assist with updates to NewsU web site and maintain monthly tracking data Additional Learning Opportunities
Participate in daily contact and discussion with the faculty members of The Poynter Institute and journalism industry leaders
Observe the academic and administrative process of The Institute in group meetings and educational programs
Meet and learn from Poynter seminar leaders and guest speakers We encourage applicants with a diverse background to apply. Send resume, examples of work and a cover letter to: Howard FinbergInteractive Learning DirectorThe Poynter Institutejobs@newsu.orgNo phone calls, please. Absolutely. The deadline is March 15, 2007.

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