HOWARD FINBERG, Interactive Learning Director, The Poynter Institute, writes: We have a unique and very special opportunity for one of your students. It’s the News University Fellowship. This 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.
If you have a student who can contribute and benefit, now’s the time to act. Have her/him apply by March 15. Details are included below. Or go to http://www.newsu.org/fellowship to learn more and download a flier about the 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 http://www.newsu.org. 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
# 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 java-script, 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
# 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 Finberg, Interactive Learning Director, The Poynter Institute. No phone calls, please. Absolutely. The deadline is March 15, 2007.