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University of Missouri
401 S. 9th Street
Columbia, Missouri (United States)


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Digital Innovator

Job ID: 54373
Job Views: 24
Location: COLUMBIA, Missouri, United States
Postal Code: 65211
Job Category: Online/New Media
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: see link
Posted: 12.06.2017

Job Description

Are you a digital problem solver and innovator with strong data, coding and analytical skills? The Reynolds Journalism Institute seeks you!

RJI has a unique opportunity for a hands-on, creative and technical professional to join a lab of practical digital experts. The Futures Lab seeks a person with an interest in innovation and emerging technologies who wants to help shape the future of the news industry. Our ideal candidate is a proven multi-tasker, team player and technical expert who likes to share knowledge, create digital projects and is ready to train university students at the World’s journalism school – the Missouri School of Journalism.

Primary duties include:
•    Work with the RJI Futures Lab Director, Deputy Director and other members of the Futures Lab to create and execute digital projects that strengthen the news media industry. Digital projects could range from data analytics, coding for applications, building skills on voice devices and using applications to create AR/VR environments. The exact nature of each project will depend on the quarter’s goals, industry developments and potential partners the Futures Lab may have.
•    Also work independently to research, suggest and execute practical projects and tests involving AI, coding, data, voice and other technologies.
•    Join Futures Lab staff in raising the lab’s profile and sharing expertise by speaking at conferences about Futures Lab work and direction of the news industry.
•    Contribute, when appropriate and needed, to the Futures Lab communications via YouTube channel, Twitter, occasional writings on RJI’s website and other industry platforms that pertain to emerging technologies and journalism.
•    Mentor students, which may include mentoring a student capstone team or directing students who may build and test technologies for the re-branded and re-structured Futures Lab online show.
•    Support and attend Futures Lab activities, which include the RJI Student Competition, competition mentor sessions, lab weekly meetings and other lab activities, which may involve some travel.
•    Teach in the journalism program at Missouri with a focus on technology, coding, data and future technologies.

This positon is for someone who would enjoy work that strengthens the field of journalism and finds reward in simultaneous assignments. The senior editor can help develop internal university relationships and occasionally locate university resources to support the Futures Lab. The editor may also assist the lab director and other practical experts in projects that test new platforms for journalism and advertising.  

News industry experience is a must.  The ability to code using Python, JavaScript, Amazon Web Services,  HTML5 and other tools is highly desirable. The successful candidate will like to learn and be a self-starter, so he or she is continuously updating their own personal knowledge and skill base.

The positon will require creativity and flexibility as job duties will shift as RJI seeks to be at the forefront of mobility and artificial intelligence application in the news industry. This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled professional who loves to keep learning and who wants to teach and work at the intersection of news and technology.

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Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, videography, or a related area.

Experience with news or documentary production, podcast skills, coding knowledge or ability to learn, work in a deadline environment, ability to work well as part of a team and effectively guide and train students, interest and knowledge in innovation and new technologies.

Other Information

In 2008, the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute – a center for discovery, development, testing and sharing of journalism innovation – launched the Futures Lab. The Lab provides resources to turn ideas into practical products and acts as a venue to test new journalism and advertising technologies. The Missouri School of Journalism prides itself on the “Missouri Method,” which is steeped in students learning by actually practicing the profession.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.



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