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Director of Journalism Strategies

Job ID: 61895
Job Views: 1233
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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Job Category: Other
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 05.28.2021

Job Description

Primary Purpose:  The Director of Journalism Strategies directs, develops, oversees and coordinates an array of programs and investment strategies for Scripps Howard Foundation’s Journalism Fund using the SHF Strategic Plan as guidance and a trust-based philanthropy approach.  The director serves as the national journalism leader for the Foundation, cultivating and maintaining relationships with leaders in the field of journalism, journalism funding, and journalism education. 


Primary Responsibilities:


Leadership and Strategic Initiatives:

• Maintain a high level of expertise regarding the journalism industry, journalism education and journalism funding.

• Cultivate a diverse network of relationships with partners and thought leaders across the media landscape, including leaders in the field of journalism, journalism funding and journalism education.

• Provide research, reports, analysis, insights and recommendations to Foundation leadership regarding trends, changes and opportunities in journalism funding, education, training, etc.

• Collaborate to define and manage forward thinking and imaginative projects that advance the field of journalism, with a special emphasis on initiatives to train and support current and future journalists.

• Work with a team of board, corporate, and external representatives to drive the Journalism Fund Initiative of the SHF Strategic Plan.

• Represent the SHF in trade associations and organizations.


Grant Making:

• Lead Journalism Fund grant-making, using the SHF Strategic Plan as a guide for overall direction and emphasizing future industry needs.

• Manage grant-making processes.

• In collaboration with partners, oversee, promote, evaluate and continuously improve a wide array of ongoing programs and projects funded by SHF grants.

• Provide written outcomes analysis for Foundation leadership to determine effectiveness of programs and overall grant portfolio.  Recommend changes, additions and programs to eliminate.

• Maintain relationships with grantees. Identify and follow up on issues and opportunities, with special attention to schools and projects bearing the Scripps and Howard names.


Special Projects:

• Oversee Scripps Howard Awards competition, including program budget, continuously seeking ways to improve the competition and elevate the standing of the awards.

• In collaboration with partners, oversee, promote, evaluate and continuously improve a wide array of ongoing programs and projects.

• Manage Scripps Howard Fellowships.



• Provide oversight and direction to the employee(s), volunteer(s), and/or intern(s) working within the Journalism Fund, creating a workplace culture consistent with the Foundation’s vision, mission and values



• Assist in preparation of and oversees Journalism Fund budget.

• Gather, generate, and share with marketing and fundraising staff stories, outcomes, photos and other materials to publicize Journalism Fund’s impact.

• Assist with planning and materials for Board meetings, as related to the Journalism Fund.



The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff and Court TV Mystery. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”


As an equal employment opportunity employer, The E.W. Scripps Company and its affiliates do not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, color, religion, age, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, citizenship or national origin, and military membership or veteran status, or on any other basis which would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law. Furthermore, the company will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship for the company.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience/Certifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree; master’s degree or higher in education or journalism preferred

• 7 + years of relevant experience preferred


Skills and Abilities:

• Passion for journalism and the Foundation’s mission.

• Strategic, innovative and future-oriented thinker and planner.

• Ability to collaborate and build partnerships effectively with people from multiple institutions, organizations, associations.

• Self-motivated leader with demonstrated ability to plan, organize and evaluate programs, projects, and events.

• Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

• Highly organized with ability to multi-task and attention to detail.

• Effective written and oral communicator.



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