Job ID: 169006

Lecturer and Teacher-Special Programs Pool - Journalism - Graduate School of Journalism

University of California Berkeley

  • Oct. 6, 2021
  • Lecturer and Teacher-Special Programs Pool - Journalism - Graduate School of Journalism
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Journalism

Lecturer and Teacher-Special Programs Pool - Journalism - Graduate School of Journalism

J212 Advanced Audio 33% time appointment (3 teaching hrs/week)

This class has students produce narrative, long-form audio stories. Students will learn the fundamentals of creative audio including finding, mapping, and planning narrative audio stories; understanding the pitch process for either radio or podcasts industries; audio interview skills; and script writing for the ear. This class will leave students with a strong foundation for entering the emerging field of creative audio industries for radio or podcast.

J222 Interactive Narratives 33% time appointment (3 teaching hrs/wk)

This course explores new and experimental story formats for news, which can include longform scrollytelling, non-linear narratives, vertical video, motion graphics, animation, live blogs, timelines, bot and chat apps, interactive data visualizations, virtual reality or augmented reality, and innumerable other approaches to storytelling in the digital age.

The course will ideally involve the use of one or more of the following technologies: Adobe Premiere, After Effects, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, virtual reality (and the respective software to create these experiences), 360 video cameras and software, or other technologies that the candidate may demonstrate for students. The instructor will have agency to choose which forms to explore, and can bring in guest speakers in the field to speak on some of these approaches. Candidates will have access to an existing syllabus to use as a guideline.

J298 Data Journalism 33% time appointment (3 teaching hrs/wk)

This course focuses on the basics of Data Journalism as a branch of investigative reporting. The candidate will be asked to focus emphatically on accountability reporting through data-driven journalism, and to be proficient in teaching students how to mine datasets for stories that are compelling, authoritative, and ground-breaking. The course may provide students with technical expertise some of the following: Basic statistics; open source (OSINT) investigation techniques; data cleaning/analysis; web scraping; and software such as R Studio, Python, SQL, spreadsheets, OpenRefine, Machine Learning, GIS, or SPSS/PSPP. In addition, the course should focus on the fundamental principles of data analysis and visual presentation, and how to acquire, process and interview data.

J260 Investigative Reporting Seminar 33% time appointment (3 teaching hrs/wk)

The aim of this course is to explore methods and strategies for conceiving, reporting, writing, and fact-checking investigative narratives. The course will provide students with a thorough grounding in the entire investigative process through a series of lectures and discussions, supplemented by assigned readings. Over the course of this class, students will be asked to produce a fully developed story pitch for an investigative project of their choosing. The pitch will consist of a memo that covers the central hypothesis and importance of the story concept, a summary of what's already known about the subject, a breakdown of the most pressing questions to attack first, a detailed rundown of possible public records requests, a comprehensive list of possible sources, a detailed discussion of the policy context behind the story idea, and a proposal on what is the best method for telling this story.

J298 Intro to Narrative 33% time appointment (3 teaching hrs/wk)

This course is a writing workshop that follows the process of researching and writing a single long piece of narrative journalism: finding and pitching story ideas; reporting in depth and at length; outlining and structuring the story; choosing a narrative voice and strategy, crafting leads and overtures; and forging connections between the story and its larger contexts. In past iterations of this course, students worked as editors on each other's ideas and pieces. The course includes reading exemplary pieces of narrative journalism each week decided by the instructor. Students are responsible for completing a draft and revising a substantial piece by the end of the term.

J220 Intro to Coding 33% time appointment (3 teaching hrs/wk)

This course teaches students web development skills and code literacy. Beyond the specific skills they learn, students should gain a more well-rounded understanding of crucial technologies that influence the news industry. The class places a big emphasis on HTML and CSS, with respective design skills. It should also cover introductory fundamentals of programming using either JavaScript, jQuery, or other frameworks. By the end of the course, students should know how to conceive and construct a special feature news package that displays rich dynamic content, and communicates a story through visual and interactive media. Other topics that this course may cover include command line interface, GitHub, Bootstrap or other CSS frameworks, Node/NPM, Docker, or any number of other package installers or frameworks for constructing news packages.

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