Job Title: Instructor

Full Time/Part Time: Various sections available

Regular/Temporary:  Temporary

Posting Type: Concurrent

Department/Program: Journalism

Description of Position:       

The Langara College Journalism Department is seeking instructors to fill positions ranging from a single specialty topic to half-time, three-quarter-time or full-time teaching load beginning September 2018.

Langara is Western Canada’s oldest journalism program and has graduates working at media outlets throughout B.C., across Canada and around the world in print, radio, television, online, in public relations and as freelancers. The Journalism Department is staffed by prominent, professional and dedicated instructors. The department offers a one-year Certificate program for students with a bachelor’s degree and a two-year Diploma program for students who do not have a degree. The program retains its original high reputation for fostering strong print newswriting skills but now embraces excellence in all media platforms.      

All candidates should indicate which of the following courses they feel qualified to teach. They should spell out what teaching load and combination of courses they prefer.

Courses are normally taught between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., with some flexibility required in order to integrate evening field trips or reporting assignments.

Required Qualifications:     

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in professional, paid journalism
  • Teaching experience at the post-secondary level and master’s degree in a relevant discipline are preferred
  • Applicants with the most current experience and who demonstrate strong familiarity with evolving models of journalism and the use of multiple platforms for reporting, including social media, are preferred.
  • Candidates applying for full-time or near-full-time positions should indicate their interest in and qualifications for leadership roles in the future. The department, like the industry, continues to evolve, and candidates for these positions should be prepared to demonstrate the competencies and the vision they have for taking the department forward.

Layout and Digital Design (half section in fall term; half section in spring term)

In this course, students learn to design and lay out a newspaper page, particularly Langara’s weekly student newspaper, The Voice. This involves the practical considerations of placing photos and stories as well as the aesthetic considerations of what is pleasing to the reader.  

Qualifications: Thorough knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop, and experience designing pages for a news publication are essential.

A master’s degree and previous teaching experience are preferred, but extensive industry experience is also accepted.

Multimedia Production I (one section in fall term; one section in spring term)

Students are monitored closely and coached by the instructor, as they report for The Voice newspaper and website. They write news and feature stories, take photos, post stories to the website, as well as create news videos and podcasts for the website. Advanced Copy editing, Video and TV Journalism, and Audio and Radio Journalism run concurrently. Course material and instruction are to be coordinated among the instructors.

Qualifications: Applicants for Multimedia Production I should have a minimum of 10 years reporting and editing for a credible, medium to large news publication and website.

A master’s degree and previous teaching experience are preferred, but extensive industry experience is also accepted.

This course is not available to instructors already teaching JOUR 2278.

Advanced Copy Editing (one section in fall term; one section in spring term)

In this course, students learn how to undertake more challenging structural changes to stories, improve the story flow, and assess stories for gaps and omissions in information, fairness, good taste, libel, editorializing and other issues. Advanced Copy Editing runs concurrently with Multimedia II and acts as an adjunct course. The instructor and students take part in both courses.

Qualifications: Applicants for Advanced Copy Editing should have a minimum of 10 years reporting and editing for a credible medium to large news publication.

A master’s degree and previous teaching experience are preferred, but extensive industry experience is also accepted.

Data Journalism (one section in spring term)

In this course, students will learn how to recover, analyze, and qualify the masses of data inherent in a digital world, so that they can tell comprehensive and engaging stories. Students will identify what makes a good data story, organize and store the data collected, use spreadsheets, produce interactive graphics and maps, and collect and analyze data from open data sites, such as: CVS files, web scraping, FOI requests, and more.

Qualifications: Applicants for Data Journalism should have a minimum of 10 years’ experience as an investigative journalist in a credible news organization, and have extensive knowledge of research techniques using online data. Experience in finding, storing, visualizing, and presenting data is mandatory.

A master’s degree and previous teaching experience are preferred, but extensive industry experience is also accepted.

Mobile Journalism (one section in spring term)

In this course students learn to identify and use photographic, video and audio devices, apps, and other technologies that work best for remotely producing and posting news stories.

Qualifications: Applicants for Mobile Journalism should have a minimum of 10 years of some combination of shooting and editing for a credible news organization. A technical understanding of a variety of video apps, standards of video and audio quality, editing trends, and troubleshooting problems in the field is mandatory.

A master’s degree and previous teaching experience are preferred, but extensive industry experience is also accepted.

 Freelance (one section in fall term)

Students learn how to manage a freelance business, from identifying likely clients to marketing to finances. The course covers establishing a business plan, doing market evaluations, examining profit margins, managing income, and adjusting to the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

Qualifications: Applicants for Freelancing for Journalists should have a minimum of 10 years experience in mainstream journalism with extensive periods where freelancing was the main source of income. Other qualifications include: Experience with assigning freelance pieces, self-branding and promotion, understanding of tax law for a small company or sole proprietorship, and identifying and cultivating employment sources.

A master’s degree and previous teaching experience are preferred, but extensive industry experience is also accepted.

Journalism Research (one section in fall term)

In the first semester, students will learn how to find information on people, governments, businesses, non-profits and organizations. This course will cover the major tools used in journalism research, such as court and criminal record searches, social media, public databases, political donation documents, bankruptcy and SEC records, as well as filing Freedom of Information requests.

Qualifications: Minimum 10 years’ experience as a news reporter. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in accessing all types of information sources and resources, including criminal, government and business records. Applicants must be familiar with Freedom of Information/Access to Information law and application process, interpretation of budget documents, and interviewing skills.

Investigative Research (one section in spring term)

In the second semester, students will conceive and develop investigative projects, how to debunk fake news and authenticate content in addition to learning advanced interviewing skills.

Qualifications: Minimum 10 years’ experience as a news reporter. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in accessing all types of information sources and resources, including criminal, government and business records. Applicants must be familiar with Freedom of Information/Access to Information law and application process, interpretation of budget documents, and interviewing skills.

A master’s degree and previous teaching experience are preferred, but extensive industry experience is also accepted.

Deadline Journalism (one section in the spring term and a half section in spring term)

This course gives students practice in writing high-quality copy on deadline. The instructor generates assignments linked to current news events that students complete in class with coaching throughout.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants currently working in the professional media industry, who can demonstrate an ability to integrate breaking-news events into assignments. Knowledge of best newsroom reporting practices, strategies for reporting on complex documents and events on deadline, and familiarity with the patterns of typical breaking-news dynamics is essential.

A master’s degree and previous teaching experience are preferred, but extensive industry experience is also accepted.

Length of appointment: September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018

Start Date: September 1, 2018

Salary Range: Salary placement is on Langara instructors’ salary scale in accordance with qualifications and experience.

Employee Group: LFA

Application Information: Please forward your resume and cover letter, no later than 4:30pm of the closing date to “Apply Here”.

Competition No.: F020-18

Deadline: April 18, 2018

We thank you for your interest and advise that only those shortlisted will be contacted. Langara is committed to enhancing our diverse workforce.

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