Academic-Freedom Journalism Position Opening at ‘Chronicle of Higher Education’

By October 1, 2008

JournalismJobs.com and MediaBistro.com have posted a job opening in academic-freedom journalism being advertised by The Chronicle of Higher Education:

The successful candidate for this full-time, Washington, DC-based position will demonstrate enthusiasm for and knowledge of the debates over academic freedom roiling college and university campuses; how campus politics affect professors’ ability to teach and do research; and how religion, politics, and activism affect tenure, research, academic publishing, and faculty governance.

He or she will scoop the competition at breaking news, write insightful analyses that connect the dots, and develop enterprising features that advance stories and set The Chronicle apart.

Applicants should have 510 years of relevant experience and a demonstrated ability to break news and meet daily assignments as well as to generate ideas and produce mid- and long-range feature stories. [...]

Job applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and at least three clips to: Josh Fischman, Senior Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1255 23rd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 or you can email those materials, including clips (no links to clips, please) to josh.fischman@chronicle.com. The subject line of the email should read "Job Applicant." NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

I wish that FIRE itself could interview for the position! We have the enthusiasm, we have comprehensive knowledge of the issues, we regularly scoop the competition, we regularly write such analyses and features, and, since we are approaching our ten-year anniversary, we soon will be able to demonstrate a full decade of relevant experience (multiplied by the years of experience of our growing staff). But I somehow suspect The Chronicle wants to hire an individual.

We hope that FIRE friends will put out the word so that the best candidates come forward for consideration. If The Chronicle is indeed intending to have this reporter take a serious and objective look at the threats to academic freedom on campus, it would go a long way in helping FIRE solve the problem.