Journalism instructor openings at Laurier Brantford

The journalism program at Laurier Brantford has two job postings open now for part-time instructors. You can find the official postings here (click on the link for Laurier Brantford) but I thought I’d provide a bit of context for them below.

The first is for an instructor for JN252 Technical Skills: New Media, which will run Wednesday nights from 7 to 9:50 pm in the fall semester. Ideally, we’re looking for someone who’s passionate about online journalism and can teach students about reporting with all of the digital tools used in newsrooms today, from social media like Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and Storify, to real-time blogging tools like Scribble and publishing tools like Scribd (of course, this is not an exhaustive list!). It’s not just about the tools, though: we also need someone to teach students how to decide how best to use the available apps and tools in a way that’s useful and meaningful for readers and viewers.

The second posting is for an instructor for JN/HR212: Journalism and Social Change, which will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2:20 pm in the winter semester. This course is meant to look at the relationship between journalism and democracy and in particular how journalism can be an agent of social change. Ideally, it will look at public journalism and activist journalism movements and give students a chance at producing this kind of work themselves.

For those who don’t know, Laurier Brantford is about an hour’s drive from Toronto. Via Rail offers a few trips per day in and out of the city, and the station is just a few blocks away from campus. Similarly, it’s about 20 minutes from Hamilton and an hour’s drive from either London or Kitchener-Waterloo, so it’s a very easy commute for anyone coming from outside of Brantford.

The deadline for both postings is July 17.