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100 Days in Appalachia is seeking a knowledgeable, creative and motivated part-time copywriter and audience engagement strategist to help shape the editorial voice and social strategy for our award-winning publication in online and social media.

The ideal candidate has a talent for crafting stylish headlines and copywriting with experience in copy editing and social media strategy for digital media and can work collaboratively with our team of editors, writers and reporters, as well as other project partners, to create a fresh, consistent voice across our digital platforms. The copywriter will also assist with selecting/editing visual elements for news and social media products that effectively support that voice. Dependent on contract, he or she will also be responsible for contributing to the creation and curation of content for our weekly newsletter and other community engagement projects.

The part-time copywriter will have a passion for supporting storytelling that digs into the complex sources of and state of the divides within Appalachia but also cultivating difference-bridging storytelling and community-building among diverse audiences.

100 Days in Appalachia is a digital news publication that serves both national and international audiences seeking new insights and rural context for the political fractures that resonate across many American communities. Incubated at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media Innovation Center in partnership with WVPB and The Daily Yonder, our mission is to push back against the national narrative of the region that has reduced it to a handful of narrow stories and amplify the missing voices and unique perspectives of Appalachia.   

To apply send a resume, cover letter and writing samples to digital managing editor at editor@100daysinappalachia.com. 

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100 Days in Appalachia and West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media seek a full-time Visiting Practitioner-in-residence for a position beginning in January 2020.

100 Days in Appalachia and West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media are seeking a unique candidate with an enthusiasm for exploring the journalistic and scholarly worlds of Appalachian culture and identity and a passion for sharing new media and documentary storytelling techniques with professional and future journalists, artists, writers and storytellers.

This high-profile position will be a two-year, full-time appointment, responsible for the development and integration of 100 Days in Appalachia’s skills and perspectives into University classrooms, from journalism to the humanities to the arts. The practitioner-in-residence will build on existing cross disciplinary partnerships and recruit additional faculty participants from selected humanities departments to participate in developing the new social documentary/film curriculum, with an emphasis on teaching visual storytelling and innovative documentary styles.

The practitioner-in-residence will also serve as a member of the editorial team of 100 Days, working closely with publication managers, editors, reporters and editorial partners to create and curate documentary and multimedia content.

This part editorial, part faculty position will aid in designing, promoting and producing development and training workshops in new social documentary storytelling techniques and technologies for University faculty, students, community members, publication partners, and working professionals in collaboration with the College of Media faculty and a digital humanities advisory group that will also include community advisors from the region. Over the two-year period, he, she or they will also convene with faculty to engage in multi-platform storytelling and production to share ideas for teaching these skills and techniques in their courses and support curriculum development for a proposed new interdisciplinary major.

We are seeking diverse candidates with relevant professional and/or academic experience who excels in one or all of the following areas:

  • Visual storytelling, producing, editing, documentary/multimedia content
  • Communicating innovative new humanistic social documentary practices
  • Incorporating methodologies and approaches from the humanities to deepen and narrate complex stories

 The college values intellectual diversity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse students and colleagues.

Qualifications:

This position requires a master’s degree in Journalism, Media Studies, Communications, or a related relevant field, and significant industry experience in one or more of the areas listed above. Collegiate level teaching and experience in curriculum development and management are strongly preferred.

Applications:

Applicants are required to present a cover letter, contact information for three professional references, and a current CV that includes a link to a website that contains examples of the applicant’s journalistic and creative work. Review of applications will begin September 30, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please apply here.

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