The UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media will soon be seeking applicants for the position of Asper Visiting Professor for 2021-2022 to join its high calibre journalism faculty and students.
UBC Journalism is a recognised leader in journalism education, research and practice. The successful candidate will have professional and teaching experience in contemporary and emerging fields of journalism, complementing and enhancing the School’s core strengths in digital, international, environment, Indigenous, and public policy journalism.
Details of the search for 2021-2022 will be announced in November.
The purpose of the Visiting Professor Program is to provide students with additional opportunities to learn from professionals from the field of journalism, as well as to provide the recipient with an opportunity to think and teach about journalistic themes and issues.
The Visiting Professor is expected to be in Vancouver for the duration of their contract. The duration of the appointment can range from two weeks to a full 13-week semester. The journalist will participate in teaching during the winter semester (either in Term 1: September to December or Term 2: January to April), either contributing to existing courses or teaching a new course, interacting with students and delivering one public talk.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Substantial experience in journalism across platforms (print, broadcast and digital)
- A proven record of editorial leadership in the field of journalism
- Exceptional storytelling skills that integrate text, video, photo, graphics and data
- A passion for training the next generation of journalists at a time of significant change in the media
- A track record of working in a collegiate and collaborative environment
- Capacity to contribute to a technology-enriched and community-engaged educational setting
The School of Journalism provides office space and administrative support, a robust research setting with high quality Master’s students and contact with other professors in the School, at UBC, and in neighbouring universities.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience of teaching and mentoring journalism students at a graduate level. The candidate will be selected by a hiring committee composed of the School’s director and faculty.
Current Asper Visiting Professors:
CBC journalist and author
Topic: Decolonizing media practice
Health columnist, The Globe and Mail
Topic: Health reporting
Past Asper Visiting Professors:
Topic: Visual journalism and international reporting
Journalist, filmmaker, artist and writer, Rada Film Group
Topic: Diversity, equity and inclusion in visual storytelling
Senior fellow, Atlantic Council and former NPR social media strategist
Topic: Visual journalism, social media
David Dunkley Gyimah
Video journalist and senior lecturer, University of Westminster, London
Topic: Innovations in video journalism
Former CBC and NPR investigative journalist
Topic: Investigative journalism
Producer/shooter for VICE News
Topic: Innovative approaches in reporting on HIV/AIDS
Past Canwest Visiting Professors:
Journalist-entrepreneur known for his Regret the Error blog.
Topic: Trends and issues regarding media accuracy and verification
Executive Producer, SBS Radio Living Black
Topic: Indigenous reporting
Founding Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong
Topic: China 2.0: The New Digital Superpower
Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Topic: Integrated Journalism
Editor, The New York Times and independent writer
Topic: Arts and Culture Journalism
Director, CBC Radio 3
Topic: Arts and Culture Journalism
Topic: Advanced Video Story-telling
Topic: Database & Visual Analytics Journalism
Bureau Chief, CBS News Johannesburg
Topic: International Reporting
Documentary Maker, Columnist, Vancouver Sun
Topic: Current Affairs
Investigative Journalist, Toronto Star
Topic: Advanced Reporting
Producer, 60 Minutes and CBS News
Topic: Investigative Journalism
Science Journalist, Senior Writer with Canwest newspapers
Topic: Science Journalism
Former Washington bureau chief, former CBC National News foreign correspondent
Topic: Broadcast Journalism
Investigative Journalist/Producer, BBC Television
Topic: Television Current Affairs and Human Rights