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California Engagement Editor

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Los Angeles, California

The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking a California Engagement Editor to serve as a thought leader in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process.

Since 2012, the Center has partnered with reporters and news outlets across California to build community engagement into their investigative and explanatory journalism projects. The engagement editor mentors and supports local reporters, their news organizations, and community partners in California to design an engaged journalism process that centers community questions, experiences, and ideas for solutions to produce reporting with greater local impact, informing journalism that reflects community concerns and priorities. The Engagement Editor travels throughout California to support newsrooms with on-the-ground engagement in their communities. This role calls for someone who is enterprising, organized and creative, who will keep up with community engagement approaches, and who is skilled in project and event facilitation management. 

Applications should be submitted via usccarreers.usc.edu and should include the following:

  • Resume

  • A cover letter (Our system will allow you to add additional documentation by clicking the “upload” button in the same section where you attach your resume.)

Additional Information:

  • This is a full-time (40 hours per week), grant-funded staff position

  • The salary range for this position is $57,000- $64,000

  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.

  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans; tuition benefits for staff and their family; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, transit subsidy program, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. For additional information, see our website: https://annenberg.usc.edu/.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 5 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Journalism experience. Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills. Skilled in narrative, explanatory and investigative reporting and able to undertake complex projects, including multimedia components. Adept at storytelling, weaving policy issues with compelling, people-based storylines. Demonstrated finely honed collaborative sense. Knowledgeable about California, its diverse population, its government and politics and its news media.


REQ20115412 Posted Date: 04/12/2022

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