Who will they be?

CSJMM will soon hire three faculty members. We’re looking for people who are either good professional journalists or good professional media managers. Applicants don’t need teaching experience because USC faculty members will help them learn how to teach. Nor do applicants need research/scholarship experience because, again, USC will train the new hires. We want people with experience. And the salary is good—equivalent to a newsroom salary.

In the United States, many talented journalists would be happy to become faculty members in a School of Journalism and Mass Communications. With news organizations cutting their staff again and again, some journalists are either without a job or they are doing the work of two people. Not only would journalists like a secure job, but in my experience, they also think teaching journalism is much easier than practicing journalism. But it isn’t. To do any job well takes passion, commitment, creativity, and hard work.

Unlike a school in the United States, the CSJMM may not get dozens of applications. So we are being proactive. We are making a list of the best journalists and media managers in Georgia and then we are calling each person. We will tell them that by working at CSJMM they would have a chance to make a huge impact on young people’s lives. Our students want to become ethical journalists working for a free press in order to ensure that a democratically elected government serves its people. We are going to invite these professionals for a cup of coffee and explain that by working for CSJMM they would be able to shape the next generation of journalists and media managers in the three southern Caucasus countries: Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. We are going to appeal to their professional pride and to their patriotism.

Wish us luck in our search. If we can hire good journalists and media managers, they will truly make a difference.

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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