CSJMM hires 3 Ninos and a Tiko

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

Susanna and I hosted a potluck dinner for all of the administrators, staff, and faculty at the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management, including the four women we were about to hire. Shortly before midnight, after having enjoyed a few . . . beverages . . . Nino, Nino, Nino, and Tiko signed their contracts and officially became faculty members of CSJMM. The three Ninos have the family names of Japiashvili, Orjonikidze, and Makhviladze. The Tiko is Tiko Nachkebia, formerly the coordinator of the public relations MA program at CSJMM. I am extremely pleased that CSJMM was able to hire such talented, energetic individuals for its journalism MA program.

Nino Orjonikidze (L) and Nino Japiashvili (R)

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.