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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: August 1st, 2021
The Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley is widely regarded as one of the top journalism programs in the United States. The School offers a two-year Masters of Journalism degree to an enrollment of about 120 students at a time plus a summer journalism minor (in the process of expanding to an academic year minor) currently serving another 300 undergraduates. The school's emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of communication techniques while learning the highest standards of responsible and enterprising journalism.
The newly founded UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics will conduct research using psychedelics to investigate cognition, perception and emotion and their biological bases in the human brain. Psychedelic enthusiasm is currently outpacing good, in-depth research and reporting. For this reason the new center is partnering with the School of Journalism to help educate, inform and explain advances in psychedelic science, policy issues, cultural issues, and a fast growing psychedelic business sector for a national audience. The emphasis on public education will include a website offering rigorously vetted original and curated content covering scientific, political, business and cultural developments in psychedelics.
Under the umbrella of the Graduate School of Journalism, the UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship offers ten $10,000 postgraduate fellowships. The fellowship presents an opportunity for early and mid career journalists to report ambitious long form print and audio stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment, food and climate change, global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming.
Researches, writes, and edits high-level communications, publications, podcasts and other journalism projects that cover complex and sensitive subject matter including the science of psychedelics; assignments will include proposals, articles for publications, talking points, press releases, and website content.
Develops publications, web content and print/audio stories to meet communication needs of the Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics and the 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship.
Supervise and provide guidance to program staff, fellows, subcontractors and freelance staff.
Assesses submitted manuscripts and recommends materials to be published, including working with authors and fellows on developing material for publication.
Determines content and sources for publications and written work, conducts research and interviews (with multiple and sometimes conflicting sources), and ensures accuracy, clarity, and effectiveness of writing.
Edit and oversee design and production of a variety of print and online material in support of the 11th Hour Food Fellowship Program and the
Respond to media inquiries as appropriate.
Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation and advanced skills to write clear, lively, engaging, compelling and effective copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and the broader public.
Advanced knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.
Ability to quickly acquire in-depth knowledge of the supported programs and projects, including their mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, history, and policies.
Substantial experience as a working journalist, preferably at a news outlet, including experience as an editor. In-depth knowledge of the journalism industry.
Advanced skill in taking initiative to creatively identify and pitch story ideas to partners and news outlets.
Advanced research and fact verification skills.
Strong interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.
Advanced project management, organizational and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills.
Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills.
High proficiency in computer applications for publishing, image handling, and web production.
Thorough understanding of confidentiality standards in the field of journalism.
Bachelor's in related discipline and/or equivalent experience/training.
In-depth knowledge of issues in higher education and / or health sciences.
Master's degree in related discipline and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is a monthly paid (exempt) role. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.