The Johns Hopkins University seeks an effective writer and communicator to report and write stories about the university and successfully pitch those stories to journalists, resulting in placements in high-profile traditional and new media outlets both domestically and internationally.
The media relations representative promotes understanding and appreciation of the university by developing engaging stories about the university and about faculty and students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, other schools and divisions, and, where appropriate, across divisions or throughout the university.
The media relations representative will cultivate strong working relationships with reporters, editors, producers and hosts in print, broadcast and online newsrooms. Similarly, the media relations representative will develop strong working relationships with faculty members, staff members and students of the university and with colleagues in the Office of Communications and in other Johns Hopkins communications offices.
The media relations representative will also perform other duties as assigned in furtherance of the mission of the Office of Communications
–Find and report compelling stories about the work of the university and the activities of its students, faculty and staff
–Shape those stories in an engaging and appropriate manner into pitches, news releases, media advisories, expert lists, Q&A interviews, and other content
–Collaborate with colleagues as appropriate to create accompanying multimedia packages including video, audio, still images, infographics
–Effectively pitch stories and multimedia packages to secure placements in traditional and new media, with emphasis on high-impact national and international news media
–Develop and maintain productive working relationships with key journalists and with on-campus story sources and collaborators
–Contribute to university-owned news channels such as the Hub and further promote stories to the news media through social media
–Perform other duties as assigned
The ideal applicant will demonstrate the following:
Strong news judgment and reporting, writing and editing skills
Ability to shape complex information, including the results of scholarly research, into understandable and engaging content
Strong interpersonal communications skills
Strong organizational, multitasking, and time-management skills
Fast-paced, efficient mode of working and high productivity
Attention to detail and accuracy
Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends, as necessary)
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds
Additionally, the following skills are preferable:
Facility with A.P. style
Ability to work with web content management systems, particularly Drupal and/or WordPress
Ability to communicate effectively in social media
Ability to art direct or collaborate in acquisition of multimedia content to accompany stories
Ability to work in complex web systems such as news media databases or digital asset management systems
B.A. degree in relevant discipline
Two or more years of related experience in journalism, media relations, or communications
Additional education may substitute for required experience and/or education, to the extent permitted by the Johns Hopkins University equivalency formula.