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Assistant Specialist - Investigative Reporting Program - School of Journalism

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Departmental Overview:
The Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, established permanently in 2006, formalizes pioneering work begun in 1991 in the seminars taught by Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter and producer Lowell Bergman, then a CBS investigative reporter and 60 Minutes producer.

Funded almost entirely by private grants and gifts, including a chair endowed by the Reva and David Logan Foundation, the IRP functions both as a specialized graduate-level training program and as a non-profit newsgathering operation, generating stories for major broadcast, print and online outlets. This is a one-year academic appointment expected to begin as soon as possible and potential for extension. This is full-time position.

Key Responsibilities:
The incumbent will assist on a full range of IRP projects and be responsible for tasks throughout the filmmaking process. Pre-production responsibilities include, but are not limited to, performing research, interviewing sources, and analyzing public records and documents. During production, the AP will coordinate logistics for reporting and documentary travel, manage equipment, and sometimes participate in on-location filming. Post-production responsibilities include media management, preparing sequences for an editor, archival research, and fact- checking. The AP will also participate in writing and editing stories for multiple media platforms.

The IRP Staff AP position is ideal for someone eager to contribute to many projects in a variety of ways and expand their skill set.

Basic Requirements:
Bachelor degree in journalism or equivalent degree, and at least one year professional experience at time of application.

Additional Requirements:
Proven ability in journalistic research methods (e.g. interviewing, records searches) Demonstrated proficiency in video and audio production skills and equipment use Experience using Avid or Premier

Preferred Qualifications:
Prior experience in investigative reporting and record of successfully reporting on complex issues in the public interest

Applicants will be chosen based on their qualifications, as well as their potential to contribute to the success of IRP projects. Contributions to diversity and equal opportunity are also valued in the selection process.

Salary and Benefits
The payroll title for this position is Assistant Specialist with a full-time annual salary range of $48,204(step 1) - $50,244 (step 3). Step will be determined at time of appointment based on prior experience.

This appointment will qualify for University of California health and welfare benefits at the full level. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

To Apply
Complete an application at: Applications must include the following:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae or resume,
• Electronic copies of three work samples as links to video or radio samples and PDFs (not links) of print/web stories
• Contact information for three reference. Letters of reference will be only solicited for finalists.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

This position will be open until filled.

Please direct questions to Hanna Knight at

The University of California 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, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Curriculim Vitae or resume

  • Work Sample #1 - Link to video or radio sample or PDF (not link) of print/web story

  • Work Sample #2 - Link to video or radio sample or PDF (not link) of print/web story

  • Work Sample #3 - Link to video or radio sample or PDF (not link) of print/web story

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)