Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Spanish-Language Journalism

August 31, 2017

San Francisco State University, Journalism Department invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Spanish-Language Journalism beginning August 2018.

Qualifications: Candidates should have significant professional experience in Spanish-language journalism and/or Latino community, Latin American journalism issues. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or M.F.A, or equivalent terminal degree in journalism, communication or other relevant field.

The candidate should be an experienced and innovative storyteller who speaks and writes Spanish and English fluently. This candidate must understand how to develop meaningful content across all news platforms and have an active record of journalistic activity.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate how they have or will incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in their courses and/or scholarship/creative works.

Responsibilities: The position requires undergraduate teaching in topics listed above, mentoring and advising; developing an active ongoing program of scholarship or creative work within the field of journalism and; participation in the shared governance process through work in professional activities, committee work and student activities. The faculty member will develop curriculum that supports bilingual journalism and the coverage of Latino community and/or Latin American issues. Courses might include bilingual writing for media, sports media writing, specialized reporting, production, etc. Primary teaching assignments include but are not limited to courses in: newswriting, reporting, editing, long-form writing, digital news and publication. The candidate will help improve retention and create a career pipeline for Spanish speaking students. Detailed position description is available at journalism.sfsu.edu

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application process: Submit a letter of interest, a current CV, work or research portfolio, description of research and interests, names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Submit all materials in a single PDF document to Cristina Azocar, Journalism Department Chair cazocar@sfsu.edu. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to build a multicultural educational environment.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected category. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU.

Journalist Sylvie Sturm wins Otto Bos memorial scholarship

July 28, 2017
Sylvie Sturm/Otto Bos scholarship winner

A veteran, award-winning journalist returning to school to help herself and the news media muscle up for today’s challenges has been named the recipient of the Otto J. Bos Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism.

The winner is Sylvie Sturm, who currently works as the managing editor of Synapse, the student news website at the University of California at San Francisco. Already the recipient of an associate of arts degree and journalism certificate from Langara College in Vancouver, Sturm has enrolled at San Francisco State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Sturm has more than 15 years of print and online experience in the United States and Canada, including the Kamloops Daily News, Prince George Citizen Newspaper—where she became the first female managing editor in the publication’s 100-year history—and the Squamish Chief Newspaper. She also has taught English in Nicaragua.

The annual scholarship honors the memory of Otto J. Bos, who was a 1970 graduate of the department, editor of its award-winning newspaper (then named Phoenix) and an All-American soccer star. Following graduation, he covered politics and government for The San Diego Union. He became a key staff member of San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson, who later was elected a U.S. senator and then governor of California. At the time of his death of a heart attack in 1991, Otto was Gov. Wilson’s director of communications and public affairs.
Family and friends created the scholarship, which covers a full year’s in-state tuition fees – currently approximately $7,250. The department’s largest scholarship has been awarded to a current or incoming journalism student since 1992.
Sturm, who moved to San Francisco in 2014, said she is returning to school because the industry has changed so much since she earned her AA degree in Vancouver.

“I lost my last job when the daily newspaper I worked for shut down after 100 years,” she explained. “Journalism is all I've ever wanted to do since I was very young, so I didn't want to give up on it despite all the negativity around newspapers ‘dying off’ and such.”

In an essay submitted as part of her application, Sturm noted that journalism is facing huge business challenges and political attacks, notably from President Trump, who has described journalists as the “enemy of the people.”

Journalists themselves are to blame for some problems, including sensationalizing stories, lazy research and even faking news stories, she said.

“Trump also has the benefit of scorning traditional media when it’s seen as increasingly obsolete,” Sturm wrote. “Part of the problem is that the media did not keep up with the times. Consumers wanted something relevant to them. But instead of understanding consumers, the media became the cranky old man who resents those kids these days.”

Nevertheless, Sturm said society needs journalism more than ever, especially to stand up for people who don’t have a voice in society. While managing editor of the Prince George Citizen, Sturm launched an editorial campaign to get the police and government of British Columbia to protect Aboriginal women who, because of the lack of public transportation options, were forced to hitchhike along highways, where they were attacked and murdered.

The scholarship’s mission is to support meritorious students who are committed to journalism and public service. The applications are judged by a three-member panel comprised of former friends and colleagues of Bos. They include Lynn Ludlow, a retired journalism instructor, and Mike Grant and David Kutzmann, both of whom worked with Bos at The San Diego Union.

Golden Gate Xpress

Xpress Publications and its staff members are dedicated to providing an independent and accurate information source for the San Francisco State University campus and the greater Bay Area community.

The department hosts three student-run and managed publications: Xpress Newspaper, which is published weekly; Xpress Online, which is updated daily during the regular school year; Xpress Magazine, which is published two-three times a semester. These publications are designed to be lab courses where students can experiment with the latest trends in the field. Sometimes Xpress is way ahead of the field. A year and a half ago, for example, students in the magazine class developed an iPad application, something very few publications had done at the time. Faculty advisers are constantly encouraging students to push the envelope, but decisions always rest with the students. To serve on the publication, students must complete Jour 300, Reporting, with at least a C.

Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism

Founded at San Francisco State University in 1990 by former department chair Betty Medsger, the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism believes accurate and responsible journalism reflects the changing demographics of the society it serves. We develop programs and conduct research aimed at recruiting, retaining and revitalizing journalists and journalism educators. We seek to make journalism more inclusive from the classroom to the newsroom.

Digital Diversity Fund

The Digital Diversity Fund is a program of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism. It enables SF State journalism majors or minors to apply for funds of up to $3,000 to help underwrite the cost of obtaining hands-on experience in digital journalism that serves a diverse community. Applications are available in early October for spring.

The Digital Diversity Fund enables individual students to work on a special project that needs funding to make it happen and to provide access to skills training that is not available at SF State. The proposal is up to the student's imagination. It can be a project in the Bay Area or an internationally focused project. It can be something as simple as attending a training conference, class or workshop that teaches you digital skills you cannot get at SF State. It can be an internship at a news start-up in the Bay Area that is independently managed and is not affiliated with another university. It can be a piece of investigative journalism or other in-depth journalistic project.

Resume, Cover Letter and Career assistance

Every journalism student needs to have a resume, even if they have no journalism experience. Students can make appointments to have their resumes critiqued at any time during the year. Students may also receive help writing job, internship and cover letters. CIIJ will also assist you in discovering the career options of a journalism degree.


CIIJ is generally undertaking research projects all year long. Look for email notices of projects that you might like to participate in. Research assistance looks great in resumes and on graduate school applications.


Humanities Building, Room 307
Phone: 415-338-2083, Fax: 415-338-2084
Email: ciij@sfsu.edu
Website: http://ciij.org

Renaissance Journalism

The Journalism Department frequently partners with Renaissance Journalism and Storytelling Center, which sponsors strategic media projects addressing equity and social justice initiatives.

Founded by Prof. Jon Funabiki, the center sponsors fellowship programs, training activities and other events locally and nationally. A number of faculty members have been involved in such Renaissance Journalism projects as the Vietnam Reporting Project, LearningLAB, Reporting and Understanding Displacement Media Briefing and Imperial Valley Youth Voices summer workshop. Renaissance Journalism was founded in 2009 by Prof. Jon Funabiki. For more information, see www.renjournalism.org

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism prepares students for careers in journalism. This is accomplished by providing instruction that requires students to demonstrate a working knowledge of the skills, laws, ethics, power, and responsibilities of the news media. A strong liberal arts education also is required. The main goals of the program's skills courses are to help students become accurate and thorough researchers; precise and graceful writers; technically, aesthetically fine photojournalists; and competent digital technologists. Introductory courses emphasize the need to think and write clearly.

All students must complete 7 units of pre-major courses with a minimum C average before they take courses in the major. First-time freshmen interested in declaring journalism as a major can do so in their CSU Mentor application. If you are a transfer student, you must also fill out the application on Cal State Apply and indicate your interest in the journalism major.

Writing students are required to take introductory courses in research, reporting, writing, digital skills, and editing. Photojournalism students are required to take introductory courses in writing, digital skills, and reporting as well as courses in basic photography and news photography. All students are required to take two courses in multimedia journalism. Advanced journalism courses are more specialized—feature writing, depth reporting, public journalism, investigative reporting, computer-assisted reporting, advanced multimedia, magazine writing, design courses and visual journalism for writers and editors. To understand the role of journalism in society, students also are required to take courses in mass media, journalism ethics and law, and cultural diversity. Students are strongly urged to develop speaking, writing, and listening competency in a second language.