Call for Op-Ed Writing Workshop Facilitators

Call for Op-Ed Writing Workshop Facilitators

Part-time, contract (4 positions available)


We have an opportunity for journalism scholars & freelance journalists to facilitate Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 4-hr media writing workshops. The workshops will include sessions on how to write op-eds as well as columns and personal essays at the following locations:

New York City
Los Angeles

Facilitators will have the flexibility to design the workshop and handouts in creative ways. During the workshop, facilitators will provide: hands-on guidance on writing structures, examples, opportunities to write drafts, and one-on-one feedback.


  • Offer guidance on writing structures and encourage participants to write 1-page drafts.
  • Provide basic edits and feedback on a range of topics that need media attention.
  • Create mentoring relationships with participants who will include academics, emerging fiction and non-fiction writers, grassroots organizers and entrepreneurs.
  • Coach thought leaders in ways so that they can share knowledge and frame ideas of public value.
  • Offer basic directions on how to pitch op-eds, columns, and personal essays to media.


  • The successful candidate will be educated to degree level at university.
  • 1-3 years of proven track record in writing op-eds, columns, and personal essays.
  • Demonstrated communication skills and experience in offering commentaries in the media.
  • Excellent listening and analytic skills (able to rapidly contextualize, compare, and contrast).
  • Willingness to learn, improve and share skills with authenticity.
  • Ability to guide students and address questions with patience, attention, and compassion.
  • Passion for teaching and journalism in both traditional and new media.
  • Ability to create meaningful relationships with scholars, writers, editors, and activists.

To apply for this exciting and challenging role, please forward your CV and a short covering letter indicating the location of interest to Dr Samita Nandy at

For more info, see sponsoring organizations:

Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS):
Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE):
WaterHill Publishing:

Application deadline: May 31, 2016