The Media Relations Specialist will help drive engagement with reporters, editors and producers at news organizations around the country to proactively tell the story of the research, education and impact that has long made the University of Chicago one of the worldâ™s leading higher education institutions.
The role is an integral part of a small but growing team in a fast-paced environment that requires flexibility, resourcefulness and a meticulous attention to detail. The role is responsible for reviewing news reports in the early morning (6 am â“ 8 am) and quickly creating a summary that is reviewed by senior staff and then distributed to University leadership. It will require a sharp eye for news, an understanding of trends, and a strong grasp of institutional priorities.
The person in this position will work directly with reporters locally, nationally and internationally, supporting all aspects of the story pitching process. With support from senior staff, the media relations specialist will use databases and other assets to research news organizations and determine which outlets and reporters might be most likely to cover a particular event or story. The role includes managing the media relations email system, including building media lists and sending releases.
The role requires building bio pages for faculty and integrating those pages into a new website that helps media on deadline quickly find and connect with relevant experts. This task requires managing spreadsheets, tracking updates, fact-checking pages and coordinating with multiple University units.
The ideal candidate for this position is a fast and efficient worker who can take direction, make independent decisions and quickly switch gears. Candidates should have the skills required to work directly with national and local reporters and be able to make the case for why a particular story warrants a reporterâ™s time and attention.
Scanning news reports and building an executive briefing for faculty and leadership
Researching media contacts and building lists of reporters
Sending press releases and story pitches, and following up with phone calls to reporters and editors
Building faculty bio pages for new website
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative, organization and attention to detail
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
Strong interest in current events, experience following the news, and a fluency in public affairs
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required
2 â“ 3 years of experience in media relations
All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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