Teaching Assistant (TA) International Reporting Program
University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Vancouver, BC

Job Description: Teaching Assistant (must be a UBC student)

Faculty: School of Journalism
Course: JRNL 555A

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International Journalism is a competitive-entry course at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. This course addresses the need for student journalists to gain experience in the field of international reporting while honing their research, organizational and technical skills. Students develop multimedia projects, and enhance their critical analyses of current global issues as well as their aptitude in digital technologies.

This program brings journalism master’s students around the world together to study comparative global reporting practices and collaborate on a major project.

This project involves master’s of journalism students at the University of British Columbia in Canada, partnered with master’s students at five partner institutions around the world. The students pair up in small teams, to report on a chosen topic each year. For 2019-20, the topic is global primary education:

The UN’s Millennium Development Goal called for “achiev[ing] universal primary education,” and the subsequent Sustainable Development Goal calls for "Ensur[ing] inclusive and equitable quality education and promot[ing] lifelong learning opportunities for all.” There have been varying successes and failures in achieving these goals, and the International Reporting Program intends to report on these efforts, with an eye towards presenting to a global audience an analysis of progress in providing education to children worldwide.

The course includes three hours of class time per week, and significant out-of-class reporting for the students.

The Teaching Assistant would provide support to both students, faculty and staff members, and must be available to offer guidance and support to students both in class and during project reporting. The Teaching Assistant is also expected to lead some workshop sessions during class time and provide support, guidance and assistance as needed.

Duties: The Teaching Assistant will assist course instructors by helping to prepare materials for class sessions; providing some instruction to students in discussion periods, tutorials, lectures; supporting students with their projects; assisting professors with course administration, online teaching tools and with library work; marking assignments; providing academic assistance to students during office hours; communicating with international students; and, leading some workshop sessions during class time

Rates of Pay
GTA 1 (PhD) - $32.53
GTA 2 (Masters) - $31.30
** The total number of hours will be changed subject to the final decision of the instructor **

** The hourly rate is subject to change based on the latest announcement from CUPE 2278 **

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Familiarity with the profession and practice of journalism
Ability to work independently-Ability to communicate effectively
Foster collaboration among student/faculty cohort-Ability to complete tasks on deadline
High level proficiency with digital tools and media literary
Ability to prepare teaching materials
Capacity to provide academic and technical assistance to students
Familiarity with the course topic is a plus

Job Type: Part-time