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Job Oppurtunity: Scholar-­in-­Residence at Youth Radio

Youth Radio seeks a meticulous and intrepid researcher to study the activities of a dynamic team of young people creating media stories and mobile apps at Youth Radio, Oakland’s Peabody Award-­‐winning production company. The researcher will get to collaborate with our MIT Media Lab partners, who are building tools that put the power of mobile computing and digital media into young people’s hands. Mozilla is in the mix too, helping us to inspire and recognize youth learning through hands-­‐on production.

 

The role? Scholar-­in-­Residence. It’s a bold idea. We’re embedding a researcher inside our community-­‐ based, youth-­‐driven organization to generate knowledge, findings, and curriculum models out of this space. Your research will inform the academic literature and advance the field of digital media and informal STEM learning. All of it is funded by the National Science Foundation and other generous supporters.
You’ll be working inside Youth Radio’s Innovation Lab, launched in 2013. In collaboration with professional mentors, young people in the Lab combine their top-­‐flight journalism and app development skills to create dynamic new storytelling tools and platforms. The Lab is driven by the strong conviction that young people are creators of knowledge, not just receivers; that they are story-­‐makers, not just subjects; that they are technology developers, not just users; and that they are researchers, not just researched.
 
Research mentorship will come from MIT investigators, our professional evaluators from Rockman et. al., and Youth Radio’s own Research Director, Elisabeth Soep (PhD Stanford and member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Research Network).
 
You will:
• Review relevant literatures
• Develop study design and methods
• Carry out fieldwork and data collection (IRB approval has already been obtained)
• Manage reflection blog to share insights from the team as they arise
• Collaborate with a team of youth to create curriculum modules to share the Innovation Lab
model
• Analyze data and share findings with Youth Radio, MIT teams, interested audiences
• Publish papers and present at national conferences •
Collaborate with the external evaluators to develop common instruments and collect shared
data.

 

Requirements:
• MA in relevant field or equivalent experience, ideally on the path to PhD or with PhD in hand
• At least one year of education, social science, or information research (combination of
qualitative and quantitative methods would be ideal)
• Excellent study design, field work, data analysis, curriculum development, and writing skills
• Proven ability to coordinate projects with lots of personalities and moving parts
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team that includes young people as lead producers
• High energy!

 

Bonus:
• Previous teaching or producing experience with teenagers and/or young adults
• Familiarity with academic literatures related to learning through STEM involvement and digital
media production
What we’ve got:
• Great outlets with global visibility and audience
• World-­‐class advisors, partners, and mentors
• Talented young people (14-­‐24) and adult professional writers, producers, editors, and engineers
• Gorgeous 4-­‐story building in the heart of downtown Oakland, steps from BART
• Track record as the nation’s premier producer of youth-­‐generated content for public media
Position/Salary/Timing:
• Four-­‐to-­‐six month, part-­‐time position with negotiable hours (heavy on afternoons), and potential for renewal and/or growth
• Compensation commensurate with experience
• We’d like to fill the position by the end of March

 

Submission Package:
Cover letter, resume, names and contact info for three references
Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.