DUKE LAW SCHOOL Communications Senior Writer (Writer, News Service, Level 11, Job Code 1258)
The Senior Writer assists in efforts to publicize Duke Law School programs, activities and achievements to the Law School community, the University community, the news media, and other key constituents. The Senior Writer coordinates, writes and edits stories about Duke Law School for print and electronic publication. The Senior Writer also assists in the development and implementation of media relations programs to build the Law School's national and international reputation.
Write stories that promote and support the Law School's mission
Report and write stories for publication on the Law School's web site and in our print publications, including news stories on Law School activities, achievements and events; profiles of Law School people, including alumni; and feature articles on trends in legal education, research and scholarship and the profession.
Establish and maintain relationships with faculty, staff and students to assist in the generation of ideas and development of stories.
Conduct interviews and research and fact-check as needed to ensure accuracy of written materials.
Work with photographer or artists to ensure proper illustration of stories.
Publish and promote stories on web site and social media.
Assist in developing and implementing media relations strategies
Produce materials for distribution to news media that publicize the Law School, including written materials such as news tips and media advisories and/or multimedia materials such as videos or online features.
Develop and maintain professional contacts with local, national and international news media, and identify and execute on opportunities to expand outreach.
Collaborate with University Communications and communications staff in other Duke schools and departments.
Respond to inbound phone and email requests from media representatives.
Track and promote media coverage of the Law School, including on social media.
Advise faculty and staff on media relations and publicity
Assist in the development of strategic public relations programs to publicize Law School events and activities and faculty expertise, including generating ideas for promotion and identifying opportunities for coverage.
Pitch media representatives on Law School programs and expertise. Assist with faculty- and staff-written op-eds and commentaries, including reviewing content and submitting to media.
Provide training and logistical support to faculty and senior staff working with the media as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideasan exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.
Work requires the ability to perform creative writing and relatedactivities such as conducting interviews and research, and copy editingnormally acquired through attainment of a bachelor's degree inJournalism, English or a related discipline.
Work requires one year of directly related writing experience.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE