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Company: The Commercial Appeal
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
October 25, 2013
Job ID: 1530270

The Commercial Appeal is seeking a full-time photojournalist to produce stills, video and multimedia for the daily newspaper, digital platforms, zoned editions and projects. Duties will include covering news, features, business and sports as well as generating photo and story ideas. The Commercial Appeal values documentary photography and community journalism.   * Requires a degree in a news/media discipline or equivalent experience *1 to 3 years of experience as a Photographer. * Extensive knowledge of reporting practices and techniques, including issues involving access, privacy, libel and ethics. * Must be able to communicate clearly and openly with other employees. * Must be able to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers and the general public. * Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint). * Must be organized in order to stay ahead of the expected aspects of a beat: envisioning trends, preparing for possible detours and scheduling timely follow-ups. *Consistently able to meet deadlines. *Must be able to meet the moderate physical demands with respect to lifting; i.e. will routinely carry the tools of the trade to include a laptop computer, digital camera (lenses and equipment bag occasionally required), notebooks, maps, etc. Note: Visual specialists will routinely lift, carry and work with video camera and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. A high degree of mobility and immediacy is routinely required in reporting and photographing breaking news stories. *         Must have a valid driver's license, a good driving record, access to an automobile.  

About The Commercial Appeal: In 1841, when Memphis was only 20 years old, Col. Henry Van Pelt produced the first edition of The Appeal in the wooden shack where he lived. Printing it weekly on single sheets of paper, Van Pelt began an institution that 167 years later is the major voice of the Mid-south.

During the Civil War, the pro-Confederate paper chose to print its pages in exile rather than endure silently the Union occupation of Memphis. The paper moved first to Mississippi and then to Alabama and Georgia before Yankee soldiers destroyed its equipment. Within six months, Editor Benjamin Dill had returned to Memphis and started The Appeal again.

The Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878 devastated Memphis and reduced the Appeal's staff to two, but the newspaper continued to publish, earning the nickname "Old Reliable" from its grateful public. In 1923, The Commercial Appeal won its first Pulitzer Prize for efforts against the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. The newspaper received its second Pulitzer in 1994, this time for editorial cartooning by Michael Ramirez. With the advent of the Internet, The Commercial Appeal launched as its news and information website, and host of specialized coverage including the University of Memphis sports, Whining and Dining, the State of Q (Memphis-style barbecue), Faith in Memphis and Going Green. The website is the most popular local news site in the Memphis market. In recent years, The Commercial Appeal's coverage has received numerous awards including the General Excellence Award for best newspaper in Tennessee by the Tennessee Press Association in 2009 and 2010.     

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