staff photographer/videographer

Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas

Date PostedNovember 14, 2017
IndustryNewspapers / Wires
Job StatusFull-time
Salary$50,000 to $55,000
Websitehttp://www.statesman.com
Description:

 

 Photojournalist Summary

Research and take accurate, timely, fair and unbiased news, news feature, business, sports and feature photographs and/or videos on a daily, deadline basis for the newspaper, its website and publishing partners such as Cox Media Group. Generate compelling, practical photo and/or video ideas that lead to publication. Develop and maintain sources that provide current and highly reliable information for visual publication. Work cooperatively with reporters and graphic artists to produce comprehensive coverage. Work scheduled shifts that may include days, nights, weekends and holidays.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual assigned to this position.  Job results and criteria are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job.  It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.    All requirements, however, are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.  Employees have the responsibility of notifying their Supervisor and Human Resources of any disability, which may require their position or responsibilities to be modified.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESULTS AND CRITERIA

Generate thoughtful, timely and practical photo ideas that break news, illustrate trends, give context and insight to news events or issues, profile people and help readers cope with their day-to-day lives. Develop these ideas into visual coverage that is accurate, compelling, and delivered for publication by an agreed upon deadline. In addition, take assignments follow them through to publication in the same manner described above. Published work must be competitive with all other print and electronic information sources in Central Texas, including other newspapers, television and radio stations and Internet sources. Whether measuring through individual photographs or as a body of work, the photographer’s published product should be of value to readers, improve the quality of the newspaper and meet the company’s goal of being the premiere source of news and information in the region.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum

Education/Experience 

Some college and some daily journalism experience. This may include experience gained through school publications and internships

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

Should understand the fundamentals and ethics of journalism. Must have a demonstrated ability to shoot news, news feature, and sports or feature photos. Should have a keen sense of vision and the ability to see and capture the commonplace in fresh ways. Should have a basic understanding of the technical aspects of photography, including color, field and studio lighting, electronic scanning, and transmission. Should keep abreast of technical changes in photography and, as needed, in newspaper printing (reproduction). Should have the ability to establish relationships and get along with sources, peers and supervisors. Should be curious, open to varying points of view, observant, persistent, quick, accurate and balanced. Should be well read and have a social conscience. Must be able to converse and write clearly in English. Must be able to gather and synthesize information to take accurate, timely, interesting and diverse photographs on a daily, deadline basis. Must possess good writing, spelling, organizational and communication skills. Must be able to gather information using a wide range of techniques including face-to-face interviews, telephone conversations, e-mail messaging, the Internet research and standard hard-copy records searches. Must have the ability to establish relationships and get along with sources, peers and supervisors. Must be reliable and trustworthy. Knowledge of Texas, Central Texas and Austin is an advantage.

Other

The photographer will be given work schedules in advance. However, news assignments could require weekday hours, night hours, and weekend and holiday shifts. The photographer must be able to quickly get to various locations in Central Texas during the day and at night and must be available to travel, if required. Must have transportation and a valid driver's license.

 

Preferred

 Education/Experience 

College journalism degree and six or more years daily newspaper experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Should understand the fundamentals and ethics of journalism. Must have a demonstrated ability to generate compelling, practical and publishable photo ideas. Must have a demonstrated ability to shoot a wide range of news, news feature, business, sports and feature photos, including personality portraits. Must have a keen sense of vision and the ability to see and capture the commonplace in fresh ways. Should be proficient in all technical aspects of photography, including color, field and studio lighting, electronic scanning, color correcting and transmission. Should have developed a specialty such as fashion, sports or studio. Keeps up with technical changes in photography and, as needed, in newspaper printing (reproduction). Should have the ability to establish relationships and get along with sources, peers and supervisors. Should be curious, open to varying points of view, observant, persistent, quick, accurate and balanced. Should be well read and have a social conscience. Must be able to converse and write clearly in English. Must be able to gather and synthesize information to take accurate, timely, interesting and diverse photographs on a daily, deadline basis. Must possess good writing, spelling, organizational and communication skills. Must be able to gather information using a wide range of techniques including face-to-face interviews, telephone conversations, e-mail messaging, the Internet research and standard hard-copy records searches. Must have the ability to establish relationships and get along with sources, peers and supervisors. Must be able to use PC and Macintosh computer equipment and photo-related applications such as PhotoShop to enter photos into the computer system and prepare them for editing and publication. Must be reliable and trustworthy. Knowledge of Texas, Central Texas and Austin is an advantage. 

 

Other

The photographer will be given work schedules in advance. However, news assignments could require weekday hours, night hours, and weekend and holiday shifts. The photographer must be able to quickly get to various locations in Central Texas during the day and at night and must be available to travel, if required. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver's license.

 

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:

The photographer must be able to use a notepad, a PC, a Macintosh computer, a telephone, voicemail, a smart phone, pager, a recording device, copying machine, camera and lighting equipment, scanners, laptop computers and a standard calculator. The photographer must also be able to effectively use the communications and pagination software systems that the newspaper relies on. These include Windows, Microsoft Office products, Netscape Communicator products, Adobe Creative Suite and Premier video production software and DT pagination software.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:

  •  Managing multiple tasks simultaneously
  •  Working under deadline pressure
  •  Working irregular schedules that include nights, weekends, holidays and overtime
  •  Working with computer equipment and electronic devices
  •  Working in remote locations, occasionally in inclement weather and under potentially hazardous conditions.
  •  Extensive use of computer
  •  Extensive use of telephone

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Lifts up to 40 lbs of equipment from ground into and out of automobile. Carries up to 25 lbs. of equipment in camera bag. Continual walking, getting in and out of cars, stooping, bending, kneeling, lifting of camera equipment. Occasional climbing and negotiating uneven and slippery terrain on foot. Continual daily exposure to extreme seasonal climate of area.

Vision

  • Near vision: clarity of vision at 20 inches or less
  • Mid-range vision: Clarity of vision at distances of more than 20 inches and less than 20 feet

Required physical activities:Standing, walking, talking, hearing, repetitive motions, lifting, bending, driving, daily keyboarding

Submit cover letter, resume and link to portfolio to photo@statesman.com attn: Nell Carroll/ Director of Visuals

 

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