Visual Editor at ProPublica

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 10:32 AM
    Message # 9262053

    ProPublica is looking for a creative, empathetic and ambitious visuals editor to join our editorial visuals team. This position is full time and includes benefits. It will be based in ProPublica’s New York office, but we are open to remote applicants who are a great fit.

    ProPublica’s investigative journalism does more than expose wrongdoing and injustice; we intend for it to spark real-world change. The photo editor will work closely with the art director and the rest of the visuals team to find compassionate, incisive and original approaches to reportage that rises to the level of the dedication of our fellow journalists. We’re looking for someone with exceptional abilities to understand and interpret complex investigations, and to facilitate a meaningful and resonant presentation of a story. This role requires individual creative initiative, collaborative curiosity, enthusiasm and a rigorous commitment to the impact-based mission of ProPublica.

    A successful candidate will have extensive experience commissioning outstanding visuals, such as illustration and photography, with a commitment to diversity and inclusion and care for the health and safety of those working in the field.

    Here are other kinds of skills and experience we’re looking for:

    • Familiarity and confidence with assigning to not only photojournalists, but photographers, directors and visual artists.
    • Experience with editorial illustration, with attentiveness toward diversity and inclusion. Familiarity with assigning to established agency-represented illustrators and new talent, as well as having a creative enthusiasm to confidently assign artists without editorial experience.
    • Initiative and clarity in sourcing and originating visually driven narratives.
    • Demonstrated experience with developing networks among visual journalists, cultivating new talent and identifying opportunities for strong partnerships with existing organizations.
    • Ingenuity with content strategy, novel story formats and creating meaningful work outside the boundaries of precedent.
    • Confidence with wire and archival photo research, as well as demonstrated competency negotiating licensing rights and mastery of copyright.
    • Familiarity with compiling visual storyboards and writing creative project briefs.
    • Familiarity with visual design tools like Photoshop, Sketch, etc.
    • A good working knowledge of HTML and CSS. Experience with JavaScript, Sass and other dev tools/languages is a plus but not required.
    • Familiarity working with a modern web-based CMS like WordPress or Craft.

    Although the person in this position will work on projects across the newsroom, they will work especially closely on our new joint effort with The Texas Tribune.

    Because this is a news environment, the ideal candidate should also have confidence in working on multiple projects simultaneously with fast-paced deadlines often. Great time-management skills are a must, but even more important is a commitment to being a great colleague and a respectful human being.

    Do you have something else you can bring to this job? We’d love to hear about it. Tell us about how your skills amplify what we need from this role. We know there are great candidates who won’t fit everything we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

    ProPublica is dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of the ProPublica staff.) We’re committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

    What you should send us:

    The application form is here. The most important part of it by far is your work examples. Typically that means your portfolio, but if you don’t have one, please send links or screenshots of projects you’ve worked on or contributed to in some way and describe your role in detail. You don’t have to have been the lead. We want to know what worked, what might not have and how your contribution fit into the context of what was needed for the project.

    Any questions? Email Lisa Larson-Walker.

    Deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 5, 11:59 p.m. EDT.


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