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Yakima Herald-Republic

Chief Photographer

Post Date:Sep 05, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - Washington - Yakima Job Reference:
Job Description:

The Yakima Herald-Republic in Yakima, Washington, is accepting applications for chief photographer.


The Chief Photographer has a solid grasp of trends and technical issues that might be developed for photo coverage online or in print, and coordinates and supervises the photo department staff. The Chief Photographer models the standard for photo excellence and creativity by serving as a contributing member of the photo team. The Chief Photographer ensures that digital and print initiatives are continually moving forward in terms of industry photo trends and innovative ideas, and ensures that the newspaper is consistently attempting to reach out to identified photojournalism opportunities.


Plans daily and weekly photo, video and social media coverage and meets with photographers regarding projects and assignments.

Supervises photographers, completes performance evaluations and coaches and critiques to maximize photo and video content.

Models the standard for excellence in photo and video journalism by serving as a contributing member of the department.

Serves as contact person when personnel scheduling or photo shooting scheduling conflicts arise.

Coordinates and assigns layout of certain special projects after consulting with the department editors.

Is consistently available to photographers, reporters and editors for consulting on planning, story development, and for coaching and photojournalism development.

Contributes to matching appropriate photographers to different assignments, and participates as appropriate in various newsroom teams.

Is responsible on a daily and weekly basis for reviewing all photo and video copy before it is sent to the digital team or copy desk for final edits.

Consults with the Editor and the Department Editors on major news projects, ethical issues, accuracy surveys and newsroom hiring.

Coordinates photographer schedules, and approves weekly time sheets.


Education: B.A. degree in photojournalism or related field, or equivalent experience.

Experience: One year newsroom supervisory experience and a solid photojournalism background.

Skills and Abilities: Ability to be organized and to manage numerous and varied projects at the same time. Demonstrated knowledge of photo coverage, and ability to coach both cub and seasoned photographers on outstanding photo and video content, as well as on ethical issues. Performs duties in a safe, careful manner.

Skill in Working With People: Must be able to organize, motivate, supervise, coach, critique, schedule and coordinate. Treats all individuals with dignity and respect.

Contact With Others: Extensive contact with the public, especially photo subjects, by phone and in person. Extensive contact with reporting and desk staff and other news department managers.

Work Direction Over Others: Direct supervision of photographers and indirect coordination with city and bureau reporters, as well as news desk copy editors for certain purposes.

Supervision Received: Must be able to work independently and in conjunction with Editor, Managing Editor, Feature Editor, City Editor, Sports Editor and News Editor. Must be able to collaborate and cooperate with Editor and Managing Editor on general direction of newsroom efforts and content, and be able to communicate to and lead photographers as part of this effort. Directly supervised by Managing Editor.

Pressure of Work: Must be able to coordinate many diverse projects and assignments at once. Must be able to respond to problems and to deal with the public on the telephone and in person. Must be able to prioritize many contending aspects of time, human resources, and photo space.

Scope: Use background and education to lead photographers in producing art that contributes to a comprehensive and compelling daily online and print newspaper that serves the community. Work cooperatively with the City Editor, the Feature Editor, the Sports Editor and the News Editor to ensure that photo and video coverage is comprehensive, consistent and compelling. Also ensure that communication with the Feature Editor and the City Editor is thorough, clear, and consistent and effective.

Impact: Serve as primary person who determines what photo and video opportunities are covered and how, and who ensures that photographers are working productively and to the best of their ability.

Working Conditions: Work in a spacious, well-equipped newsroom.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.


Please email resume and link to portfolio to City Editor Joanna The deadline is Sept. 15.

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Contact Information
Yakima Herald-Republic
Joanna Markell
114 N 4th St
Yakima, WA 98909
United States
Ph: 509 577 7751

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