Photo Editor

High Country News (Paonia, Colorado, home office or remote)

Posted 8 months ago

High Country News seeks an experienced Photo Editor who is equally comfortable with conceptual photography and reportage. The quality of our journalism is unsurpassed, and photography to match will be central to our magazine’s redesign, which debuts in January. We’re looking for photography that stops readers in their tracks and speaks to their emotions as well as their intellect.

The Photo Editor will collaborate with the art director and editors on art plans for complex and nuanced stories for our monthly print magazine and website, make and edit photo assignments on a tight budget, generate and pitch photo story ideas, and be savvy with photo research. Candidate must have print and web design and production experience, be able to meet fast-paced web deadlines as well as managing more in-depth projects, and be able to work within established brand guidelines.

We have deep roots in the West and seek a photo editor who understands the West as a region, has connections within the photographic community here and can bring new and diverse voices into our pages. We have a dispersed workforce and will consider applicants to work in our Paonia, Colorado, home office or remotely. Adobe Creative Suite proficiency and familiarity with High Country News are top requirements. Full-time, fully benefited position starts in mid-January. Email cover letter, résumé, clips and references to Photo Editor Job, Close date: Nov. 30. HCN is an equal opportunity employer.

General Statement of Duties: Leads the photo desk for print and web, and helps define and maintain the “unblinking journalism” vision of photography that is central to the High Country News brand. Works with Art Director, editors and writers to plan, research and assign or obtain photography for the magazine, and assists with design and production of the print magazine and website. Pitches and develops photo stories. Develops and maintains relationships with photographers, and elevates the profile of High Country News in the photographic community.

Supervision Exercised: None.

Supervision Received: Under the general supervision of the Art Director.

Example of Duties: The following duties are illustrative only and are not intended to be all-inclusive:

-Works with Art Director and editors to determine how best to present stories. Assigns both conceptual and reportage photography, with a concentration on covers, features and packages. Works with photographers to successfully plan and execute stories within budget and on deadline.

-Edits photosets and ensures captions enhance understanding of stories and are complete, accurate and grammatically correct.

-Contracts with photographers and artists to create original work for HCN. Pursues leads on diverse photographers and artists.

-Conducts photo and art research: Contacts photographers, artists, stock agencies, publishers and others to obtain high-resolution copies of their work and permission to use it; negotiates payment within HCN guidelines.

-Designs pages within general template of HCN. Makes adjustments as needed for editorial clarity and design appropriateness and cohesiveness. Produces work within established deadlines and standards for quality.

-Works with Associate Photo Editor on identifying and contracting for photo story pitches for magazine and web.

-Fills in on web team in Associate Photo Editor’s absence, working with Digital Editor and web team members to plan photography as needed.

-Assists in production of print magazine in Art Director’s absence, and as needed.

-Becomes familiar with and actively contribute to the implementation of HCN’s Diversity Plan as it pertains to this job.

-And other duties as assigned.


Special Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

-Knowledge of fundamentals of journalism and principles and practices of effective photojournalism and storytelling and editorial design for print and web.

-Understanding of complex storytelling and how best to complement it graphically.

-Proficiency in use of InDesign desktop publishing and graphics software, as well as web production and content-management software, and ability to learn and effectively use other software.

-Ability to enter data accurately and efficiently and produce work that is well done, complete and error-free, while managing the many responsibilities of the job and meeting established deadlines.

-Ability to create pages/materials within brand and design guidelines established by Art Director.

-Ability to manage art for large, multi-story packages and special issues.

-Ability to communicate clearly and in a timely manner, both orally and in writing.

-Ability to work together with a small, dispersed team in a civil, respectful and mutually beneficial way, for the good of HCN, its readers and the West.

-Ability to maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, staff, the Executive Director, contractors, freelance writers, photographers, artists and the general public.

-Understanding of the West and what makes it unique.

Education: Advanced training in the fundamentals of journalism and photojournalism, photo editing, desktop publishing, graphics and web software programs.

Experience: Five years’ photo editing experience. Familiarity with desktop publishing using Adobe Creative Cloud, including design and graphics. Newsroom experience a big plus.

General terms: This is an exempt, full-time salaried position based on 40 hours per week with flexibility required to meet workloads and deadlines. HCN salary grade 60.

Email cover letter, résumé, clips and references to Photo Editor Job,

High Country News is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. HCN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment opportunity (EEO) philosophy applies to all aspects of employment.

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