JOB: Photo Editor at Wash Post


The Washington Post, Photo Editor/Assistant Photo Editor – D.C.

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post is hiring for a News Photo Editor and an Assistant Photo Editor.

The News Photo Editor will help to maintain and improve the overall photographic direction of the Washington Post daily print publication and website. The News Photo Editor will participate in editorial planning meetings related to all photography for the primary news sections and will contribute to the overall photographic direction of the newspaper through the use of staff photographers, freelance assignment photographers, and wire and photo agency research. The News Photo Editor will work closely with news designers and top editors to create the most effective visual display for Post readers.


— Works closely with the Photo Director and Deputy Director to conceive and execute excellent daily news photography for the organization.
— Reflects the Photo Director’s vision in working with the assignment desk and working with staff and freelance photographers, other photo editors, and agency photo researchers.
— Responsible for the visual impact of his or her photo editing and research in the news sections.
— Works in a team atmosphere with other editors in effectively assigning and producing original photography daily.
— Researches and procures existing photographic imagery from wires, agencies, archival and personal collections.
— Works within the prescribed budget provided by the Photo Director and Deputy Director.
— Obtains and delivers photography as well as accurate credit and caption information on deadline.
— Negotiates usage rights, issues contracts, and obtains all necessary forms and invoices.
— Works closely with design team and editors to insure an environment of creative collaboration.
— Participates in pre-press color review process when needed.
— Cultivates and maintains contacts with freelance photographers and agencies.
— Possesses up-to-date knowledge of photography, along with a solid understanding and command of journalistic principles.
— Works closely with online photo editing team to provide input and relevant imagery for the website.
— The News Photo Editor reports to the Photo Director.

Desired Minimum Education and Work Experience:

— 5 years professional experience working in a large newspaper or magazine photo department.
— Proven ability to produce successful photography and conduct superior photo research on tight deadlines Bachelor’s degree in photography, fine art or journalism.
— Must be able to work independently without supervision on deadline.
— Must be able to multitask and work within a prescribed budget.
— Must be able to be pro-active and initiate creative problem solving.
— This position requires extensive knowledge of photographers and photographic styles, along with an eye for outstanding photography and the ability to develop and execute narrative news imagery.
— This position requires strong visual, interpersonal, and negotiating skills.
— Proficiency in PhotoShop and Photo Mechanic on Mac and PC platforms.
— Experience working in a CMS environment.
— Knowledge of all styles of photography and familiarity with multimedia storytelling.

Qualified candidates are invited to send a resume and cover letter to MaryAnne Golon (  or Shirley Carswell ( by Aug. 30. The Post offers an outstanding, progressive benefits package, including: Health and dental benefits, flexible health care and dependent care spending accounts, 401(k) and company-funded cash balance plan, life and disability insurance and tuition reimbursement.


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