New York Times Associate Photo Editor in Los Angeles, California

Job Description

Wirecutter is seeking a full-time associate photo editor to assist in the production and management of photography and video assets for our deep-dive product reviews and recommendations.

The associate photo editor will be responsible for coordinating with writers and editors in the production of photography across a largely remote staff. Working out of our LA office, this role will include processing photos, coordinating shoots, as well as shooting products and product testing. A self-starter with strong aesthetic sensibility and technical knowledge is necessary, along with a passion for photography and journalism.

Our photography workflow involves tracking multiple pieces of editorial content at once, and making quick, on-your-feet decisions to efficiently produce and deliver assets. Communication skills are a must, abetted by a comfort with digital collaboration tools such as Slack, Google Docs, and Dropbox.

Video shooting and editing skills are major plus for this position. This role is part of a team which thinks of photography and video holistically, as tools that enhance the utility and visual appeal of our content.

Why you should apply:

As the Assistant Photo Editor you will work with a passionate editorial staff and photography team. You will have the opportunity to flex your creative muscles by growing the way we help consumers by pairing captivating visuals with rigorous independent journalism.

About The Wirecutter:

Founded five years ago by journalists fed up with the time and energy it takes to shop, The Wirecutter (which includes its sister site The Sweethome) developed a simpler approach to giving buying advice: just tell people exactly what to get in one single guide. The company’s purpose: to help people find great things, quickly and easily. Through rigorous testing, research, reporting, and whatever means necessary, they create straightforward recommendations that save readers from unnecessary stress, time, and effort. We then monetize these guides by enabling our readers to easily purchase the products they are interested in.

The Wirecutter was recently acquired by, and is now a subsidiary of The New York Times Company. As part of the acquisition, the Times is investing in The Wirecutter to accelerate its business through editorial category expansion, development of more robust product features and unlocking new revenue streams.

Responsibilities

  • Tracking multiple pieces of editorial content and coordinating photography for publication deadlines

  • Providing direction to non-photographer editorial staff shooting photos

  • Formulating and iterating on process and communication points

  • Create shot lists based on editorial content

  • Edit photos in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

  • Shoot photos of products and product testing

  • Coordinate with freelance photographers

  • Maintain archive of photography and address requests for photo assets from other departments

  • Assist in small-scale video productions

  • Work with photo/video staff to maintain aesthetic standards and pursue creative solutions in a unique and fast-growing editorial environment

Qualifications

  • 1-3 years experience producing and editing photography for an online publisher or media outlet

  • Experience taking direction from a photo editor or art director

  • Experience shooting natural and artificial light photography in a variety of documentary and studio scenarios

Relevant skills

  • Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (editing large volumes of photos, organizing large catalogs)

  • Knowledge of photographic principles–composition, lighting, exposure

  • Ability to articulate photographic principles to non-photographers clearly and specifically

  • Knowledge of lighting a scene with speedlights, strobes, and natural light

  • Combining graphical elements and typography with photos

  • Handling large volumes of discussion threads on multiple platforms (eg. email, slack, google docs)

  • Asset management and organizing

  • Knowledge of image file types, optimization for web, compression, resolution, etc

  • Knowledge of collaborative productivity tools (google docs, dropbox, slack)

Bonus skills

  • Video editing (preferrably Abobe Premiere Pro)

  • Video shooting (DLSR, mirrorless cameras, lighting setups)

  • Knowledge and interest in product review publications

  • Passion for photojournalism, editorial photography

Culture and benefits at The New York Times Company and The Wirecutter:

  • Though The Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways.

  • We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.

  • We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and The Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

  • We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Birth mothers receive 16 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.

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