Temporary Job

Visuals Editor


Washington, DC 06-04-2024
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  • Paid
  • Temporary
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
Visuals Editor III - Temporary

As a member of the Visuals Team, the Editor III will be primarily focused on editing and producing content for NPR's International team. The editor will primarily work on commissioning and editing photography and illustration for all NPR platforms. This editor may also work with other teams depending on news and enterprise needs. This is a temporary position and ends Nov. 29, 2024.

NPR Visuals is focused on creating and distributing content that reflects and serves America. We work with teams across NPR, our member stations, and content partners to tell stories and engage audiences on, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and other visual platforms.

This is a union represented role covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA.

• Commission and edit original photography and illustrations for NPR.
• Work with photographers, illustrators, agencies and vendors to process contracts and invoices from assignments.
• Direct photographers in the field.
• Coordinate with security team to ensure the utmost preparation, training and safety of our photojournalists in the field.
• Innovate, execute, assess and iterate visual projects for all platforms.
• Edit, research and license images for all NPR platforms including, Instagram, YouTube, and emerging platforms.
• Work to build and strengthen relationships with photographers you are directing through briefings, support, regular contact and feedback
• Focus on working with a diverse range of topics and photographers, keeping our audience in mind
• Demonstrate strong editorial judgment
• Collaborate with reporters, writers, editors and producers to identify visual opportunities and coverage lines.
• Handle photo imaging, captions and credits for stories you edit.
• Attend meetings as needed with the Visuals team, desks, podcasts and shows.
• Contribute to planning and creating strategic efforts to effectively reach new and existing audiences on digital platforms
• Research, pitch, write and produce stories for NPR's visuals vertical, The Picture Show.
• Coordinate with member station journalists and other content partners to acquire, publish and distribute visual assets for NPR and other public media platforms.
• Effectively represents the interests and capabilities of NPR visuals with colleagues across the company
• Occasionally photo edit breaking news stories or large scale news events.
• Uphold the highest standards for NPR's visual journalism and storytelling.
• Stay up to date with NPR broadcasts, podcasts, reporters, news wires, competition and internal communications to make sure our visual storytelling is optimized and smart.
• Additional duties as assigned by your manager.

• Experience working on International stories

• Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university with a specialization in film, video, media production, photography or journalism preferred.

• Photographic storytelling experience, preferably with a major network or newsroom, studio or creative agency.
• Mastery of Adobe Creative Cloud programs related to video and photo design. (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere).
• Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent time frames and changing priorities/conditions.
• Demonstrated commitment to increasing audience diversity.
• Be well versed in copyright and ethical journalism practices.
• Extensive experience in content management systems.
• Excellent communication and writing skills.
• Excellent organizational skills to handle multiple assignments across different teams and timelines.
• Have a strong interest in current events.
• Ability to work independently and with members of a cooperative team.

The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties and skills. Other duties may be assigned, and this job description can be modified at any time.

• Hybrid Permitted: This is a hybrid permitted role. Some aspects of this role include duties that are better performed at an NPR facility. The employee will be required to be onsite at the Washington, DC office at least 10 days a year. The employee must also reside in an NPR supported location based on the number of onsite days they choose.

• This is a temporary (6-month) full time position.


Hourly Rate: The US based anticipated hourly rate for this opportunity is $54.08 per hour. The rate displayed reflects the hourly rate NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.

Benefits: NPR offers access to comprehensive benefits for employees and dependents. Regular, full-time employees scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week are eligible to enroll in NPR's benefits options. Benefits include access to health and wellness, paid time off, and financial well-being. Plan options include medical, dental, vision, life/ accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, short-term disability, and voluntary retirement savings to all eligible NPR employees.

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The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.

NPR Pay Range

$54.08 - $54.08 USD

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Salary Details
Salary: $54.08 Per Hour ($ USD)
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