American Public Media
  • SCPR, Content - 29TA
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary:


The visual journalist will play a lead role in shaping the visual strategy for KPCC. We're looking for someone who can produce compelling visuals tailored specifically for our digital and social platforms - whether that means producing a character-driven, narrative video, crafting an animated video explainer, or putting together a graphics-heavy Instagram Story. Your work will be integral to the audience experience and vice versa. Bonus points if you can demonstrate an ability to share your passion for visual storytelling with the rest of the newsroom.


This posting has an application deadline of November 24, 2017 (10pm PST).


Position Responsibility:

  • Be an advocate for KPCC's visual editorial strategy
  • Create platform-specific visual content, including video, motion graphics/animation and photos
  • Work closely with reporters, producers and editors to translate their stories into compelling visuals
  • Coach and inspire newsroom staff in the use of video, photography and graphics
  • Provide oversight of video production and still photo equipment
  • Assist with assigning and editing photo freelancers
  • Collaborate with digital product designer to ensure visual editorial content is consistent with the station's overall visual brand
  • Help monitor metrics both off-site and on-site for KPCC's visual journalism
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's in journalism/communications or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years of experience editing and producing platform-specific visual content
  • Experience with a wide range of camera and lens systems and experience using several different kinds of cameras
  • Experience training reporters, producers and editors with diverse backgrounds and levels of technical expertise
  • Extensive experience with Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop and Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro
  • Design knowledge including color, composition and typography
  • Portfolio of previous work that includes at least 3-5 examples of visuals made for a digital or social platform


Required Technical Skills and Other Competencies:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Knowledge of social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube
  • Interest in Southern California news and culture
  • In-depth knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud and encoding and transcoding for the Web
  • Familiarity with photo editing software
  • Visual asset management experience


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Documented teaching experience
  • Data visualization and graphic design experience
  • MA in journalism/communication


Reporting To This Position:        None


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions
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