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Graphics Editor

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10022973 Location Washington, DC, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Nov. 08, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

Department/Group Overview:

The National Geographic magazine (NGM) graphics group is responsible for the creation of original graphic content (information graphics, data visualizations, researched illustration, diagrams and charts) in a variety of formats for the web and print editions of NGM, as well as graphics for NG Daily News on the web. The graphic content created by the group is celebrated internally and routinely receives significant recognition at the profession’s annual competitions. The group’s work is featured along with that of National Geographic photographers and writers within NGM stories, and the graphics group works closely with those teams to conceive and execute their projects.

A Graphic Editor is a mid-career member of the nine-person National Geographic magazine (NGM) graphics group. They conceive, propose and create original graphic content (information graphics, data visualizations, researched illustration, diagrams and charts) using a variety of tools (2D and 3D illustration, photogrammetry, video and animation, audio, drawing and painting) at medium to small scales (from print magazine spread graphics to small charts and basic web graphics) for the web and print editions of NGM.

Working closely with their colleagues from the Nat Geo photo and text departments, a Graphic Editor conceives and proposes graphics within the storyteam structure, creating graphics that complement the photo and text coverage of the assigned topic. A Graphic Editor mostly works in tandem with story teammates from the Nat Geo cartographic department to structure their graphics to include that group’s custom-made maps. A Graphic Editor will sometimes partner with members of the interactives team to create more complex web versions of their graphics when the content suggests they do so.

While in the process of conceiving and developing their graphics, a Graphic Editor will learn to exercise independent editorial judgement regarding expert sources and data quality.

A Graphic Editor presents their graphic proposals to the NGM Editor-in-Chief and Executive Team at storyteam Coverage Plan meetings, as well as explains and fields questions about their graphics in Layout Review and Proof meetings. They also participate in the graphics department group critiques and brainstorming sessions.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role:

  • Conceive, propose and create information graphics for stories in National Geographic magazine for print and web, as well as for unique stories in NG web verticals.
  • Partake in graphics department group critiques
  • Represent graphics department long-term story planning meetings

Required Education, Experience/Skills/Training:

  • Education
    Bachelor’s degree in visual journalism, interactive storytelling, or similar; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience
    Minimum of three or more years as a junior graphic editor at a digital or digital/print publication required.  Proven experience executing projects within a team. Experience working with freelance researchers, illustrators or web developers a plus.
  • Creative skills
    Ability to create story narratives from data and/or independent research/reporting; creative visual thinking; storyboarding; sketching, drawing, painting; writing and text editing.
  • Technical skills
    Any of the following skills: sketching and drawing, painting, model-making, videography, animation, storyboarding. Data scraping and analysis; HTML, CSS, and JS; 3D modeling software, Adobe After Effects and other software in the Adobe Creative Suite. Mastery of any of the above preferred.



About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with National Geographic Partners PAY SVC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

National Geographic Partners PAY SVC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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