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National Geographic Photography Resident (Project Hire)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 763895BR Location Washington, DC, United States Business Walt Disney Television Date posted Jul. 28, 2020

Job Summary:

National Geographic seeks aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds for a rigorous year-long employment opportunity. Participants accepted into this program will spend the year working in the Photo Department, mastering the editorial and production skills essential to success in the competitive, fast-paced field of multiplatform journalism.

The Photo Resident will report to the Deputy Director of Photography, and work with photographers, photo editors, writers, and designers. They will gain hands-on experience pitching story ideas, seeking talent, developing long-term projects, researching images, and producing shoots.

Additionally, the Photo Resident will have access to industry-leading professionals, as well as development and mentorship opportunities.

This is a Project position and employment will continue on this Project (at the company’s sole discretion), and in no event shall extend past the completion of the Project.


The position requires a sophisticated visual aesthetic, strong editing skills, and the ability to commission and research photo content reflective of National Geographic’s photographic standards.

The Photo Fellow is responsible for all facets of production including: researching and developing story ideas; pitching to the executive team; commissioning photographers; produce long-term projects, providing production and field support; researching and licensing stock imagery; and editing and publishing stories across all platforms.

They will cultivate and maintain relationships in the photo industry; and seek and recruit photographic talent to National Geographic.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 year of relevant professional experience
  • Excellent visual taste; extensive knowledge of photography and photographers
  • Keen editorial sensibility, and ability to make editorial judgments/superior news judgment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate with creative minds and work across departments
  • Ability to work independently, and to problem solve creatively
  • Experience in digital journalism and proficiency in social media is a plus

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

Preferred Education

  • Degree in journalism, photography, or another related field preferred

About Walt Disney Television:

Walt Disney Television (WDT) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, WDT offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, WDT includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.

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 ABC, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Television.

ABC, Inc. 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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