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Photo Production Coordinator

Apply Now Apply Later Current 21CF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID R10010643 Location Washington, DC, United States Business National Geographic Date posted Mar. 11, 2020


The Photo Production Coordinator will work with multiple Photo Editors to support the research, development, and production of photographic stories and productions for National Geographic Media. This role includes the management of media assets for publication and distribution across print and digital platforms as well as to departments including Communications, Rights Clearance, National Geographic Image Collection, and National Geographic Society.

The ideal candidate is highly organized, has the ability to work independently, and is able to solve problems creatively. The position requires excellent research skills to assist in researching feature stories. The role requires advanced technical skills to maintain databases, utilize content management systems, create Keynote presentations, and publish content across digital platforms. The Production Coordinator also assists with coverage plans, budgets, organization of photo shoots, and legal paperwork including restrictions, releases, permits, carnets, and letters of introduction.


  • Pre-Production: Provide editorial and visual research in the development of feature stories for photo editors and photographers, using print and online sources; research costs and help define budget needs.
  • Production: Assist Photo Editors to provide production and field support including: booking locations; hiring local fixers; providing risk documentation; coordinating interviews; and securing visa, permits, and releases. Assist on photo shoots on location and at headquarters as needed.
  • Post-production: Oversee analog workflow and media management: create new projects in Media Grid; transfer files to K4 for layout; release final edits to Research department and writers; enter dummy and final captions for published and digital images; verify credit lines; transmit film and files to Engraving and Printing. Manage digital workflow and media management: uploading images and metadata into AEM, the CMS, and the Rights Management system. Serve as a liaison between other divisions of NG and NGP, providing information and assets to Communications; Marketing; Annual Contests; Exhibitions; and executive presentations.


  • BA required, preferably in Journalism or Photography.
  • At least one year of related experience.
  • Some experience with production for digital platforms like web and devices, literacy in multimedia and related ethics, and/or experience with social media for business.
  • Must be adept on a Mac and with basic software such as Microsoft Word, Filemaker Pro, and web browsers and have experience with multimedia software.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

About National Geographic:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.

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, LLC, which is part of a business segment we call National Geographic.

National Geographic Partners, LLC 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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