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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 Senior Photo Editors in the research, development and production of photographic stories and photo shoots for the National Geographic print and digital platforms. This role includes supporting activities around the management of media assets on various platforms including but not limited to, video production, social media branded sites, and internal, regional, and global departments including Communications, NG Image Collection, NG Society, Rights Clearance, etc. The ideal candidate has the demonstrated ability to work independently and in an organized fashion, make editorial judgments, and problem solve creatively. The position encompasses technical, creative, organizational and administrative tasks. It requires excellent research skills to assist in researching and crafting magazine stories and advanced technical skills to support and create visual presentations. Organizationally, it requires the ability to maintain comprehensive databases, experience with software related to photography and publishing, and literacy with journalistic ethics, multimedia, and publishing on digital and social media platforms. Administratively, it requires acting as a liaison between the senior photographic staff and multiple other internal and external groups, maintaining multiple schedules, assisting with budget, coverage plans, organization of photo shoots, and necessary paperwork including restrictions, releases, permits, carnets, and letters of introduction.


Research and Budgeting

  • Provide editorial and visual research and creative brainstorming, for the development of long form articles for Photo Editors and photographers using print and online sources.
  • Create and monitor budgets for commissioned assignment and stock package photography.

Pre-production story management

  • Work directly with the assigned photographer, providing production and field support as needed including booking locations, arranging for local managers, risk documentation, coordinating interviews, securing visa, permits and releases, etc. Assist on remote photo shoots and those at headquarters as needed.

Post-production story management

  • Coordinate the digital and analog workflows and multi-media management: create new projects in Media Grid, release final trays to research/legends, transfer files to K4 for layout, enter dummy and final captions for published and web images, verify credit lines, transmit film/files to Engraving and Printing.
  • Organize and archive image releases and restrictions for future use.

Digital production

  • Handle digital production for Photo Editors' online stories-e.g. entering all images and metadata into AEM and the content management system, and Rights Management systems. Assist editors as needed with promoting stories on social media and other story platforms.
  • Design and produce digital layouts and assist with writing HEDs/DEKs
  • Help develop special projects by working with mobile storytelling team

Story liaison and Administrative

  • Serve as a liaison between other divisions of NGS and NGP, offering expertise, information, and assets for ongoing photographic projects for such diverse projects as communication and advertising campaigns, gallery shows, presentations, etc.


  • Experience in editorial development, publishing, or photo production required.
  • 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 (or able to learn) on a Mac and with basic software such as Microsoft Word, Filemaker Pro, MediaGrid, Dropbox, and web browsers and have experience with multimedia software including MediaPro, Lightroom, Photomechanic, etc.

Knowledge and skills required:

  • Understanding of photography, videography, and mobile storytelling
  • Understanding of the editorial process from pitch to completion
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Media Pro, Premiere, Filemaker, Excel, and AEM
  • Experience with long form documentary visual storytelling; knowledge of photography business; strong visual taste
  • Ability to manage and communicate with many creative minds, personalities, and processes
  • Ability to collaborate across departments (photo, video, mobile, podcasts, social, communications)
  • Ability to plan and execute stories in a timely manner and meet expectations
  • Ability to manage several stories at once
  • Experience managing deliverables and asset information
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and resourceful, with the ability to work with minimal supervision and exercise independent judgement

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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