Chief Photojournalist- WNBC

Posted: 10/2/2019

Location: Fort Lee, New Jersey
Function: Production
Specialty: Television & Film, Video
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive

The chief photojournalist works closely with the director of news operations providing support, and feedback including critiquing all aspects of electronic news gathering to a staff of experienced photojournalists. Must be extremely proficient shooting, editing and lighting. Adept at keeping abreast of new technologies that enhance our product and workflow. Must be a team leader working closely with other departments on station events. Must be an excellent photojournalist!

NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for nearly 75 years. The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team (I-Team) and the station’s weather team, Storm Team 4, committed to accurate forecasts and keeping Tri-State region viewers informed and safe.

  • Shoot and edit news for day of news broadcasts; shooting and lighting creative, interactive live shots.
  • Operate all ENG vehicles; satellite, microwave, cell sat, KA band. Proficient with streaming technologies Dejero and LiveU.
  • Work closely with director of news operations to establish standard operating procedures for photojournalists and provide on-going coaching and feedback.
  • Work closely with photojournalists by providing support in all aspects of their work, providing the equipment they need for shooting, editing and lighting.
  • Respond to troubleshooting calls in a timely fashion to avoid on-air discrepancies. Be the go to person for any issues regarding shooting, editing and lighting specifically Adobe Premiere, Panasonic P2 cameras; EnGo and LiveU streaming transmitters. Provide training for new technologies.
  • Document, update and implement best practice workflows for all newsgathering equipment.
  • Be part of a critique team, meeting photojournalists on a regular basis reviewing their work. Watch newscasts and critique our daily news product. Be a mentor communicating our standards and expectations.
  • Keep track of equipment discrepancies and facilitate their repair or replacement. Be the point person for all ENG equipment needs.
  • Work with fleet team helping to determine the logistical movement of vehicles to various garages and service vendors.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of News 4 community events acting as technical liaison to various management teams.
  • Keep abreast of new technologies to enhance and improve our news coverage and on-air product. Develop relationships with equipment vendors and facilitate demos.
  • Understand and help to ensure compliance for all company safety guidelines and EHS training.

  • Qualifications:
    •Degree in broadcast journalism/production preferred.
    •Minimum 10 years’ experience working as a ENG photographer in a large market.
    •Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to listen, provide praise and constructive criticism.
    •In depth knowledge of existing and evolving newsgathering technologies.
    •Good leadership skills.
    •Must be self-motivated, collaborative and possess a high level of creativity to tell stories with sound and images.
    •Take ownership of situations and lead issues to resolution.
    •Experience in logistics and special event planning and execution.

    •Must have a valid driver’s license.
    •Ability to lift 50 lbs. + of newsgathering equipment.
    •Must be available to work weekends, long hours or varying shifts when necessary to meet production and broadcast deadlines, 24/7.
    •Support fleet team overseeing WNBC vehicles located at various garages.
    •Perform functions of photojournalist covering shifts when need.
    •In depth understanding of newsgathering technologies: Bonded Cellular, KU and KA Satellite, Editing technologies (Adobe Premiere), File transfer, Microwave, RF, Panasonic P2 Cameras and associated accessories, Encoding, Communications technologies, HD video, internet technologies and Multi-camera Anchor remotes.
    •Partner with WNJU and share best practices.
    •*This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement between the Company and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians Union (NABET). Successful candidate will be required to join the NABET Union if not already a member and remain a member in good standing of that union.

    Eligibility Requirement
    •Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV through to be considered
    •Must be willing to work in New York City
    •Must be willing to submit to a background investigation
    •Must be at least 18 years old
    •Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
    •Must be covered by Solutions, NBCU's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
    •Must have a valid driver’s license

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