Deputy Photo Director, Features

Dow Jones
NEW YORK, New York
Oct 23, 2019
News & Journalism
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

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Job Description:

The Wall Street Journal is looking for a Photo Features Deputy. This is a senior leadership role, overseeing a team of photo editors, covering a wide range of photographic assigning, research and production for the WSJ features desks: Life & Arts, Off Duty, Mansion and Review. These content areas combine a need for bold, stylish digital display on our mobile and desktop platforms, with a strong print requirement.

You will be responsible for maintaining a sophisticated and distinct photographic language for each individual section and facilitating an innovative visual approach to the creation and surfacing of our online content. You will attend weekly section and art meetings and will work closely with chiefs, digital editors, platform and Apple News leads, the Features Art Deputy, section art directors, graphics, video and audience colleagues on weekly as well as long term coverage. The role will include the conceptualization of print covers, themed and special sections and overseeing workflow and production flows for the teams. You will conceive, pitch and develop new and special projects in conjunction with the different sections, teaming up with partners from the greater visuals team for multimedia storytelling, experimental formats and tools. You will mentor and train photo editors and oversee the budgets for their content areas.

You will report to the Director of Photography.


  • Maintain a very high quality of photographic assigning and research, resulting in impactful print layouts and strong digital builds.

  • Lead the features team in the production of innovative visual story builds, collaborating with digital editors, art directors and developer colleagues.

  • Demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills and an ability to balance short and long term projects across several different sections.

  • Show knowledge of the trends and developments in the fields of fashion, travel, food, interiors, arts and culture - and how competitors are working with this content particularly on mobile format.

  • Manage a team of photo editors, providing constructive feedback on projects and professional growth.

  • Promote a diverse and exciting group of photographers and subjects with an eye to our young and new audiences

  • Work with platform and Apple News leads on planning and platform scheduling and strategy as well as digital builds

  • Manage budget effectively with quarterly check-ins.

  • Keep stakeholders apprised of all projects by maintaining departmental project lists and attending relevant meetings to ensure all milestones and editorial requirements are met.

  • Help direct and create new workflows and processes in a fast-paced, global, and networked newsroom.

  • Recommend and lead change where required to strengthen the team and the journalism.

  • Work closely with the Director on broader departmental and organizational projects.

  • Work in close partnership with other visual, strategy, product and engineering leadership.

Job Requirements

  • At least five years of experience leading or collaborating closely with a team of visual and text journalists and editors in a magazine or newsroom setting

  • A strong understanding of the WSJ take on fashion, food, still-life, real-estate, travel, arts, technology and cultural coverage.

  • Must demonstrate excellent news judgement and an expansive understanding of mobile-first experience and design.

  • A creative vision and enthusiasm to share and collaborate on new ideas.

  • Experience with people and performance management, or equivalent experience.

  • Experience managing change, creating new processes and workflows.

  • Prior experience in a newsroom, with excellent news, data and design judgment.

  • Some knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript useful.

  • Good knowledge of building stories for mobile devices.

  • Excellent organizational skills using Google tools, Slack, and Microsoft Office.

  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment.

  • Experience building consensus and motivating different personalities and teams.

  • Able to work quickly and efficiently under tight deadlines.

  • Able to train reporters and editors to learn new skills that will contribute to their visual storytelling.

  • The initiative to take on and learn new tasks in a fast-moving environment.

  • Excellent communication skills.

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Business Area: NEWS/WSJ

Job Category: Art/Graphics Group

About Us

The Wall Street Journal is a global news organization that provides leading news, information, commentary and analysis. The Wall Street Journal engages readers across print, digital, mobile, social, and video. Building on its heritage as the preeminent source of global business and financial news, the Journal includes coverage of U.S. and world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports, and health. It holds 38 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism. The Wall Street Journal is published by Dow Jones, a division of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).

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Req ID: 18952

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