Photo Editor Position Description

Senior Leadership scholarship position – This position is awarded a scholarship for 2021-2022. All scholarships are determined by position, time commitment, responsibility, and financial budget determined in April. Specific questions about scholarship amounts may be directed to Kody Carbone – [email protected] or (801) 581-6397.

The Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief select a student to be awarded a scholarship to serve as Photo Editor of The Utah Chronicle.

Expectations & Duties:

  • Recruit and maintain photographers in consultation with the editor-in-chief. Responsible for making sure their staff of photographers receive onboarding paperwork and complete the process with the office manager in a timely manner.
  • Train photographers adequately in equipment checkout, editing and style techniques, journalistic practices and Chronicle technologies (WordPress and Slack).
  • Maintain regularly and delegate photo assignments from the photo request sheet. Work with section editors on how to best request feasible images.
  • Work with section editors on assignments and with production through the layout process. Submit final images to production staff.
  • Follow print budget weekly, and online budget daily.
  • Check photos for quality, journalistic integrity/ethicality, style, creativity and adherence to assignment request, ensuring they are submitted in time to meet both print and online deadlines.
  • Take photos for the section.
  • Come to all editorial board meetings ready to provide photo recommendations.
  • Hold weekly desk meetings for planning and training and regular one-on-one trainings with photographers.
  • Look at The Chronicle’s print and online editions daily for cutlines and captions and bring any problems to the attention of the editor-in-chief, managing print editor, and online editor.
  • Respond to problems or grievances with photo content or photographers in a timely, responsible, mature manner.
  • When photographers are not fulfilling their duties to the fullest of their expectations, hold a private meeting and gives them a verbal warning, but also make an effort to help them where they are lagging. If this does not solve the problem within a two-week period, there should be a formal meeting with the writer that includes the editor-in-chief.
  • Coordinate regularly with assistant editor to divide responsibilities and determine how to most effectively maintain the content flow of their team.
  • Makes sure staff of photographers is on call Monday through Friday, as well as when photo requests specify.
  • Works on photo essays and photos galleries throughout the semester.


  • Previous work and/or education and training in photography and photo journalism. Preference given to applicants with prior experience at the Chronicle.
  • Experience in all aspects of photography, photo reproduction, and photo editing.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of necessary software and tools used in digital photography.
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or previous management experience preferred.
  • Content management, audience engagement, editing, or other similar experience preferred.
  • Must be enrolled student progressing satisfactorily towards a degree.
  • Major or minor in art, mass communication, journalism, strategic communication, or similar preferred.

Application Process:

Applicants for this position will be reviewed during spring 2021 and interviews will be scheduled by the Editor-in-Chief The position is open until filled. The experiential learning term is May 2021 through April 2022. Please fill out the application below and follow all instructions for submitting the application and providing the necessary portfolio and documentation.

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