Associate Photo Editor

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Job Description

Our mission is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means original journalism is at the heart of everything we do. It's why we have a newsroom that's 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It's the foundation behind our investments in innovation and technology, all driven to deliver a world-class digital and app experience. And it's at the core of our business strategy, to focus on digital subscription growth and lessen our reliance on advertising. In other words, make journalism so good that it's worth paying for.

The New York Times marketing department is seeking an associate photo editor who reports to the head of photo + art buying. The marketing team operates within this world-renowned, 160-year-old organization. As The New York Times is a mission-driven organization, a respect for journalism and its role in society is vital.

Job Summary

You will be part of the photo editor + art buying team and as such, are a shared company resource and are looked to as thought partners and knowledge centers for image solutions. All the while keeping our global, diverse and multigenerational audience in mind.

You will be researching and providing newsroom editorial images to help shape the marketing and brand teams concepts into commercial visual opportunities while ensuring the work submitted is on brand and showcases The New York Times's highest standard of photography, video or illustration.

You will be knowledgeable about copyright and rights issues as they pertain to editorial and commercial images. You will work closely with the team lead and our New York Times legal team, vetting issues and concerns about copyright, IPs, right of publicity and any ethical questions for their ultimate clearance for marketing use.

  • Execute on a wide array of briefs and projects, often under parallel deadlines, working independently and collaboratively with other photo editors, art directors, designers, project managers and marketers.
  • Document and track all visual assets and their related documentation and legal releases with Google sheets and our DAM - Portfolio Extensis for team visibility and transparent information workflow. You will need keen knowledge of Portfolio Extensis and Net Publish or similar software.
  • Focus on curating and submitting a diverse range of photo and video research in keeping with our diversity, equity and inclusion goals for photo, video and illustration along with diverse subject matter for a range of differing and overlapping marketing campaigns for use in a variety of channels and platforms including print, OOH, broadcast, email and social media.
  • Be a fast, resourceful, experienced image researcher, adept at searching on The Times's internal databases such as Merlin and Photon as well as external sources.
  • Responsible for all aspects of photo and video legal clearance. You will be tasked with clearance of all visual content with a thorough knowledge of copyright law, publicity rights and IP concerns to ensure that all visual assets legal compliance and copyright requirements are met and meticulously documented for marketing's use.
  • Negotiate the commercial rights and fees for marketing use of stills, videos, audio and illustration, leaning into the team lead where needed.
  • Responsible for concise communications and outreach to clear any third-party issues seen in assets including subjects such as minors or celebrities, our Times journalists, locations, institutions or other IPs with oversight from legal or team leads.
  • Assist the photo art buyer team where needed with coordinating photoshoots, sourcing and assigning external illustrators to fulfill the creative team's visions.
  • Mindfully build collaborative and effective working relationships across marketing teams, especially with our art directors, designers, project managers and marketers, and The New York Times newsroom.
  • Act as an ambassador for the photo art team both internally and externally.

What You'll Bring:
  • Strong and concise communication skills.
  • Organization and meticulous attention to detail.
  • A love and passion for photography, film, illustration and visual storytelling.
  • A solid understanding of the creative process within an advertising agency or marketing organization.
  • You will be up to date with evolving technology including the emergence of new standards, software and devices, and should possess sound technical skills, along with a facility and passion for learning new tools and processes.
  • Proficient with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge as well as other image-handling software. Perform basic editing (cropping, color correction, resizing) in Photoshop and Bridge.
  • A clear understanding of copyright/intellectual property laws especially for clearance of editorial images for commercial use.
  • Expert photo research skills and excellent working relationships with photo agencies such as Getty Images, Storyful, Adobe Stock, Reuters and Associated Press.
  • Strong attention to detail, with expertise in Google Sheets, Slides and Docs. Well-versed in creating complex asset trackers for complex projects.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • The ability to problem solve to expedite the assignment but with the smarts to seek input via team lead.
  • The role favors a highly organized, easygoing, adaptable, autonomous and collaborative working style, a solid negotiator, an enthusiastic, versatile team player willing to bring inspiration and ideas to fast-developing projects and assignments.
  • A minimum of five years in a marketing department or related field is required.


Working knowledge with Final Cut Pro and Air Table

Experience with assisting photoshoot production

Bachelor's degree


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.