Photojournalist / Live Van Operator

Job Title: Photojournalist/Live Van Operator

Reports To: Chief Photographer

Location: Anchorage, AK

Company: KTUU-TV

Position Type: Full-Time

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Grade Level/Salary Range: DOE

EEO Code: Technician

Supervises Others? No


Purpose: The Photojournalist/Live Van Operator is responsible for shooting video daily, operate the live van and broadband equipment and helping to facilitate daily live news broadcasts. Photojournalists are also responsible for editing video for broadcast each day, communicating with show producers, news reporters and other photographers.

Job Requirements


• 3 years previous news editing and photography experience is a requirement

• Previous edit experience with Grass Valley systems or equivalent required

• Previous ENG experience preferred

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Able to write and edit stories, work with reporters and assignment/planning desk

• Capable of gathering information and interviews when necessary; conduct online research

• Able to communicate clearly

• Ability to shoot and edit video in sequences and still photos that help tell the story for on-air and on-line

• Knowledge of lighting and use of natural sound

• Must possess the ability to shoot and edit on non-linear equipment, and to adapt to new technology

• Generate story ideas; identify potential stories; create and coordinate interviews

• Ability to operate news-related software is preferred

• Must be able to work well under pressure with limited supervision and daily deadlines

• Strong initiative and attention to detail is required

• Ability to remain positive and foster a positive work environment

• Understanding of and ability to follow and enforce the journalistic code of ethics

• Must be capable of working well with others in challenging work environments to produce the best product for the viewer

• Working knowledge of ENG trucks preferred

• Must be able to operate station vehicles as the need and situation dictate

• Basic knowledge of web posting software/CMS

• Basic knowledge of social media

• Must be capable of utilizing 3-point lighting or capable of learning the process

• Prefer NPPA style photographer

• Must be able to walk for extended periods while carrying equipment, carrying up to 75 pounds


• Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field preferred or degree in progress


• Valid Driver’s License and be insurable

Essential Functions:

• Shoot news video that accurately and fairly represents news stories

• Edit video and audio for broadcast, promos, and teases

• Demonstrate sound news judgment and ability to tell stories with pictures and natural sound

• Must be able to utilize non-linear editing equipment on a daily basis

• Properly maintain camera, editing equipment, and station vehicle

• Communicate with reporters, writers, and producers on video needed for news stories

• Operate live ENG equipment and vehicles

• Keep track of edited news stories for broadcast; maintain archive

• Respond to breaking news or urgent newsroom situations

• Collect information by interviewing and taking notes (e.g. news conferences)

• Responsible for ensuring all goals and objectives are being met, and training sessions are attended

• Must demonstrate the drive to grow and learn, as well as offer creativity every day

• Ability to work well with co-workers and in a professional manner

• Observe all safety regulations in-house and when in the field

• Upload raw video and still photos to the Web site

• Communicate with the web staff during breaking news

• Write copy for the Web and newscasts after shooting VOs and VO/SOTs

• Manage storage space in video clip bins and maintain a still photo library

• Explore ways to increase visual content on the Web site

• Working knowledge of local geography and road routes is strongly

• Follow clothing and appearance guidelines

• Perform other duties as assigned

• Work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed

Working Conditions:

• Must be able to sit and edit in front of a computer for extended periods

• While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to sit, walk, stand, use hands to finger; reach with hands and arms and hear. Regularly required to sit, reach, bend and move about the facility.

• Ability to lift and carry up to 60 lbs.

• Work mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays as needed