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Video Journalist, Illinois

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Date: Jan 24, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world's population sees AP journalism every day.


The Associated Press seeks a video journalist with a history of successful television and online video storytelling to join its team in Chicago, Illinois, covering some of the biggest stories in the state.


The Midwest is diverse and dynamic and often at the intersection of some of the most important stories in the United States, including sports, entertainment, politics, business and urban redevelopment, immigration, the gun debate, abortion, race and ethnicity and climate. This video journalist will shoot, write, edit and produce video — including LIVE video — stories for AP’s broadcast, digital and mobile customers and platforms.



In this role, you will conduct interviews, write scripts and edit footage in different styles – from raw cuts to fully produced pieces – to deliver engaging visual journalism. You may occasionally work as a desk producer to cut edits from live video, affiliate contributions and video filed by other AP videojournalists. As a member of a dynamic, round-the-clock operation, you will also be expected to pitch, develop and research stories and contribute reporting in other media formats; including text, photos and audio; to help produce a competitive and comprehensive all-formats news report. You should be able to travel extensively to cover breaking news, often at short notice.


We’re looking for someone who will:

  • have a great news sense, with the ability to consistently generate distinctive video stories for national and global audiences.
  • apply superior skills in video-based storytelling, including shooting, editing and writing, in both static environments and in delivering unpredictable breaking news.
  • conceptualize and implement creative digital projects, and communicate stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other digital platforms.



You should have advanced individual technical skills in creating video content, as well as the ability to work within an all-formats team to apply those skills from start to finish on breaking news and short- and long-term projects. Applicants should be creative, innovative and agile and work effectively in a deadline-driven newsroom. You should have at least three years of full-time news experience as a video journalist at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.


We will consider strong candidates who do not meet every listed qualification. You may use a cover letter to describe the unique qualifications you would bring to this role.


Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • All applicants must be able to work in the U.S. or be able to gain permission to do so.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English.
  • Professional competency in a language besides English is a plus.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in video shooting and non-linear editing, preferably with Adobe Premiere.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and planning skills, with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on complex, challenging story lines.
  • Employment is contingent on adhering to all company COVID-19 workplace safety policies and protocols, including providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with applicable laws.


Application Deadline:  February 13, 2023 @ 11:59PM ET


AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

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