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Date: Sep 7, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60605

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 talented and aggressive visual journalist to work in Chicago as a photographer and multi-format journalist. 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. In this role, you will work among a team of journalists and editors to deliver spot, sports and enterprise imagery that breaks news, has impact and is exclusive to AP.



This photographer will cover spot news, enterprise and sporting events in Illinois and may travel on occasion to cover news outside of the state. You should be a self-starter who can create images and generate visually led story ideas that go beyond spot news and will resonate in Chicago, in Illinois and around the world. You will work in multiple media formats, from the field and from the desk, on breaking news, sports and enterprise.


We’re looking for someone who will:

  • have a great news sense, with the ability to communicate stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms.
  • demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the diverse team of journalists at the AP who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.
  • routinely contribute to the video and text report as coverage needs require.
  • pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity.
  • be able and willing to work any shift, including at night and on weekends, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.



You should have a demonstrated history of success as a news photographer, with a record of creating compelling visual journalism on deadline and the production of visual enterprise that is illuminating and engaging. You must be able to illustrate complex stories in clear and compelling ways with arresting visuals and do so swiftly and accurately on tight deadlines. A strong set of technical skills are required, including the ability to compose as events unfold, edit digital images, write accurate and informative captions and transmit images swiftly. You should have experience planning for coverage of events and must be able to work effectively as a member of a team. Applicants should have at least three years of full-time experience as a photographer 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.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and planning skills, with the ability to juggle multiple projects.
  • 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:  October 7, 2022 @ 11:59PM EST 


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.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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