Visuals Editor

The News Tribune   Tacoma, WA   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on January 23, 2023
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The News Tribune seeks a smart, energetic visuals editor to join its award-winning newsroom in Tacoma, one of America’s most diverse and fast-growing communities.

Our next visuals editor will focus on managing the visuals staff at The News Tribune and The Olympian as well as shooting, editing and producing original photo and video content across multiple platforms.

At The News Tribune, we put a premium on breaking stories first as well as investing in hard-nosed, accountability journalism that our audience can’t get anywhere else. 

Our journalism focuses on our local communities, and in that role we have the ability to spotlight problems, highlight solutions and truly make a difference -- all the reasons you got into journalism. And we are part of McClatchy, a digitally driven company focused on innovation, with newsrooms in 30 communities in the United States.

In 2021, our team exposed how an engineering decision made five decades ago during the design of an Interstate 5 bridge has resulted in climate-driven flood risks that threaten to sever the West Coast’s main north-south freeway. That work resulted in the state Legislature earmarking $75 million for design of a new bridge and won The News Tribune a McClatchy President’s Award.

We are headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, a lively region for news and an interesting place to live. Our community is growing, with up-and-coming restaurants, breweries, thriving museum and theater districts and myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation, from water sports to mountaineering. We’re uniquely located near three national parks — Mount Rainier being our favorite — and the Sound. The big-city lights of Seattle are only 30 miles away. 

In our visuals editor, we’re seeking a versatile and resourceful journalist who can produce daily and long-term photo and video stories. Visual journalists play a critical role, working closely with newsroom colleagues to tell the most important and timely stories. A strong work ethic, the ability to multi-task and the aptitude to work across short- and long-term deadlines is required.

The anticipated base pay range for this position is between $65k and $75k.  Individual base pay may vary within that range depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, relevant education, department equity, training, geography and local wage and hours laws.

In this role, you will need to:

  • Hire, manage and collaborate directly with visual staff in Tacoma and Olympia and occasionally with our sister properties in Bellingham, Tri-Cities and Boise, Idaho

  • Collaborate with editors and reporters to develop creative approaches to digital storytelling and prioritize coverage needs

  • Generate ideas for daily photos and video stories that appeal across local and statewide online audiences

  • Report, edit and produce compelling video journalism on deadline

  • Shoot live video when warranted

  • Write headlines, captions, summaries, social media posts and stories that are engaging and accurate

  • Shoot photographs to accompany video storytelling in digital presentations and for print

The successful candidate should meet many, though not necessarily all, of the following requirements:

  • College degree preferred.

  • At least five years of digital journalism, including familiarity with DSLR and professional video cameras, capturing sound and video editing.

  • Must have reliable transportation. Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance required (at least minimum insurance required for the state in which the employee works).

  • Strong writing skills, excellent news judgment and a demonstrated ability to “see the story” that is going to matter to readers.

  • Commitment to ethics.

  • Ability to work collaboratively to aggressively tackle stories. Team player skills required. Leadership, strategic thinking experience and the ability to work with colleagues are essential.

  • Comfort with a job that will be demanding, fast-paced and constantly evolving.

This position will be based in Tacoma and will report to the Executive Editor. The position may involve working nights and/or weekends. Some travel may be required.

What we’ll bring:
As a journalist at McClatchy, you will join a supportive, flexible, collaborative team. McClatchy strives to be an employer of choice, and our benefits package is made with this goal in mind. With a focus on health, well-being, wealth and daily life, our package options include healthcare coverage for employees and their families, financial protection from expected and unexpected expenses, multiple no-cost wellness resources and even coverage for four-legged friends.

Our overall benefits package also includes a 401(k) with employer match, competitive paid time off and corporate holidays, and a variety of mental health benefits. With an excellent support team and with focus on your well-being as a top corporate strategy, McClatchy provides benefits to support you and your family in achieving your health and wellness goals. For more information on McClatchy's benefit plan, please visit  

To apply, include a persuasive cover letter, your resume and four to six examples of your best work.

About McClatchy: 
Our impact is growing every day. We have 30 growing news markets. Over 65 million monthly readers. 56 Pulitzer Prizes. A strong portfolio of dynamic partnerships and smart investments. Our award-winning journalism, digital reach, and commitment to innovative growth have never been stronger.

As a member of the McClatchy family, you are part of an exciting culture dedicated to creating a work/life balance and consistent opportunities for growth — a place where you have a voice and the ability to impact our future. It’s an exciting time to be here. Our company is experiencing the most transformative period in its history. We’re growing rapidly in the digital space and delivering award-winning journalism in innovative ways.