Video and film editor, temporary — ProPublica


ProPublica is looking for a talented video and film editor to join its audio visual department for a two-year position.

You’ll work closely with ProPublica’s award-winning journalists and filmmakers to create nuanced and stunning documentaries and video stories. In the past, we’ve done documentaries like this and this and explanations like these. We are doing more ambitious work. Your projects will range from editing short documentaries and eye-catching explainers to documentaries, long series and sizzles.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is a talented and versatile visual storyteller.
  • Has extraordinary technical and narrative editing skills.
  • Edited non-narrated and character-driven films.
  • Has 6 or more years of experience.
  • Understands ethical and editorial journalistic standards.
  • Has a creative mind and wants to push the boundaries of what investigative journalism in film can look like.
  • Editing with Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects; An avid mastery is a plus.
  • Has experience with color correction software. Proficiency in DaVinci Resolve and audio software like ProTools and/or Adobe Audition is a big plus.
  • Has pre-production and production skills (a big plus). Previous experience in field production and cinematography is also a plus, but not required.
  • Has experience in graphic design, illustration and animation (a plus).
  • Proved they can work with less than perfect raw materials and turn them into something amazing.
  • Ideally has a long experience. Experience editing feature films is desired but not required.
  • Has empathy, a good heart, and a small ego, and is a strong believer in generous, happy team ecosystems and working together to tell the best stories possible.
  • Is an excellent collaborator and shares often but can also work independently.
  • Is willing to work on more than one project simultaneously.
  • Has knowledge of traumatology and experience working on sensitive subjects (an asset).

This job is a two-year full-time position and includes benefits. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. Remote applicants anywhere in the United States are welcome. For those who prefer to work from an office, our headquarters are in New York and we have editorial offices in Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and Berkeley, California.

We know there are great candidates out there who may not fit what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If this is your case, do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

We are committed to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is the breakdown of our staff.) We are committed to fostering diversity and creating an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to deliver on that commitment. We particularly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. We are an equal opportunity employer and prohibit all forms of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or any other status protected by applicable law.

We will begin reviewing applications on July 25, but will continue to consider applicants as long as the posting remains live on our site.

What you need to send us:

The application form is here. By far the most important part is your portfolio website and/or work samples. Please include links to projects you have worked on or contributed to and describe your role and process in detail. Applicants without three samples that they edited by themselves or were the primary editor for will not be considered.

Questions? Email Executive Producer Almudena Toral at [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

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