Job Search Tips for Photojournalist Jobs

Photojournalism jobs are easy to find online. The quality of jobs, relative to career and professional needs, however, is highly variable. Some jobs are excellent opportunities, others are lower range jobs. Another problem is that many photojournalist jobs specialize in specific types of journalism, which may or may not be what you need. You need to know where to find these jobs.

Job Search Criteria

The problem with photojournalism ads is that the category includes so many different jobs. It is quite possible to wade through a supply of job ads which are all equally unsuitable in different ways. The easiest way of finding what you want online is to use unique search terms and keywords. The right combination of keywords will find the best matches. For example:

  • If you're looking for a photojournalist job with graphic art applications, use a keyword like "Adobe" or "Flash" to stay focused on that aspect of your search.
  • If you're interested in a specific line of photojournalism, use a term like "wildlife" or "military" to refine the search. 

You can also improve the quality of your search results by targeting specific employers. Major media companies commonly advertise their photojournalist jobs on major job boards and on their own sites. Even if they're not advertising directly, you can contact them and inquire about jobs. 

Job Search Issues

There are significant issues in job hunting for photojournalists:

  • Although entry level and early career stage local photojournalist jobs are comparatively common, these can represent a step backwards for experienced photojournalists.
  • Income can be low, and the job ads aren't specific about salary in many cases.
  • Some local jobs are effectively casual or part time jobs, and may not be the best use of time and effort.
  • Some jobs require extensive and erratic travel which can mean an extended commitment for relatively low returns for your investment of time and resources.
  • The subjects and material are restrictive, and don't allow for best quality work.

Other Job Search Methods

Fortunately for photojournalists, there are many other options for finding work. Some require patience and persistence, but you can find and create job opportunities for yourself. Some options are:

  • Networking: This is invaluable for professional photojournalists. Photojournalism naturally generates industry contacts across a large area. You have the added advantage of direct contact with employers.
  • Cold canvassing major publishers and media: This is an approach requiring patience, but it can also provide excellent job opportunities and good working relationships. Photojournalism is in demand on a regular basis, and major media is a primary market for materials from all sources.
  • Freelance of "speculative" work: These jobs, done on your own initiative can be valuable in establishing a business relationship. Quality, subjects, and topical materials are useful working commodities for a business opportunity.