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Photojournalist Interview Questions

27 Photojournalist Interview Questions
Question 1 of 27
What are your salary expectations?
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A photojournalist makes a wide range of salaries, based on prior experience, position, and location. A starting photojournalist makes between $30,000-$40,000, but photojournalists can expect to be paid more after more years of experience, higher markets, and more populated locations. The candidate should discuss their desired range of salaries and come to an agreement with the interviewer.

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"Because I am a great storyteller and have proven myself over the years, I believe I would like to make between $32,000-$34,000."
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Question 2 of 27
Do you prefer a boss who is hands-on or gives you space to work?
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The candidate should discuss how they like to work and how they may work with each type of manager - one who likes to give lots of feedback throughout the process, and one who likes to step back and have the photojournalist do the work. The candidate should discuss their experience with both types of bosses and how they would be able to ultimately work with either one of them during the job.

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"I prefer a boss who gives me some space to do my work because I feel I usually have a good grasp on what I am doing and love to inject my own creativity into the story. However, I also like getting feedback on my work and ways to make it better."
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Question 3 of 27
How do you work under minimal supervision?
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While photojournalists do have editors, managers, and producers helping them put together a story, they often work alone for most of it. They often find stories for his or herself, put together the interviews, video, and then create the final product before it is checked over for errors before it is submitted. The hiring manager is looking for someone who works well on their own and does not require much help throughout the process. The candidate should discuss how they work on any given day if they are left unattended throughout an entire story.

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"I work very well without much help, and in fact, I like working alone for most of the project. I enjoy seeing how far I can go without someone telling me how to change what I have done, and while I like some constructive criticism, I like the fun challenge of seeing how I can create my best work without anyone else."
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Question 4 of 27
How do you work under pressure?
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Photojournalists often have only a short time to produce their work, or are given a specific deadline they must meet for the project. The candidate should describe their experience working under tight deadlines and time constraints and how they produce the highest quality work under this pressure.

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"I produce some of my best work under pressure. I love the challenge of working hard and fast, and find that if I give myself too much time to work on a project, I spend too much time overanalyzing my work. I feel that my best work is under a constraint."
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Question 5 of 27
How do you stay up to date on the latest journalism news?
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Question 6 of 27
What is your experience with social media?
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Question 7 of 27
How does this career fit into your long term goals?
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Question 8 of 27
If you did not become a photojournalist, what other career would you have?
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Question 9 of 27
How do you develop contacts for stories?
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Question 10 of 27
How do you decide what is too graphic to show in visual form?
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Author of Photojournalist Answers and Questions

Christina Erne
Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY. Beginning her career as a reporter, she worked her way up the ranks of local television, learning the ins and outs of all possible jobs in the field, from technical support, to weather staff.
First written on: 05/09/2017
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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Question 11 of 27
Who is your biggest role model and why?
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Question 12 of 27
Why is this company/publication the best fit for you?
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Question 13 of 27
What is your least favorite story you have covered?
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Question 14 of 27
How does this position fit into your career plans?
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Question 15 of 27
What do you think is the main responsibility of a photojournalist?
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Question 16 of 27
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 17 of 27
How would you describe your writing style?
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Question 18 of 27
What is your experience with editing software?
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Question 19 of 27
How well do you travel?
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Question 20 of 27
What is your experience working with a team?
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Question 21 of 27
What types of stories are your favorite to document?
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Question 22 of 27
What is your favorite story you have ever done?
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Question 23 of 27
Do you prefer still photos or video?
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Question 24 of 27
What makes a good story?
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Question 25 of 27
What is your experience with photography?
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Question 26 of 27
Why do you want to become a photojournalist?
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Question 27 of 27
What are some skills you possess that make you a good fit for the job?
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About Photojournalist

August 18th, 2017

A photojournalist is responsible for using pictures and video to tell a story. They must have a mastery of photography skills and knowledgeable about all kinds of photography techniques and editing practices in order to capture the most important visual aspects to tell a story or relay a message or feeling. They are responsible for also knowing about storytelling and journalism in order to best convey meanings through video and pictures.

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