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Top 25 Photojournalist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 27
What do you think is the main responsibility of a photojournalist?
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Question 2 of 27
What is your least favorite story you have covered?
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The candidate should talk about what types of stories they like covering the least, and why they do not like it. However, they ultimately should be positive about their ability to tackle these types of stories in this new job and how they plan to overcome their dislike.

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"My least favorite story to cover is court cases because there are not many visual aspects to it. However, I believe you have very talented photojournalists at your station that will give me ideas on how to report better on them."
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Question 3 of 27
Why is this company/publication the best fit for you?
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The candidate should discuss why they believe they are a good fit for the location where they are doing the job. Perhaps the candidate grew up in that state or community, or has a particular knowledge of that area. The candidate should talk about why they are so well suited to do the job in this area and how the station or publication will benefit from their knowledge of it.

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"I have grown up in this part of the country my entire life and I know the landscape, weather, and social issues here very well. I also know many people who live around here and already have many great contacts to help me grow my story ideas."
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Question 4 of 27
Who is your biggest role model and why?
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The candidate may discuss someone in their life, either professionally or personally, who they admire because of their strong traits. Through this answer, the candidate can show what types of qualities in a person they like and what kind of person they try to be as it relates to the job. Perhaps they admire someone who cooperates well with a team, or someone who is creative. It should give some insight into the person's likes and personality.

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"My biggest role model in the journalism world is Christiane Amanpour. She is influential because she tells such great stories and is dedicated to her work. She uses her words to evoke emotion. I hope to be able to do this better, except with visuals one day."
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Question 5 of 27
How do you decide what is too graphic to show in visual form?
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Some stations and publications have certain standards for what images can be shown and what cannot be shown. The candidate should talk about how they make ethical decisions in their stories. They should use any knowledge they have of the station and their policies and talk about how he or she will adhere to and follow these ethical policies.

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"I know what I can and cannot show through my visuals when I consider that a child would feel uncomfortable seeing it. Even if something is graphic, I want to make sure people feel comfortable and I can evoke emotion out of them without bothering someone."
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Question 6 of 27
How do you develop contacts for stories?
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Question 7 of 27
If you did not become a photojournalist, what other career would you have?
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Question 8 of 27
How does this career fit into your long term goals?
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Question 9 of 27
What is your experience with social media?
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Question 10 of 27
How do you stay up to date on the latest journalism news?
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Question 11 of 27
How do you work under pressure?
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Question 12 of 27
How do you work under minimal supervision?
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Question 13 of 27
How does this position fit into your career plans?
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Question 14 of 27
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 15 of 27
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 16 of 27
What are some skills you possess that make you a good fit for the job?
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Question 17 of 27
Why do you want to become a photojournalist?
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Question 18 of 27
What is your experience with photography?
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Question 19 of 27
What makes a good story?
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Question 20 of 27
Do you prefer still photos or video?
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Question 21 of 27
What is your favorite story you have ever done?
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Question 22 of 27
What types of stories are your favorite to document?
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Question 23 of 27
What is your experience working with a team?
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Question 24 of 27
How well do you travel?
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Question 25 of 27
What is your experience with editing software?
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Question 26 of 27
How would you describe your writing style?
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Question 27 of 27
Do you prefer a boss who is hands-on or gives you space to work?
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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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