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The New York Times is looking to hire a Photo Director

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The New York Times has posted a job opening for the position of Photo Director. If you’re looking for a high-profile job in the world of photojournalism, and you live in (or don’t mind moving to) New York City, you could do a lot worse than working for The Gray Lady.

The opening was listed seven days ago, and it goes to great lengths to emphasize the importance of photography to the Times’ mission. “Photography is a central part of our identity,” reads the posting. “It’s how we bear witness to events that matter, and our Photo department is one of the treasures of our newsroom.”

As for the job of Photo Director itself, the posting reads:

Now we’re looking for someone to lead this talented and diverse team and to become part of the visual leadership of the organization. We want to continue integrating photography and other forms of visual journalism into the fabric of our report — as closely as our words.

This role is one of the most important and high-profile jobs in visual journalism, and we’re seeking candidates with a rare combination of journalistic experience, organizational expertise and extraordinary visual talent.

Some of the listed qualifications include:

  • Daily leadership of a large staff of photo editors and photographers who work across the globe, covering all subjects.

  • Candidates should be able to maintain high journalistic standards and sustain a level of excellence that makes photography a core component of The Times’s identity.

  • Sophisticated news judgment and a compelling vision for how The Times can produce world-class journalism and innovative storytelling. We’re looking for a strong digital sensibility, including the ability to recognize emerging techniques and platforms and a clear understanding of how to → continue…

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KitSplit gear rental company raises $2.1m in seed funding

Camera gear rental company KitSplit has announced that it raised $2.1m in seed funding from investors that include 3311 Ventures, HearstLab, Entrepreneurs Roundtable, NYU Innovation Venture Fund, and others. The funds will, in part, help the company grow its presence in Los Angeles, according to TechCrunch.

KitSplit is an affordable—and increasingly popular—gear rental company that boasts a large customer base including notable companies like National Geographic and NBC. For renters, KitSplit provides access to a large roster of gear, including lights, camera, lenses, and even VR equipment, which are listed for rent by both individuals and businesses.

The company acquired then-competitor CameraLends last year, a business move that made it the largest rental company in the world.

According to company CEO Lisbeth Kaufman, who spoke with TechCrunch, digital media companies have expressed ample interest in KitSplit’s platform. “We’re reimagining the Hollywood production studio as a local marketplace,” said Kaufman. “We want to make resources like gear and staffing and location more accessible to all content creators.”

Though KitSplit offers rentals throughout the entire US, the company is currently focusing on the Los Angeles and New York City markets where it is hiring.

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