Videographer and Multimedia Designer (Hybrid, based in St. Petersburg, Florida)

The Poynter Institute   Saint Petersburg, FL   Full-time     Other
Posted on March 10, 2023

Do you have a passion for journalism and its role in democracy? Are you looking to put your design skills to work supporting initiatives that elevate journalism and public discourse?

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Poynter Institute, one of the most respected global brands in journalism worldwide, is seeking an experienced designer with a passion for telling powerful visual stories that compel journalists, educators, students, citizens, funders and donors to engage with, participate in and support Poynter’s programs, work and mission.

You will be a key member of our Experience and Events team.

What we’re looking for:

  • Your eye for video storytelling has you seeing visions through to execution.
  • You cover events with documentary-based, story-driven techniques and from time to time, you’ll add in motion graphics and animation if it suits the story’s vibe.
  • You have experience producing videos (typically .60 - 6 minutes in length) with the ability to lead video storytelling, storyboard creation, shooting, editing and producing videos.
  • When you walk into a room (digital or IRL), you understand how to transform it into an engaging experience that moves people to act.
  • You’re a typography geek with an eye for digital storytelling.
  • The challenges presented by mobile and email are just opportunities for smart design in your eyes.
  • The thought of creating visual assets that will inspire the best in the media business — from The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post and TIME Magazine to colleges and universities, local newspapers or NPR — makes you excited to apply for this role.
  • You are eager to collaborate with a team of audience, experience and engagement professionals to create compelling assets and experiences.
  • You have a passion for creative problem solving and design in the digital space, but feel equally at home creating printed materials.
  • You live to create immersive brand interactions and view video storytelling as central to creating a world-class customer experience.
  • You’ll move people to support Poynter’s work through videos like this one and thank them for their donations with videos like this.

Need to have:

  • 3-5 years of video production and multimedia design experience
  • A demonstrated track record of designing immersive, experiential visuals
  • The ability to lead a video project from storyboard arc to shooting/editing/producing and publishing
  • Experience with auto remixing and color correction
  • Advanced skill utilizing Adobe Premiere Pro and supplemental apps like Photoshop, After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator or Audition
  • The ability to excel in fast-paced, deadline driven environments

Nice to have:

  • Journalism or news design experience or an understanding of the media industry
  • Background in experiential or immersive marketing
  • Experience curating compelling guest experiences for both in-person and virtual events

About Poynter:

The Poynter Institute is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that has long represented the gold standard for the professional development of journalists. We help journalists improve their craft, commit to the highest ethical practices, hone career ambitions and develop newsroom strategies.

In addition to our training and development programs, Poynter is also home to:

The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership

The center is an authoritative voice for journalists, citizens and everyone interested in elevating discourse and fact-based expression while battling disinformation and bias. Through the work of the Center, journalism can evolve its values and the public will better understand how those values impact their everyday lives, building practices of mutual trust and transparency.

The International Fact-Checking Network

The IFCN created the Code of Principles that the world’s top fact-checking organizations from 133 countries use as a guide for best practices. In 2021 alone, the IFCN administered $3 million in grants to empower journalists, academics and researchers to pursue ambitious fact-checking initiatives. The IFCN facilitates global collaboration to fight disinformation in real time, from the coronavirus pandemic to the war in Ukraine, and teaches fact-checking to journalists everywhere.


MediaWise is a trailblazing social-first digital media literacy program for people of all ages and backgrounds. We help citizens around the world discern fact from fiction online in partnership with institutions from TikTok to AARP and with a little help from our friends.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact

PolitiFact is America’s largest independent political fact-checking organization working to verify claims made by politicians, political candidates, pundits and public figures. Our newsroom is among the most prolific newsrooms fighting misinformation on social media.

The impact of our work:

At a time when citizens are overloaded with misinformation and when neighbors are primed to focus on differences, the Poynter Institute seeks to champion the values of a free press and its vitality in healthy democracies. You can learn more about Poynter’s impact here.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging:

At Poynter, we aspire to improve diversity in every aspect of our work — from building teams rich with unique backgrounds and perspectives to ensuring that our programs, content and services convey our commitment to inclusivity. To invest in our continued growth in this area, we hired a talented national figure in journalism to lead internal and external diversity strategies. In addition to making sure that staffers experience the advantage of working with a wide variety of people, Poynter actively participates in diversifying news coverage around the world. the diversification of American newsrooms and of those around the world.

How and where we work:

Poynter’s headquarters are in St. Petersburg, Florida, and we have offices in Washington, D.C. In addition, we teach, report and host events and programs virtually and at multiple locations around the world. Currently, our staff is set up for effective remote work with many of us spending several days per week in the office. Remote, office-based or hybrid work depends on the role and requirements of the job and is at the discretion of the team’s manager. We use Zoom, Google Workplace, Slack, Asana, MailChimp and WordPress to collaborate, teach and publish.

How and where you’ll work in this role:

Candidates must reside in the Tampa Bay, Florida area with the ability to work in-person at Poynter’s campus in downtown St. Petersburg two to three days per week with the balance of the week being remote.

How you’ll be compensated:

Salary or rate of pay:

(Position title) salary range: $50,000 - $60,000 per year depending on experience


Full-time staffers enjoy a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical/dental/vision insurance, a Surgery Plus benefit that offers some surgical procedures at no out-of-pocket expense, paid holidays, paid time off (PTO) and a retirement plan with a 1% company contribution. In addition, Poynter offers:

  • A two-week winter break closure at the end of the calendar year with full pay
  • Complimentary access to Poynter’s professional development courses and programs
  • Six months of paid parental leave, an industry-leading policy
  • A designated professional partner to support your onboarding experience
  • Connection to our vast network of journalists, alumni and newsrooms

At Poynter, we believe good journalism is better for society and that everyone deserves high-quality information. Our team works hard with passion and enthusiasm for making a difference in the world. If this sounds like something you’d like to contribute your time and talent toward, apply with a current resume, cover letter and link(s) to your portfolio which must include video examples to before February 15, 2023.

No phone calls, please.

Poynter is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.