Surface Media is a storytelling company that looks at the world through the lens of design. It includes print magazines Surface and Watch Journal; digital platforms at surfacemag.com and watchjournal.com; a custom publishing division, Surface Studios; a designer focused representation agency, Culture+Commerce; and a highly regarded event program including the Design Dialogues series. Surface is launching several new initiatives in 2017 and is looking for creative and motivated individuals to join its growing team. Watch Journal is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 and Surface magazine will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018.


Surface Media is seeking a Photo and Multimedia Editor to join our growing team. The right candidate will combine an eye for elevated storytelling and on-trend taste with a multifaceted photo and video skill set that can be applied to editorial, social, native, and partner content. As the media landscape transforms, we are looking for the Photo and Multimedia Editor who can keep our image and video offerings at the forefront of technology, from ideation to completion. We are looking at the best ways to produce content for each company need, from a traditional DSLR plus equipment setup with a commissioned photographer, to a one-person iPhone video shoot, to a quick in-house shot by the Photo and Multimedia Editor, as well as sourcing the best, highest-quality pickup imagery available to round out our coverage. The Photo and Multimedia Editor will be in charge of generating innovative, future-forward ideas and solutions to advance and streamline how we capture, collect, and manage photo and video content.

The ideal candidate is highly motivated and ready to hit the ground running. Must be a team player who thrives on tight deadlines, with impeccable organization and communication skills. Must have fluency in photo/video best practices and an ongoing knowledge of new ways to use technology and equipment for the digital media/publishing and marketing space, and a resourceful desire to continue learning new skills. Must be someone who genuinely enjoys their work and maintains a collaborative, positive attitude in a fast-paced environment.


Photo and Video Shoots:

  • Hiring and assigning photographers and videographers (contributors) for all Surface Media platforms: Surface magazine, Watch Journal, Centre magazine, SurfaceMag.com, Surface Studios, Design Dialogues talks, and other brand events

  • Working with the production manager to coordinate calendar schedules between subject, contributors, and our production schedules; organizing shoots nationally and internationally

  • Ensuring that contributors adhere to brand guidelines and creative direction

  • Managing relationships with contributors

  • Working with the production manager to make sure that contributors have signed all documents needed for compensation

  • Managing budgets, constantly assessing best contributor, production style, and equipment for the job, using strong negotiation skills when necessary

In-house Production:

  • Research, source and acquire all pickup media for Surface Media content projects

  • Work with editors from across the company to ensure each story includes the best and most appropriate media

  • Select and edit photos in each publication with oversight from the Design Director

  • Shoot several columns per publication/outlet, as well as photo/video assets for social media

  • Be responsible for any light retouching and color-correcting before photos are published for shoots, pickup, and in-house media.

  • Ensuring that our media is of high quality, resolution, focus, clarity, and the like.

  • Finalize short video pieces, as well as video shot in-house or by editors, working with freelancers when necessary

Photo and video management:

  • Management and organization of media storage and archiving

  • Management of image production via outsourcing partners to prepare images to spec for print and digital usage

  • Management of video production when external videographers and editors are used

  • Management of other relevant freelancers when a project requires them


  • Manage all company photo and video equipment including cameras, lenses, etc.

  • Set up and manage an in-house photo/video studio


  • Write captions, or oversee the writing of captions, for all photos used in each Surface Media publication

  • Compile photo/video credits and ensure their correct usage across channels

  • Write briefs for photographers and videographers under the guidance of the Design Director

  • Compile and distribute call sheets for all shoots

  • Prepare production plans for complex shoots with input from various teams involved

  • Manage our creative contracts, updating when needed

Social Media

  • Help ensure a high level of image and video quality across our social media channels, as well as produce original content for each of our brands


  • Work with the marketing and events teams to confirm consistent photography and video talent and execution for all Surface Media events

  • Shoot photo and video for Surface Media events as needed


  • 3–5 years of industry experience (working at a magazine, media company, digital/advertising agency, etc.)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Photography or related arts/media/applied communication field

  • A portfolio of own photography, plus tears/examples of work produced/edited at previous jobs. Video and social media examples are a plus.

  • A passion for photography, portraiture, film and visual storytelling

  • Knowledge of Surface Media and its diverse properties, with active interest in the arenas that we cover, and experience researching them for content (design, architecture, fashion, travel, etc.)

  • Relationships with a range of photographers and video contributors to bring fresh talent to our creative pool

  • Resourcefulness, diligence, attention to detail, creative problem-solving, and organizational skills, plus strong interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills

  • Ability to manage multiple projects both daily and long-term, and to adapt to changing priorities

  • Excellent skills in Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom

  • Working knowledge of InDesign and InCopy

  • Working knowledge of video editing and effects with Adobe After Effects or Premiere

  • Knowledge of camera operation, lighting, and sound setup

  • Knowledge of best and fastest practices for photo/video quality, enhancement, and processing

  • Passion for following and integrating latest trends and developments in visual content creation

TO APPLY:  Please submit resume and salary requirements along with a link to your website or portfolio for consideration.