By: Jay DeFoore
(Photo District News) Reuters will hire roughly 15 new staff photographers in the U.S. in the next several months as part of a plan to boost the wire service’s coverage in targeted areas.
Monique Villa, a senior vice president and head of pictures for Reuters, confirmed the new hires in an interview Tuesday and said they are part of an international initiative to expand photo coverage in entertainment and news.
“The numbers have not been completely worked out but it will be significant,” Villa says. “We feel we need more content from cities like Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, many places. We also feel we need more coverage in entertainment, because the entertainment in the U.S. is of interest worldwide. It is as appreciated in Europe as Asia.”
According to one Reuters stringer, on average the company pays its photographers $10,000 to $20,000 more a year than the AP, EPA and AFP, its closest competitors, and competition for the jobs is expected to be fierce.
Job openings for general news staff photographer positions in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, have already been posted internally at Reuters. A spokesperson in Reuters’ London office says the company also plans to hire two U.S. photo editors in the coming months. As for the European expansion, Villa says key markets such as Italy and France will likely see additions.
PDN has also learned that Thomas Szlukovenyi will assume the position of global picture editor, effectively immediately. The global picture editor title was eliminated just a year ago in a management shakeup that left three upper-level, regional photo editors reporting to Wolfgang Waehner-Schmidt, Reuters’ global editor for television, pictures and sports.
Szlukovenyi has worked with Reuters since 1990 in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and most recently held the title of chief photographer in Germany and Eastern Europe. His immediate task will be coordinating coverage of major events such as next month’s Olympic games in Greece and the upcoming U.S. presidential elections.