January 21, 2022


Crystal Lake, IL


Shaw Media is looking for a photographer to join the news staff of the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, an award-winning daily newspaper in McHenry County. We are looking for a photographer with a diverse skillset who can balance news and sports coverage on a daily basis along with building relationships and scheduling local freelance photographers for assignments.

We are looking for a photojournalist who can cover everything from crime to protests to events to sports to feature assignments along with breaking news. The photojournalist will be expected to work with the Northwest Herald newsroom on assignments along with having ideas on standalone photo opportunities with an emphasis on important work that will lead the community to subscribe.

The Northwest Herald covers a competitive news market with the opportunity to cover breaking news, features, government, and schools. Our goal is to be a reflection of the communities we cover, which means our focus is on hyperlocal news.

We supply Canon equipment to our photojournalists and applicants are expected to have a working knowledge of Photoshop and Photo Mechanic. Our photojournalists are expected to be able to shoot video as well.

About This Opportunity:

The ideal applicant will be someone who can, through photojournalism, tell the stories that help our readers understand why these events and people are important to their lives.


• A college degree in journalism or related field

• One-year professional photojournalism experience

• Solid knowledge of AP Style and grammar

• Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, dependable transportation, and proof of insurance.

About Shaw Media:

Shaw Media publishes over 150 titles in Illinois and Iowa. Its holdings include websites, newspapers, magazines, and a digital marketing services division. Founded in Dixon, Illinois, Shaw Media has been privately owned by the Shaw family since its inception in 1851.

Enjoy the Rewards of Working Among the Best:

In return for your contributions to our success, Shaw Media offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and 401(k) with a match.

Apply Today!

Interested candidates, please submit a cover letter, along with a resume:


Mail to:

Shaw Media - Human Resources

Attn: Photographer

PO Box 250

Crystal Lake, IL 60039

Pre-employment drug screen and background check including motor vehicle record required.

Shaw Media is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

This posting may not include all duties of the position.