Julia Schmalz

Multimedia producer
Visual storyteller

My mission is to cultivate a staff that values collaboration, strives for high quality and always treats subjects ethically. I treasure working on teams with creative people, teaching what I know, learning more everyday and looking for thoughtful, innovative ways to tell stories.


Experienced in developing content strategies, analyzing metrics, project management, design, staff management, scheduling, social media, writing scripts and proposals. Expert in lighting, photography and video recording. Audiovisual production skills: Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, various video capture and compression programs Working knowledge of Adobe Premiere, Adobe Illustrator, WordPress.


Multimedia Lead, The International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group Aug. 2020- present. Oversee multimedia at IFC and is a member of the Creative Productions team. My work involves, remote management, developing video, audio and photo stories, hiring creatives, working with a global communications staff to tell stories about our work, clients and beneficiaries.

Senior multimedia producer, The Chronicle of Higher Education November 2013 – June 2020. First staff multimedia producer charged with reporting, research, shooting and editing videos, developing a multimedia strategy with reporters and editors for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Multimedia producer, Bloomberg Government April 2011 – November 2013. Worked with analysts and reporters producing multimedia focused on government actions on major industries. Shot and produced profiles and packages for the Sunday morning TV news show, Bloomberg Government’s Capitol Gains.

Multimedia producer, USA TODAY January 2008 — April 2011. Worked with online and newspaper staff producing interactive storytelling using audio, photos, video and data driven graphics.

Assistant director of photography, USA TODAY 2004 — December 2007. Oversaw the development of staff photographers and editors, guided section editors on 1A cover stories, and special projects. Led photo staff logistics and editing for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics.

Page One photo editor, USA TODAY February 2003 — December 2003 Moved to the 1A desk at the start of the Iraq War. Responsible for choosing dynamic 1A art and working with section photo editors on daily cover stories. Designed photo pages and special packages.

Sports photo editor, USA TODAY June 1997 — January 2003. In charge of photo staff for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics as well as numerous national sports championships and bonus sections.

Photojournalist, Freelance January 1997 — June 1997. Worked in the Albany, N.Y. region. Clients included the The New York Times, Gannett News Service and USA TODAY.

Staff photographer Press & Sun-Bulletin January 1994 — January 1997. 
Full-time staff position for the 90,000-circulation newspaper. Shot daily assignments, generated story ideas, worked on special projects.

Temporary staff photographer The Topeka Capital-Journal. September 1993 — December 1993. Employed after completion of internship. Shot daily assignments, generated pictures stories and worked on special projects.

Photography intern, The Topeka Capital-Journal. June 1993 — August 1993. 
Assignments included extensive flood coverage in eastern Kansas and Western Missouri.

Graduate Assistant, Ohio University August 1992 — May 1993. Worked for the university News Services doing photography for faculty, alumni and special publications.

Staff photographer The Daily Hampshire Gazette 1989 — 1991. Full-time photographer for the 23,000-circulation paper.


Ohio University M.A., Photojournalism, 1991 — 1993. 
Received degree with completion of thesis in 1995. Received full scholarship to attend Ohio University graduate school for the academic year, 1992–93.

Macalester College B.A., Geography, 1984 — 1988. 
Attended the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Studies Program, Chicago, Ill. 1986.

Additional Experience

Best of Photojournalism 2012 multimedia Judge, Spring 2012.

Presenter for “Gaming Your Audience,” panel presentation, Online News Association’s annual conference 2011.

Received fellowship to the “Multimedia Storytelling Workshop” at the Knight Digital Media Center, Berkley, 2007.

Attended “Leadership for Visual Journalists” Poynter Institute, 2004.

Participated in Gannett’s year-long management training program, 2003.

Attended the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop, 1998.

Attended Eddie Adams Workshop V, 1992.

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