Molly J. Smith

Photojournalist and Writer


Statesman Journal, Staff Photographer Salem, Ore. Jan 2016 - present
Photograph news, portraits, sports and features for the daily paper and website. File images on location and build online galleries.

Rustic Pathways, Photographer Australia. June - August 2015
Lead and photograph tours through Australia for travel company Rustic Pathways, spending six weeks camping in the Northern Territory and Western Australia before working another four weeks in Queensland. Manage budgets, coordinate travel options and lead daily service projects while producing images for catalog and website. Upload from remote locations for social media posts.

Rustic Pathways, Photographer Southeast Asia. June - August 2014
Lead and photograph tours through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Burma for travel company Rustic Pathways. Manage budgets, coordinate travel options and lead daily service projects while producing images for catalog and website. Upload from remote locations for social media posts.

The Jersey Journal, Photographer Jersey City, NJ. November 2013 - May 2014
Photograph an average of five assignments a day, covering news and sports for the daily newspaper and website. Edit on-location and upload images to paper's server and website immediately following the conclusion of the assignment.

The Oregonian, Photo and Multimedia Intern Portland, Ore. June 2013 - August 2013
Photographed news, portraits and features for the daily paper and website. Built online
galleries using Moveable Type and Aperture.

The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, Photographer Tucson, Ariz. May 2013
Worked with New York Times editors for a two week student journalism institute, producing content for an institute newspaper and website. Illustrated reporter's stories and produced one photo essay covering the departure of a Sheriff's Deputy.

The State Press, Photo Editor Tempe, Ariz. January 2013 - May 2013
Managed a staff of 10 at one of the largest college newspapers in the country. Led the photo
desk during the transition from a daily to a weekly print edition. Organized photo shoots,
photographed sporting events and assisted in print layout.

The Walter Cronkite School, Photographer Phoenix, Ariz. August 2009 - Present
Photographed awards ceremonies, guest lecturers and other events for the school’s online
publication and annual magazine.

The Arizona Republic, Photography Intern Phoenix, Ariz. August - December 2012
Photographed news, portraits and features including the 2012 Ironman Arizona and 2012
election night.

Arizona Highways Magazine, Editorial and Photography Intern Phoenix, Ariz. Aug. 2011 – Aug. 2012
Wrote profiles, historical articles and nature factoids. Photographed products, buildings,
people and events. Compiled content from state archives for the centennial special issue.

  • Photo Editor of Arizona Journeys, a book chronicling the history of transportation in Arizona. Researched and selected images from department stock and statewide archives. Coordinated with Department of Transportation on required images.

100 Years 100 Ranchers, Project Manager Phoenix, Ariz. January - August 2011

Organized files and scheduled photo shoots for the Arizona Centennial photography project. Researched prospective donors and museums for exhibition of project.

The Phoenix New Times, Photography Intern Phoenix, Ariz. January - May 2011
Contacted and photographed 50 restaurants for online slideshows. Photographed weekend events for online slideshows.

The Arizona Republic, News Reporter Phoenix, Ariz. August 2010 - January 2011
Wrote three to four breaking news stories per day by monitoring scanners, emails and news
sites. Interview sources in law enforcement for more information.

The State Press, Photographer Tempe, Ariz. August 2009 - May 2010
Photographed five assignments a week, a mixture of sports, news and features.


Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Phoenix, AZ - Bachelors, May 2013

  • Dean’s List for eight consecutive semesters, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA
  • Selected as an Outstanding Undergraduate Student upon graduation 
  • President of the National Press Photographers Association - ASU Chapter
  • Fourth Place in 2013-2014 Hearst Journalism Awards Feature Writing
  • Recipient of the 2011 Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Scholarship
  • Second Place, Sports Feature Story in the New Jersey Press Association Awards 2014
  • Depth Reporting: Puerto Rico. Contributed photographic content for a week-long trip to Puerto Rico reporting on issues from land rights to immigration. The project was published across several news outlets, including the BBC and The Washington Post.
  • 2012 Summer Olympics. Covered events surrounding the games from London for three weeks, including cultural events, team practices and press conferences. Content published in Arizona news outlets including The Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star.
  • Depth Reporting: Two Borders. Wrote a 1300 word profile piece comparing the lives of two farmers living on the northern and southern borders of the US. Story awarded fourth place in the 2013-2014 Hearst Journalism Awards Feature Writing competition.

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