KC McGinnis

Photojournalist - Iowa City, Iowa


The New York Times, USA TODAY, ProPublica, NBC, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Reading the Pictures, Medium Vantage.


MULTIMEDIA INTERN: USA TODAY; Washington, D.C. Summer 2016.

Producing daily photo and video content as well as enterprise features and virtual reality 360-degree video.

STAFF PHOTO INTERN: The Gazette; Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Summer 2015. 

Photographed daily local and national news coverage including 2016 presidential election candidates, sports, business and rural communities.

MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST: TH Media; Dubuque, Iowa. February - June 2014.

Photo technician and multimedia content producer for a daily newspaper in northeast Iowa. Created a workflow for narrative videojournalism for web. Reported, shot, wrote and produced video features on deadline. Trained photo and reporting staff in video shooting, audio capture and post-production techniques.

MULTIMEDIA INTERN: The Daily News Egypt; Cairo, Egypt. January 2012.

Shot and edited video, and conducted interviews in Tahrir Square and the surrounding area. Gained language proficiency in Arabic. 

PHOTOGRAPHER/ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR: The Daily Iowan; Iowa City, IA. May 2009 - May 2010.

Coordinated and edited daily assignments for a team of 10 student photographers. Extensive photo toning, cutlining and preparing for web. Piloted the Spotlight series, a daily multimedia feature profiling local personalities.


Master of Arts (in progress), The University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication, August 2014 - present.

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication and School of Art & Art History, 2010.


Command of digital photo and video techniques, field audio recording, professional lighting, Photoshop, Lightroom, Photo Mechanic, Adobe Premiere, Magic Lantern, Final Cut, Adobe Media Encoder, InDesign. Knowledgeable in HTML/CSS. 


- Finalist, Religion News Association awards 2016

- Official selection, Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016.

- Kit C. King Scholarship, National Press Photographers Foundation (May 2015).

- First Place, National Press Photographers Association regional clip contest, Feature/ Multiple Picture: “Yasir’s Fast” (December 2014).

Member, National Press Photographers Association (October 2014).

Member, Religion Newswriters Association (July 2015).