Jake R. Rutherford - Visual Storyteller
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About

About Jake R. Rutherford and publication history.

I collaborate with large and small organizations to use storytelling to advance their goals.
I am a former National Geographic photo editor and feature story producer. I have owned and operated a video production company and have taught photography at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. I manage a variety of branding projects for clients and causes in diverse regions and markets. Over the years I’ve worked with a variety of organizations to develop visual stories and multimedia content around their initiatives.


Jake R. Rutherford

jake.rutherford@gmail.com 830.708.2088

Storytelling is powerful with a goal.

I collaborate with large and small organizations to advance their goals with storytelling.

My work is done at the intersection of impact and influence, where context and empathy guide and change human development, the human condition, and the planet's environments.

My approach is not to work for but to collaborate with others to create the greatest equity and impact. Collaboration and inclusion of stakeholder voices makes any endeavor stronger, allowing for increased perspective, sturdier ideas, informed accountability, and long-term sustainable implementation.

I am a former National Geographic photo editor and feature story producer. I have owned and operated a video production company and have taught photography at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. I manage a variety of branding projects for clients and causes in diverse regions and markets. Over the years I’ve worked with a variety of organizations to develop visual content around their initiatives.

Based in Austin, Texas.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Photographer / Photo Editor: ‘A Land of Honey, Plums and Landmines’, Bittersweet Monthly, October 2018.

Photographer and photo editor of the October issue of Bittersweet Monthly covering the Marshall Legacy Institute’s work in Bosnia and Herzegovina reducing landmine and unexploded ordnance dangers and supporting survivors.

Field Producer / Researcher: ‘How Muslims, Often Misunderstood, Are Thriving in America’, National Geographic Magazine, May 2018.

Researched and identified leads, conducted interviews, managed schedules, and guided the photography team in the Texas portion of fieldwork for Wayne Lawrence’s coverage of National Geographic’s feature story about Muslims in America.

Writer: ‘A Conversation with Photographer Jake Rutherford’, Bittersweet Monthly,
September 2017.

Wrote a brief Question and Answer piece as a followup to the Plant it Forward Farms article in the August issue of Bittersweet Monthly.

Videographer / Video Editor / Photographer: ‘Refugee Farmers Growing in Houston's Food Desert’, Bittersweet Monthly, August 2017.

Filmed, photographed, edited, and produced coverage of the Houston refugee farming organization Plant it Forward Farms for the August issue of Bittersweet Monthly.

Video Editor: ‘Restoring the Bahia Grande’, The Nature Conservancy of Texas, May 2017.

Interpreted footage, identified stock imagery and music, and sequenced the multimedia for The Nature Conservancy of Texas to announce their recent accomplishments in the Bahia Grande of southern Texas.

Videographer: ‘Meet an Owner: Zoe Kalapos’, Subaru, March 2017.

Captured video for a short bio-documentary featuring U.S. Olympic Snowboarder Zoe Kalapos for Subaru's ‘Meet An Owner’ series.

Photo Editor: National Geographic Magazine, Departments: February 2016 to December
2016 issues.

Researched, edited, licensed, and published images for ‘Front-of-Book’ stories for the National Geographic Magazine.

Features Producer: National Geographic Magazine, November 2013 - September 2016 Issues.

Researched story, identified leads, established contacts, planned budgets, managed talent and logistics, gained access to sensitive locations, translated to digital expressions, verified information, coordinated and contributed to image selection, and shepherded through publication processes.

Notable Publications:
Feeding 9 Billion, May 2014
Wasteland, December 2014
50 Years of Wilderness, September 2014
Mindsuckers, November 2014
Carnivore’s Dilemma, November 2014
Blast Force: The Invisible War on the Brain, February 2015
Taking Back Detroit, May 2015
Quest for a Superbee, May 2015
Stalking a Killer, July 2015
Mystery Man, October 2015
Melting Away, The Climate Issue, November 2015
Power to the People, The Climate Issue, November 2015
The Science of Delicious, December 2015
Waste Not Want Not, March 2016
The Cold Rush, March 2016
Urban Parks, April 2016
Back in Fashion, September 2016

Photographer: Missouri Photo Workshop 68, September 2016.

Identified, developed, photographed, edited, and published a photographic story within 5 days and a 400 frame limit during the renown Missouri Photo Workshop’s 68th year in Cuba, Missouri.

Photographer / Photo Editor: ‘How The Punk Rock Scene Is Caring for Elderly in DC - We Are Family’, Bittersweet Monthly, May 2016.

Photographed and edited a typical morning of a We Are Family food delivery volunteer providing bi-weekly meal boxes to the elderly.

Writer / Photo Editor: ‘Photo Camp Sarajevo Inspires a Generation That’s Moving Past War’, National Geographic PROOF, July 2015.

Wrote and photo edited a report and photo-compilation of National Geographic’s youth focused ‘Photo Camp’ in Bosnia and Herzegovina, of which I co-lead in Sarajevo.

Videographer / Multimedia Producer: ‘Taking Back Detroit’, National Geographic
Magazine, May 2015.

Established contacts, arranged schedules, conducted interviews, captured footage, oversaw editing, and managed workflow with digital production teams of the multimedia translation of National Geographic’s feature story on Detroit. The package placed 3rd for 'Best Multimedia Package' in The White House News Photographers Association’s 2016 Eyes Of History: Multimedia Contest.

Writer / Photo Editor: ‘Post-Its & Praise: A Photographer’s Ode to His Unsung Hero’, National Geographic PROOF, May 2015.

Wrote and photo edited a portfolio retrospective and personal reflection of my earliest photojournalistic influence, documentary photographer Norman Mauskopf.

Writer / Photo Editor / Photographer: ‘Snapshots: Recovering From a Photographic Fumble’, National Geographic PROOF, October 2014.

Wrote and photo edited a reflection on my documentary assignment of the daily life of an orphanage and surrounding community in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Photo Editor: ‘Pictures: Celebrating Ramadan Around the World’, National Geographic Daily News, July 2014.

Researched, edited, licensed, and published a photo gallery that celebrated the beginning of Ramadan for National Geographic Daily News.

 

COLLABORATORS

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