Fact Checker, Opinion Audio

Job Description

The New York Times Audio Department is hiring a staff editor to fact check all podcast episodes in our growing Opinion portfolio, as well as text and multimedia pieces as needed.

This person will work closely with producers and editors to check facts and assertions, with extra attention to the tone and context in which they're delivered. The work will also include helping to research guests and providing background information using public records and electronic records. While the bulk of the work will be in the audio department, there will be text and multimedia pieces that require extra eyes as well.

You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced news environment, and enjoy being involved in multiple projects at once. We're looking for exceptional news judgment and an investigator's mind. And while we value deliberate, careful checking, speed is also important. The fact checker will be part of a small group of writers and editors, so a collaborative spirit is a must.

Responsibilities
  • Check factual assertions in podcast episodes to determine veracity and correctness on deadline
  • Listen during live recordings and track facts and assertions to be verified
  • Listen to drafts, checking all facts, noting attribution, and providing guidance on editing or adjusting material as needed
  • Conduct quick and accurate research to gather and verify facts in collaboration with producers, reports and hosts
  • Work to ensure fairness and accuracy; correct contradictions and omissions in consultation with editors and writers; correct spelling and grammar.
  • Research ideas to help develop future podcasts
  • Exercise news judgment.

Qualifications
  • 3-5 years of fact-checking experience
  • Audio experience preferred
  • Sound news judgment
  • Able to quickly identify facts to be checked in a podcast episode transcript
  • Able to communicate notes & feedback clearly
  • Willingness and ability to use data to inform decisions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Well-developed and adaptive cultural competence and emotional intelligence
  • Experience in a deadline-driven environment
  • Able to uphold the existing editorial standards of The Times

This is a Guild position.

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.