Audience Editor, Opinion

Job Description

The New York Times Opinion department is looking for an experienced audience editor, armed with expertise and curiosity, to bolster its presence on our homepage and across various platforms. In particular, this editor would be focused on co-running the Times Opinion Instagram account and producing live programming (including Instagram Lives, Twitter chats and Spaces).

The assignment is expected to be a minimum of six months. We're seeking a candidate who is highly organized and enjoys the changing nature of digital journalism.

You will be creative and collaborative, excited to work closely with editors, producers, designers and the rest of the Opinion Audience team. You should also be comfortable making decisions independently, exercising keen editorial judgment. You can navigate distribution tools, trends and tactics with ease, and you're eager to experiment with ways to engage with our audience.

The location is flexible for this position. The typical hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday. These would shift temporarily when we need coverage for staff vacations or major news events. This editor will report to the head of Opinion Audience.


• Representing the diversity of voices of Times Opinion on all of our off-platform channels, exhibiting excellent judgment and audience-sensitive framing

• Determining homepage line-ups based on editorial judgment, analytics, department priorities and diversity of viewpoints

• Identifying and testing strategies for building our emerging presence on social and mobile platforms

• Producing live programming on social platforms, such as Instagram Lives and Twitter Spaces

• Tracking success through engagement rates, growth, reader responses and other metrics

• Assisting in the curation, production and editing of email newsletters

• Optimizing individual pieces for search, including advising on SEO headlines and URLs

• Working with editors on display copy and best practices for social media, including framing pieces for specific audiences

• Collaborating with our video, audio, design and graphics teams on creating promotional assets for multiple platforms

Basic Qualifications:

• At least five years of experience working in a digital news environment

• Experience writing posts on behalf of news outlets on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms

• Demonstrated interest in visual storytelling

• A passion for news, The Times and its journalistic mission

• Strong writing and editing skills, and knowledge of Times style or the ability to absorb and apply it quickly

• Deep knowledge of SEO best practices

• Proven record of making data-driven decisions to produce strong results

• Ability to work independently or collaborate across departments as needed

• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, adherence to deadlines, news judgment and time-management

• Demonstrated success in the creation of innovative content in a fast-paced news environment

• Preferred background in CMS production and technical troubleshooting

This is a temporary Guild position. The schedule will require 35 hours per week.

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.