Staff Editor, Opinion Culture

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Job Description

Times Opinion is looking for a Staff Editor to join its Culture vertical. In this position, you will take a lead role in ensuring that Opinion's coverage of race, identity and intersectionality is expansive, proactive and thoughtful.

You have expertise and experience covering these topics, and you will help to define Opinion's approach to identity and its role in global culture and society. You are expected to work independently, exercising strong news judgment and editorial discretion; and you may handle high-profile or lengthy projects. You will manage a shifting roster of regular and contributing writers, and you're expected to constantly be on the lookout for new voices, ideas and perspectives to bring to Opinion.

You will work closely with editors in other verticals, as well as journalists on the design, photo, video, audio, and graphics teams. And you will engage deeply with audience editors, every day and throughout each story's process, to frame and package this coverage most effectively for reader engagement.

This position reports to the Culture vertical editor.

Main responsibilities include:
  • Playing a key role in our coverage of race and identity and, with the Culture vertical editor and other Opinion editors, shaping how we cover these issues.
  • Developing a strong network of outside writers, including leading thinkers, while also cultivating new voices on the most important news and ideas of our time.
  • Guiding and editing writers and contributors on commissioned pieces from the beginning to end of the process, paying particular attention to focus, structure and style, and ensuring that each piece expresses a strong thesis, idea, stance or opinion that matters deeply to our readers.
  • Collaborating with other journalists on the vision, audience and priorities for Times Opinion's coverage of race, identity and other issues.
  • Coordinating with the audience team to maximize the reach and impact of the work.
  • May collaborate with and edit Opinion columnists.
  • Reading, reviewing, and promptly responding to submissions.
  • Generating story ideas and assigning articles as necessary.
  • Monitoring and responding to news developments and staying tuned into the mood and zeitgeist, and current cultural conversations.


Experience and Qualifications:
  • At least 5 years of experience in a digital or daily publication.
  • Experience editing opinion journalism preferred.
  • Experience working with contributing and/or freelance writers preferred.
  • A track record of conversation-starting ideas-based journalism is a plus.
  • Experience covering race, gender, LGBTQ equity, and other identity issues.
  • Openness to formats other than the 800-word text article. Experience working in various digital formats, or collaborating with journalists who work in formats other than text, is a plus.
  • An interest in strategic audience thinking, and a talent for framing, packaging, and writing display copy.


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.