Editorial Assistant

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Job Description

We have an opening for an editorial assistant for the New York Times Editorial Board which is made up of opinion journalists who rely on research, debate and individual expertise to reach a shared view of important issues. It is separate from and does not speak for the newsroom or The Times as a whole.

This job, which is based in NYC, is a great gig for someone who is organized, digitally savvy, is broad minded and has broad-ranging news interests, from national to international affairs, criminal justice to science, civil and reproductive rights.

You must have a sharp eye for detail; a strong sense of fresh arguments and good writing; superb research skills; a devotion to the highest standards of accuracy, precision and verification; ability to dive into unfamiliar material on deadline; discretion in handling sensitive editorial material; familiarity with various social media platforms; and a strong interest in opinion journalism. Collegiality, grace under pressure and diplomacy are essential.

You will perform functions that include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Keep abreast of the news
  • Conduct research for columns and editorials and suggest ideas to members of the Editorial Board
  • Verify and/or correct the accuracy of the information contained in drafts and occasional guest essays, and write summaries as necessary
  • See the work through all stages of the publishing process
  • Collaborate with the Opinion Audience team on deepening relationships with readers
  • Prepare bios and questions ahead of meetings with outside guests
  • Coordinate with the offices and staff of often high profile invitees
  • Edit and annotate transcripts
  • Clerical duties

Experience and Qualifications
  • At least 1 year of experience in journalism, conducting research and fact-checking and/or text editing for published media strongly preferred
  • Must be able to occasionally work evenings and, more rarely, weekends as the news cycle determines.

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.