News Assistant

Job Description

The New York Times is seeking a news assistant to support the deputy for Audience on the international desk to ensure our journalism is distributed widely and meets our audience targets. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, highly organized, collaborative and diplomatic with a passion for digital journalism. A sense of humor is a plus. While you will take direction from senior editors, you will also demonstrate initiative, creativity and a hunger to learn and grow. You are eager to understand ways to engage our audience and have experience working in a digital news environment.


  • Work with senior editors to understand the day's priorities that will require the most attention for promotion and distribution.
  • Monitor traffic on the day's report and apply a playbook of audience tactics to improve it.
  • Ensure related stories are linked together.
  • Monitor social media and search for news.
  • Suggest story ideas to editors
  • Work with the SEO team to optimize key stories prepublication.
  • Post precisely and engagingly on the nytimesworld Twitter account throughout the day with precision, speed and flair.
  • Produce translations in Times CMS.
  • Maintain documents and spreadsheets for pitches and story performance.
  • Take handoffs from the assistant in London and make handoffs to night assistant and weekend assistants.

Basic qualifications
  • A passion for news and keen news judgment.
  • The ability to absorb and apply Times standards and styles quickly.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, adherence to deadlines, news judgment and time-management.
  • Hunger to learn, grow and contribute.
  • Some knowledge of SEO best practices.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to take direction and to ask questions.
  • Basic knowledge of documentation and spreadsheets.

This position is represented by the NewsGuild of NY


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.