Senior News Assistant (Politics)

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Job Description

The New York Times is seeking a Senior News Assistant to work on its Politics Desk, a team that leads the newsroom's coverage of campaigns, elections and other critical and gripping storylines in America's democratic system.

The ideal candidate will be an engaged and collegial team member with an interest in American politics. Organization, flexibility and a desire to learn new skills are critical to success in this role.

Writing skills and a passion for Times journalism are a must, as our news assistant may be called upon to help with research and reporting.

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Work closely with editors and photographers to manage story budgets and track stories through editing and publication.
  • Help with story promotion, including writing social copy and ensuring our stories are shared by our brand accounts.
  • Take detailed notes during daily meetings with editors and weekly meetings.
  • Maintain calendars for the desk to assist in coordinating the schedules of the reporters and editors.
  • Ensure smooth communication between editors, reporters and photographers, keeping contact lists updated as needed.
  • Monitor political news and alert editors to any developments the desk may be interested in covering.
  • Be the point person for corrections, fielding requests and working with reporters and editors to draft language.
  • Eagerly tackle new responsibilities as the need arises.

The job will be based in New York and 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.