News Assistant, Politics

The New York Times
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Mar 28

Position description

As we recently announced, Patrick Healy is our new politics editor and is building a team that will cover every angle of what promises to be a wild couple of years, from the 2018 midterms to the 2020 presidential election.

A key component to the politics desk, starting with these early days of building the infrastructure, will be a talented news assistant to help keep the desk organized in a number of ways. We are looking for someone to jump into this role as soon as possible, and stay with us through the 2020 election.

The duties for the politics assistant will include:

  • Keeping track of candidates’ calendars, fundraising events and other potentially newsworthy events/moments, which require constant monitoring and upkeep to stay on top of events and make sure our people are deployed properly.

  • Keeping story lists current and distributing them as needed.

  • Helping to coordinate with Washington and the National desk on coverage, conference calls and meetings.

  • Helping with transcription of live events (debates, speeches).

  • Helping make sure social media copy is prepared for all stories and sometimes manage the social accounts.

  • Tracking reporter whereabouts.

  • Fielding complaints and requests for corrections and researching them as needed.

  • Working with the desk administrator to help with credentials requests for campaign events and with some travel booking.

  • Helping with occasional legwork and research.

  • Helping to maintain internal and external databases, spreadsheets and documents (polling, candidate contacts, campaign connections).

  • Staying on top of staff vacation schedules and reporter and editor weekend rotations.

This is a Guild position. Interested candidates should apply in Workday, then send an email to Patrick Healy at [email protected].

If you are an active employee at The New York Times or any affiliates, please do not apply here. Go to the Career Worklet on your Workday home page and View "Find Internal Jobs". Thank you!

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