Assistant Editor, News Product Desk

The New York Times
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 04

Position description

The New York Times is hiring several assistant editors to help with production and testing of new story forms, prototypes and digital experiences on our website and in our apps. 


You will be embedded on one of our product teams, working closely with product managers, designers and developers, as well as collaborating with reporters, editors and producers across the newsroom. Collegiality and excellent communication skills are key, as is efficient editorial and production execution.


The ideal candidate will enjoy working on a range of subjects and be capable of working in storyforms new and old. In addition to being a strong, careful editor of substance and style, you will be a quick and fluent writer and have the technical agility to master several publishing systems.


Duties will include: 

  • Initiating and managing the flow of editorial content for new product features and prototypes

  • Coordinating on a day-to-day basis closely with reporters and editors on desks across the newsroom who are contributing to projects, including editing contributions from journalists on those desks

  • Participating in reviews of data and test results to inform future editorial strategy

  • Prototyping new story forms for tests with readers

  • Coordinating visuals, working with illustrators, photo editors and photographers

  • Curating evergreen content


Requirements include:

  • Five years experience working in a news media organization

  • Excellent reporting, writing or editing skills, as well as strong news judgment

  • Understanding of mobile and digital trends, and a strong sense of The Times’s competitive landscape

  • Understanding of, or willingness to learn about, how product development works in terms of prototyping and beta-testing to create new experiences and using data to make decisions

  • Willingness to occasionally work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the news cycle

  • Excellent communication skills


Internal and external candidates are welcome to apply for this position. External candidates who are finalists for the position will complete a Times editing test and an assessment of digital presentation skills.

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