Head of Checking, The New Yorker

Conde Nast
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 23

Position description

The fact-checking department is responsible for the accuracy of the editorial content of The New Yorker, a weekly magazine and daily Web site that covers local, national, and international affairs, culture, literature, and science. New Yorker articles include reported pieces of national significance; profiles of prominent people from around the world; discussions of—and investigations into—important and frequently controversial issues in contemporary society; and criticism and coverage of the arts.The department is known for its high standards. While the bulk of the department’s work involves reported pieces, its members also fact check fiction, humor pieces, poetry, cartoons, covers, art spreads, and letters to the editor.

The Head of Checking supervises a process that includes not just verifying the accuracy of each fact, but also analyzing a writer’s arguments to identify logical flaws and significant omissions. The position requires the ability to look critically at a range of pieces for such issues as fairness, balance, and the way the story has been covered elsewhere in the press.

The pieces on which the checking department works range from one-line captions to fact-heavy pieces of fifteen thousand words. The longer pieces often raise significant legal and ethical questions and may require bringing together sources from all over the world.



  • Administer the checking department—print and Web.

  • Coordinate with the managing editor and story editors to anticipate and prepare for upcoming pieces.

  • Assign pieces to checkers and set closing schedules.

  • Make certain that the checking process stays on track and efficiently resolve the problems that arise.

  • Interview candidates and preside over hiring for the department.

  • Train and mentor new checkers and oversee the policies and procedures of the department.

  • Offer input on editorial policy considerations including:

    • Relations between the print magazine and digital publication.

    • Relations with individual editors and other departments, both print and digital.

  • Preside over the protocol for issuing corrections.

  • Keep continuously abreast of developments in national and international politics, science, and culture.

  • Quickly analyze manuscripts for logical flaws and significant omissions.

  • Examine a writer’s sources and, where necessary, identify additional documents and/or sources.

  • Coordinate the checking process with the Production, Copy, and Legal departments, as well as with editors across the publication.


  • Strong understanding of ethical reporting standards and practices, and the ability to extend those tenets to new situations.

  • A generalist’s interest in world and national affairs and a scholar’s interest in precision.

  • Knowledge of a broad range of cultural subjects, and a solid background in reporting and research.

  • Diplomatic skills sufficient to successfully coördinate the work of a range of people in complex situations.

  • Strong people management skills, and the ability to identify and resolve personnel issues.

  • Willingness to work early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays as necessary.

  • Familiarity with the history, style, and values of The New Yorker.

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