The New York Times Audio team is hiring a senior editor to play a key role in defining the editorial approach and direction of The Daily. The team behind The Daily gives listeners everything they need to know about one story to start each day, and that includes quick-turn daily news segments and complicated narratives (that are often produced over several days). The senior editor needs to be highly skilled at every aspect of editing — from structuring an episode, pacing and line editing to noting the stray breath that should be cut and the piece of music that comes in one beat too late.
The senior editor must have a keen understanding of the news as well as a desire to challenge the conventional ways of telling it. The right candidate is an autonomous, curious, creative thinker who is excited to build and evolve the sound of The New York Times and thrives in collaborative, deadline-driven environments. The senior editor will work with and guide producers in determining what stories we tell and which reporters we work with, and in defining our angle and the level of production and resourcing required. The senior editor will be responsible for editing The Daily, including the final sign off at the end of the day.
Responsibilities may include:
Working with team leadership and hosts to set the editorial agenda for the day, as well as owning lines of coverage and leading multi-episode projects
Working closely with Times reporters and editors in developing story ideas for audio
Contributing, along with team leadership, to editorial selection, writing and structure
Helping guide production of episodes and doing final edits of scripts before interviews
Pitching and leading projects that include field production and reporting
Coaching New York Times reporters and editors without audio experience
Editing episodes, both tight turnarounds for daily news (possibly on an evening or night schedule) and longer-term productions
Working with leadership to develop producers and help them grow, including managing a small group of direct reports
May manage staff
Guiding producers in the production of episodes
Working closely with the host as the interviews are happening
At least 8 years experience in audio production.
At least 5 years of story editing experience.
Sound news judgment
Some fluency in audio editing, ideally using Pro Tools.
A passion for narrative storytelling.
Experience in building and editing complex narratives in audio.
Ability to think creatively about how to make smart audio shows that will get listeners hooked.
Able to quickly identify problems with story structure & tape.
Communicate notes & feedback clearly and compassionately.
Willingness and ability to use data to inform decisions.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Well-developed and adaptive cultural competence and emotional intelligence.
Experience in a deadline-driven environment.
Proven understanding of music scoring and sound design techniques and strategies.
Eagerness to create the best work possible
Believes in The New York Times’ mission and is dedicated to being a part of our innovation and growth
Able to uphold the existing editorial standards of The Times
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