Editorial Assistant

The New York Times
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Aug 31

Position description

We have an opening for an editorial assistant in Opinion, supporting columnist Maureen Dowd. This job, which is based in DC, is a great gig for someone who is organized, digitally savvy and has broad-ranging news interests with a special curiosity about politics and national affairs. Knowledge of and interest in culture is a plus.

The editorial assistant must have a sharp eye for detail; a strong sense of fresh arguments and good writing; superb research skills; a devotion to the highest standards of accuracy, precision and verification; ability to dive into unfamiliar material on deadline; discretion in handling sensitive editorial material; familiarity with various social media platforms; and a strong interest in opinion journalism. Collegiality and diplomacy are essential. 


This candidate will perform functions that include, but are not limited to, the following 

  • Keep abreast of the news in the field covered

  • Conduct research for the columnist and suggest ideas for columns

  • Verify and/or correct the accuracy of the information contained in draft columns and occasional guest essays, and write summaries as necessary

  • Post on various social media platforms and collaborate with Opinion Audience team on deepening relationships with readers

  • Shepherd the column(s) through all stages of the publishing process

  • Clerical duties

Experience and Qualifications

  • At least 1 year of experience in journalism, conducting research and fact-checking and/or text editing for published media preferred.

  • Must be able to occasionally work weekends and evenings as column schedules or news cycle determine. 

This is a guild position.

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