The New York Times Audio Department is hiring a staff editor to fact check all podcast episodes of The Daily, as well as text and multimedia pieces as needed.
This person will work closely with editors, producers, and reporters to check facts, assertions, and omissions, with extra attention to the tone and context in which they’re delivered. The work will also include helping to research guests and sources, and providing background information using public records and electronic records. While the bulk of the work will be in the audio department, there may be text and multimedia pieces that require extra eyes as well.
You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced news environment, and enjoy being involved in multiple projects at once. We’re looking for exceptional news judgment and an investigator’s mind. And while we value deliberate, careful checking, speed is also important. The fact checker will be part of a large group of producers and editors, so a collaborative spirit is a must.
This would be a full-time position, working from the hours of 12pm - 8pm ET.
Check factual assertions in podcast episodes to determine veracity and correctness on deadline
Work with the NYT newsroom’s standards department to develop and uphold best practices for standards and fact-checking in audio, and train the Daily team in them
Listen during live recordings and track facts and assertions to be verified
Listen to drafts, and review transcripts and scripts, checking all facts, noting attribution, and providing guidance on editing or recording pickups as needed.
Conduct quick and accurate research to gather and verify facts in collaboration with editors, producers, and reporters.
Work to ensure fairness and accuracy; correct contradictions and omissions in consultation with editors, producers, and reporters; correct spelling and grammar.
Oversee the corrections process, ensuring potential corrections are investigated and updates are made, as needed
Assist producers and reporters in casting sources by confirming identity and background
Exercise news judgment.
3-5 years of fact-checking experience
Audio experience preferred
Sound news judgment
Able to quickly identify facts to be checked in a podcast episode transcript or script
Able to communicate notes & feedback clearly
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
Able to uphold the existing editorial standards of The Times
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