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Lead Editor, Baby & Kid, Wirecutter

Company: New York Times
Location: New York
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

The of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It's why we have a world-renowned newsroom that sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It's why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it's why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it's worth paying for. -Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date,subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.Job DescriptionAbout the positionWirecutter is seeking a lead editor to help manage assignments and edit product coverage in the Baby & Kid category. Our Baby & Kid catalog includes key infant gear like car seats, bassinets, and strollers; electronic items like baby monitors and kid smartwatches; outdoor gear like scooters and bikes; as well as well over a dozen kid gift guides.As the lead editor of this section, you will assign and supervise guide rewrites and new content and work closely with freelance writers to get work completed on schedule. You will report to the senior editor heading up an editorial team that's also focused on health and fitness coverage, and will sometimes work on content that crosses categories. Our work is highly collaborative. In addition to working closely with individual writers, you will work together with other editors to plan future coverage and rethink older work. -This role has the potential to be remote.Responsibilities

  • Work with senior editor to develop the strategy for the Baby & Kid section and assign projects to freelance and staff writers
  • Project manage multiple guides, blog posts, and other content with different writers; manage deadlines; plan and oversee product research and testing; review writers' supporting documents and notes; edit and revise copy; and work closely with experienced Wirecutter editors to ensure stories are up to the editorial standards we've established in our hundreds of guides
  • Contribute original ideas to test planning, suggest creative reporting strategies, and challenge writers' assumptions
  • Use data to support potential story ideas and track performance; work with our SEO team and editorial managers to plan new content
  • Write short form and occasional long-form content as necessary
  • Collaborate with and respond to queries from fact checkers, copy editors, and producers to prepare pieces for publication
  • Work with our community team to respond to reader feedback and questions; work with our affiliate team to resolve stock issues on recommendations; work with our operations team on product orders and testing plans; work with our photo editors to coordinate photography plans
  • Perform related work as assignedQualifications
    • 5+ years of experience working at a media company with at least two years of experience editing and working directly with freelance writers
    • Strong knowledge of the category, with the ability to discern what's essential and what's unnecessary; skepticism of marketing claims -
    • Ability to work collaboratively and patiently through multiple rounds of edits and balance the demands of multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
    • Excellent communication and task management skills. Ability to work efficiently in a remote work environment via Slack and Zoom calls, with a distributed team that works remotely across many time zones
    • Experience creating product test plans, collaborating with an art director and/or photo editor to present content visually, and expressing complex ideas using visualizations such as charts, graphs, or infographics is advantageous as well
    • Experience with SEO (from an editorial perspective, not the technical aspects of optimization) is a plus, as is a sense of how to use web analytics data to make editorial decisions
    • Empathy for the frustrated or confused reader. We are not writing only for the experienced enthusiast, but for everyone who cares about spending their money wisely and buying the right thing the first time.
    • While we have an office in Long Island City, New York, we are primarily a remote company. A history of working remotely, or with remote colleagues, is a plus.Please include:
      • A cover letter explaining your relevant experience and mentioning a few of your favorite items of baby/kid gear (either ones you own or ones you'd like to).
      • R--sum--/CV
      • A short writing sample (500 words max.) that explains a purchase you've made-what you bought, how you reached your decision, and what regrets you have, if any.NOTE: You can only upload one file in the "R--sum--/CV" box, so you can either upload your r--sum--, cover letter, and writing sample all as one file or use the "My Experience" section to attach additional documents. -LocationsEven with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture and is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in the following states:CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA.About WirecutterWirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you're looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here.Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity and employee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.This is a union position as classified by the News Guild of New York. -The annual base pay range for this role is between $76,500.00 and $95,000.00. -The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws, and will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws.

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