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New York Times Senior Staff Editor, Health & Science (Opinion) in New York, New York

Job Description

Times Opinion is looking for an editor to lead its health and science coverage. This is a critical role in Opinion, with the potential to shape the debate over how to handle the coronavirus pandemic. This includes the science: how should vaccines be developed and distributed? The social effects: how will isolation affect kids? And the issues of equity: how can the racial disparities be eased?

This editor needs to be creative and ambidextrous -- able to work with the world’s leading scientists to help them make their case to the world, as well as with teachers, families and social scientists to dig into how the pandemic has changed our lives.

This editor will work with Opinion’s editors and writers, as well as our award-winning graphics and video teams to develop storytelling that’s urgent, heart-tugging and accessible.

We’re looking for someone with wide-ranging experience and sharp editorial judgment, who feels comfortable digging into academic studies and analyzing advances in science and medicine, but who can also help academics and researchers translate their academic writing into clear, digestible prose. The editor will also be responsible for covering other health and science news. A background in science or health journalism is a plus but not a requirement; a passion for the subject is. This editor must be a team player, able to collaborate with other editors and our audience team to find ways to deepen our engagement with Times readers and find new audiences for our work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Commissioning and editing smart, forward thinking Op-Eds, from experts, policymakers and others, that advance the debate and anticipate and react to news.

  • Collaborating with other editors on the vision, audience and priorities for Times Opinion’s coverage of the pandemic and other issues.

  • Developing a network of outside writers including the most prominent people on this beat while cultivating new voices on the biggest news and ideas.

  • Finding fresh angles into the stories most on readers’ minds, about which they are most curious.

  • Using social media, reader call-outs, reporting or other creative means to reach readers who are experiencing the impacts of Covid and have stories to share

  • Coordinating with the audience team to maximize the reach and impact of the work

  • Regularly developing, pitching and helping execute high-impact enterprise pieces; including collaboration with multimedia teams, including design, photo, graphics, audio and video on how to best tell these stories

  • Cultivating and maintaining a network of contributing writers.

  • Reading, reviewing, and promptly responding to unsolicited submissions.

  • Continually assessing and calibrating Opinion’s health and science coverage, considering news value; the range and diversity of writers; and the tension between productivity versus impact and influence.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of editing experience

  • Experience working with writers with a scientific or academic background is preferable. Please include links to a few of your published pieces in your cover letter

This is a Guild position.

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 consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

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