New York Times Supervising Editor, Beds and Linens/Living and Decorating (Remote) in New York, New York
About the Position
Wirecutter is searching for a supervising editor to manage our product coverage in the areas listed below, as well as serving as the people manager for the staff writers assigned to their department.
Beds and linens: includes bedframes, mattress toppers, sheets, comforters, duvet covers, pillows, blankets, and bath towels.
Living and decorating: includes furniture (indoors and out), organizational items (shelving, storage bins, wall hooks, and the like), and other items and services related to home decorating (from online framing companies to college-dorm essentials).
The supervising editor will work with the department’s senior editor, to whom they will report, in planning the department’s coverage; proposing new ideas for guides, blog posts, and videos; and editing guides and blog posts.
Why you should apply:
You like helping people. You like helping readers spend their money wisely. You like helping writers show them how to do that. You probably have a methodical nature—maybe you’ve created a spreadsheet or two when researching a particular important purchase?—but you also enjoy inspiring readers to make their homes more welcoming, more stylish, and easier to live in.
You have the imagination and empathy to see that a family of six living in the New Hampshire mountains might have different storage needs (mud room!) from the empty nesters in San Diego (pool supplies!) or the trio of 20-something roommates in Fort Greene (under-bed bins!), and you feel the dedicated service journalist’s compulsion to help them each find the products right for them. And you have the organizational and time-management tools to keep your writers on schedule; judgment and insight that they can tap while evaluating the products they’re testing; and the editorial skills to help them achieve the clear, lively, jargon-free prose that we at Wirecutter strive for.
In a cover letter with your application, please tell us an example of a purchase you’ve made recently that turned out to be a mistake—what you bought, why it failed, and how you figured out what to get instead (or next time!). Spreadsheets not at all required...but if you did happen to make one, we’d love to see it!
Work with senior editor to set strategy for your beat.
Assign projects to freelance and staff writers.
Discern what’s essential and what’s unnecessary in your categories, and show passion for the topic balanced by skepticism of marketing claims and unproven ideas.
Juggle 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 the 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, challenge writers’ assumptions
Use data to support potential story ideas and track their performance
Write short form and occasional long-form content as required
Be a frank and forthcoming communicator; collaborate with writers rather than overwriting their work
Serve as the people manager for the staff writers assigned to your sections, approving timecards and expense reports, and doing midyear and annual reviews
Take a caring, thoughtful approach to supporting staff writers’ career growth and development
Five-plus years of experience working at a media company with at least two years of experience editing writers.
Experience with SEO (from an editorial perspective, not technical aspects of optimization) and a sense of how to use web analytics data to make editorial decisions.
Strong beat knowledge of your sections.
Fluency with Google Docs
Experience writing or editing reviews of products or services a plus
Experience with creating test plans for evaluating products
Experience collaborating with an art director and/or photo director to present content visually
Experience expressing complex ideas using visualizations such as charts, graphs, or infographics
Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company at http://investors.nytco.com/press/press-releases/press-release-details/2016/The-New-York-Times-Company-Acquires-The-Wirecutter-and-The-Sweethome/default.aspx in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.
We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission driven and reader supported; learn more about us here at https://thewirecutter.com/about/ .
Our Company Principles
Our principles help us create a work environment that breeds trust, respect, learning and is one that we all are excited about showing up to each day.
Seek Understanding: We are lifelong students who want to understand the world around us. We are curious to understand our readers, how we get better at our own disciplines and how we can work better together. This means we are active listeners, information hunters and empathetic.
Explain Why: Because we seek to understand, we value the importance of explaining our ideas and our understanding. This means we are constructively candid, sharing our perspectives and the thought process behind it. And then learning from the conversation that ensues. We are all teachers and students, helping each other grow.
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Even with our offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Wirecutter remains a highly remote friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA.
Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:
Though Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, 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. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.
We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Birth mothers receive 16 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.
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.
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