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The New York Times

Columnist (REQ-012405_New_York)

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media



Full Time


New York, New York, United States

The [Register to View] target="_blank">mission 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 newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and 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 Description

Well - The Times's section focusing on health, wellness, and better living is looking for a creative and ambitious reporter to produce outstanding service and enterprise journalism about consumer health. The Well desk offers science-based guidance on a range of topics including mental and physical health, exercise, nutrition, relationships and wellness trends. You'll cover news and service in the health and wellness space with a relatable voice that helps guide readers as they make decisions about their health. A significant part of this role is writing Well’s popular weekly newsletter about wellness, offering you the opportunity to connect with readers directly about issues they care deeply about.

You should be able to connect the dots and spot trends before our competitors get to them. You should be willing to experiment. You should be truly passionate about health and wellness, have plenty of ideas, and have the desire to be the go-to source for a health-obsessed audience.

This role requires precision, attention to detail, understanding of deadlines, and the ability to work with a team, including close partnerships with editors on the desk.

Specifically, you will be responsible for:

  • Reporting several stories a month.

  • Writing a weekly newsletter about wellness.

  • Monitoring the latest health studies and trends to conceive fresh and compelling story ideas.

  • Collaborating with visual editors on assignments.

  • Adhering to the Times’s editorial standards.

  • Developing stories that include a wide range of voices and perspectives.

  • Bringing fresh ideas to weekly meetings.


  • 7+ years as digital health, science, or lifestyle reporter.

  • Strong communication and organizational skills.

  • Proven track record of producing first in class health and/or lifestyle journalism.

  • Passionate about health, wellness, and service journalism.

  • Well-organized and highly skilled at reporting a variety of story forms, including service journalism, feature stories, enterprise, profiles, and news.

This is a Guild position based in New York.


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.