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The New York Times

Instagram Staff Editor (Temporary) (REQ-012467_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

The New York Times is looking for an ambitious and creative editor to join its Instagram team as a staff editor. The ideal candidate should embrace the journalistic mission of The Times and possess a strong sense of story and keen editorial judgment as well as a good grasp of photojournalism, video journalism, graphics and art direction. Candidates should also have considerable experience with Instagram and passion for the possibilities of The Times’ visual storytelling on the platform.

This position will contribute to the daily report, including visual editing and writing, for the @nytimes account with 15 million followers. The job requires coordination with journalists across the newsroom to shape the way The New York Times tells breaking news and enterprise stories on Instagram.

The best candidate should be a great communicator who thoroughly understands the platform and can leverage all of its tools to grow our overall presence there. He/she must be a team player and must initiate and develop ideas for visual stories. Candidates should be comfortable with change and be able to work well in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. Excellent news judgment, strong writing skills, and a firm sense of journalistic ethics are essential. Evening and weekend work may be required in this role.


Staff Editors on the Instagram Team may be assigned any or all of the following job duties:

  • Select and process visual element images for use on Instagram.

  • Compose informative and compelling headlines, captions for Instagram feed posts and Instagram Stories.

  • Refresh, and prepare the Instagram Highlights section.

  • Help Coordinate and produce Instagram Lives.

  • Assist other Instagram producers on the main @nytimes account and Sibling Accounts.

  • Prepare and correct visual elements to produce finished Instagram post and Stories.

  • Execute on a variety of visual storytelling projects; execute detailed plans for how major enterprise stories will appear.

  • Collaborate with a team of 5-10 visual editors, social editors and writers to execute multiple posts and IG stories each day and handle comment moderation and audience engagement.

Required skills:

Staff Editors may be assigned any or all of the following job duties as part of their specific job assignment based on skills and abilities and the operational needs of the desk: copy editing, photo editing, news designing, digital producing, image production, research and story editing.

This is a 1-year temporary role, 35 hours a week.

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.