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The New York Times

Editorial Assistant (REQ-012828_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 Licensing Group, the division that manages the distribution of journalism from The New York Times and other content providers around the
world, seeks an assistant managing editor to oversee its syndication editorial team.

The editorial team is responsible for editing, curating and packaging articles that make up various licensed products and services. They edit, repackage or abridge
a wide range of columns, news stories and in-depth features to meet the needs of international clients. In addition, the team contributes to the creation, editing
and distribution of bespoke publications and special series featuring essays by international contributors.

The editorial assistant, which is an entry-level position, is primarily responsible for managing a portfolio of syndication services and ensuring their on-time
delivery to clients.

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping manage a portfolio of syndication services and ensuring their on-time delivery to clients.

  • Editing content from The New York Times Licensing Group’s syndication services according to each service’s parameters and ensuring its delivery to clients on deadline.

  • Writing bright and engaging headlines, according to each service’s parameters.

  • Curating and selecting the content from each service that is best suited to the Licensing Group’s diverse international clientele.

  • Editing articles according to AP style or New York Times style.

  • Line-editing articles for clarity and abridging them by thousands of words so that smaller publications can publish them.

  • Performing a variety of administrative and clerical tasks and for supporting the work of the senior editors and assistant managing editor.

  • Replying to rights queries from the global sales team, preparing marketing emails and assisting in the training of new hires.

  • Assisting in the Licensing Group’s special commissioned packages.

  • Ensuring that all articles sent over the wire have the correct headers, with informative slugs, the proper keywords and the right copyright.

  • Filing corrections and kills for syndicated content as needed.

  • Coordinating with the photo editor to ensure that the correct art is posted with each article.

  • Keeping the managing editor abreast of any changes in syndicated content or possibilities for updating a syndication service.

  • Maintaining and fostering the Licensing Group’s working relationships with its content providers.

  • Replying to rights queries from the Licensing Group’s global sales team.

  • Preparing the daily newsletter email for the global sales team.

  • Ensuring that all syndication services in the editorial assistant’s portfolio appear on the newsletter each month.

  • Assisting in the training of new hires or interns.

  • Assisting with invoices and other clerical work as needed.

  • Ensuring that the Salesforce pages are up to date for each of the editorial assistant’s syndication services.

  • Ensuring that the instructional documents (explaining how each service is filed) are up to date for each of the editorial assistant’s syndications services.

  • At the end of each day, checking that the Licensing Group’s systems have delivered our syndicated content to clients on time.

  • Tracking the number of articles delivered to clients from each service throughout the week.

  • Completing a monthly check to ensure that all services have appeared in the daily newsletter.


  • Up to 3 years of editing experience or relevant experience in a media organization

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • A resourceful, organized and creative self-starter who collaborates well and can prioritize flexibility

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills

  • Ability to research resources, troubleshoot and solve problems creatively

  • Ability to embrace change and shift priorities quickly, with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Tireless commitment to excellence and sweating the details

  • Avid consumer of all media and a passion for The New York Times brand


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.