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The New York Times

Updates Writer, Kitchen, Wirecutter

Business and Financial Operations

All

Yearly

Full Time

No

New York, New York, United States

The [Register to View] target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">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

About the Position

Wirecutter is seeking an updates writer to help keep our catalog of kitchen gear reviews and recommendations useful and up-to-date.

As an updates writer, you will report directly to the kitchen team’s senior editor, making changes to live content owned by this team both proactively and reactively. You will be directly involved in our cyclical planning process, collaborating with writers, editors, and our SEO team to map out and execute sweeps and updates for reviews and other posts, while also monitoring stock issues and other product news that affects our coverage.

Previous product reviewing experience is not required, but you should be passionate about helping people choose the right thing to buy. An interest in cooking is a plus. You will work closely with other staff writers and editors on the kitchen team to gain reporting, testing, and writing experience. You will participate in testing in our Long Island City office, as well as have opportunities to test products at home. You will have opportunities to pitch, plan, test, and write reviews and articles, and develop beat expertise.

This position is based in New York City in Wirecutter’s Long Island City office (with the flexibility to work from home).

Responsibilities

  • Update reviews with new information like upcoming changes to our recommendations, products that we look forward to testing, and recent or long-term testing notes

  • Scan industry news regularly for changes that affect products and advice in your areas of coverage, communicating swift responses to our readers with our editors and social media team

  • Be directly involved in our cyclical planning process, collaborating with writers, editors, and SEO strategists to map out and execute on sweeps and updates for reviews and other posts

  • Collaborate with copy editors, fact-checkers, photo editors, and producers to move changes through our editorial process

  • Systematically check and update existing reviews for internal consistency, flagging dated passages for revision and making corrections where necessary

  • Use our customized content management system to edit live reviews, follow processes and stay up to date on best practices

  • Help maintain and improve our databases of everything we’ve published, tested, and recommended

  • Assist with updates for retail events (i.e., Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday), curated Wirecutter deal events, and other seasonal projects.

  • Pitch, write, and rewrite reviews and blog posts in and sometimes outside of your areas of coverage as necessary

  • Perform related work as assigned

Qualifications

  • Journalistic experience or training desired; other professional experience in writing about products or technology appreciated

  • Enthusiasm for product research and testing methods

  • Experience with basic HTML and Wordpress, or similar online publishing platforms

  • Familiarity with other publications that cover sleep and appliance news and new products

  • Self-organized and motivated, with effective communication skills

  • Ability to work on deadlines on multiple projects

  • Creativity in problem-solving

  • Experience working with remote teams and collaborative software appreciated

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by [Register to View] target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us [Register to View] target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here.

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:

Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, 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. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity and employee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The New York Times Company and Wirecutter provide employees and their families access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that includes not only medical, dental, and vision coverage, but also programs that help support their wellness goals. We offer a full suite of work/life assistance benefits including a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Employees giving birth now receive 20 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth, including adoptive parents, spouses, and parents also receive 20 weeks of paid leave. In addition, we also offer 401k matching.

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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 provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws, and will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws.