Senior Staff Writer, Home Office, Wirecutter (REQ-011541_New_York)
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About the position
Wirecutter is seeking an experienced writer to cover home office gear, apps, and software. Wirecutter’s home office section has become increasingly important as more offices have adopted a remote and hybrid work culture. This person will be the main researcher, tester, and reporter on this beat and will be responsible for creating new reviews and other forms of content that help our readers navigate working from home while remaining productive, professional, and comfortable.
As a senior staff writer, you will be responsible for maintaining multiple existing long-form guides to the best office chairs, headsets, printers, pens, tax filing software, task management apps, etc.—and for the creation of new guides that fill in gaps in our existing home office coverage. You will also contribute related content in the form of how-to articles, blog posts, and newsletters. You will report to a senior editor, and your day-to-day workflow will involve interacting with a large team of editors, producers, fact-checkers, and other colleagues, primarily through team tools like Zoom and Slack. This role has the potential to be remote.
Research, report, and write long form guides and short form posts on a particular beat; think creatively about sources, identify experts, and plan and conduct meaningful short- and long-term tests
Request product samples and process their return
Call experts and review academic journal articles and other scientific data; methodically scan user reviews and forums to find what truly matters to readers
Collaborate with editors to conceive new content and formats and move ideas from pitch to publish
Collaborate with photo, video, and illustration departments to produce visuals to support guides and blog posts
Work with our community team to respond to reader feedback and questions; work with our affiliate team to resolve stock issues on recommendations; work with our operations team on product orders and testing plans.
May be required to attend trade shows and product news events as needed to build contacts and expertise in relevant topic areas
Perform related work as assigned
5+ years of professional writing experience. Past work on product reviews or related topic areas like ergonomics, software UX, or productivity are a plus.
Excellent communication skills and experience working in a remote environment; ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Superior research and reporting skills, and established relationships with companies and experts in order to request products for review or investigate details
Empathy for the frustrated or confused reader. We are not writing only for the experienced enthusiast, but for everyone who cares about spending their money wisely and buying the right thing the first time.
Ability to contribute creative, original ideas for hands-on testing
Patience to work through multiple rounds of edits and balance multiple reporting projects and deadlines simultaneously
Comfortable working with large amounts of data and organizing spreadsheets
If remote, candidate must have space to test bulky items like office chairs, desks, and printers
Please include your résumé/CV and a cover letter with your application. You can only upload one file in the “Résumé/CV” box, so please combine and upload your materials as one file.
This is a union position as classified by the NewsGuild of New York.
Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture and is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA.
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">The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us [Register to View] target="_blank">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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