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Lead Editor, Accessibility and Aging in Place, Wirecutter
The New York Times
Location: New York, New York
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About the position
One in four adults in the United States has some type of disability, and roughly one in six Americans are 65 or older. Often the needs of these people are overlooked in product reviews. This is why Wirecutter is seeking an editor to help ensure that our reviews and advice are helpful to those who are aging in place and/or living with disabilities. This editor will collaborate with our writers and editors on reporting strategies and test planning to ensure a consistent and inclusive approach to product usability and accessibility. They will also edit and write product coverage, from buying advice to product odes.
Our ideal candidate thinks empathetically and pragmatically about the concerns, questions, and needs of people shopping online, either for themselves or for loved ones. You will take a creative and iterative approach to how we cover accessibility—helping us holistically improve our catalog so that it’s more helpful to a wider range of readers, while also identifying opportunities for more targeted changes to improve individual product reviews. We’d like you to play a leading role in defining how we approach accessibility in our coverage, pioneering not just our editorial approach but certain aspects of your role and work as well. The ideal candidate is passionate about accessibility issues, whether due to your own lived experience, that of a family member or friend, or otherwise. The role has the opportunity to power important reporting, and you’ll work directly with journalists who deeply care about making better product recommendations for all of our readers.
As the accessibility and aging-in-place lead editor, you will report directly to one of Wirecutter’s deputy editors. This role has the potential to be remote.
Work with the deputy editor and other staff editors to formalize our approach to accessibility and aging-in-place coverage in our product reviews, and assign projects to freelance and staff writers
Help fellow journalists report out tricky reporting questions and work accessibility into their criteria for choosing products, when applicable
Project manage multiple guides, blog posts, and other content with different writers; manage deadlines; plan and oversee product research and testing; review writers’ supporting documents and notes; edit and revise copy, and work closely with experienced Wirecutter editors to ensure stories are up to the editorial standards we’ve established in our hundreds of guides
Contribute original ideas to test planning, suggest creative reporting strategies, and challenge writers’ assumptions
Use data to support potential story ideas and track performance; work with our SEO team and editorial managers to plan new content
Write short-form and occasional long-form content as necessary
Collaborate with and respond to queries from fact-checkers, copy editors, and producers to prepare pieces for publication
Work with our audience 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; work with our photo editors to coordinate photography plans.
Perform related work as assigned
3+ years of experience working at a media company with at least one year of experience working with and editing writers
Experience with SEO (from an editorial perspective, not the technical aspects of optimization) and a sense of how to use web analytics data to make editorial decisions
Strong category knowledge, with the ability to discern what’s essential and what’s unnecessary in your beats; passion balanced by skepticism of marketing claims and unproven ideas
Experience writing or editing reviews of products or services, creating test plans for product evaluation, collaborating with an art director and/or photo editor to present content visually, and expressing complex ideas using visualizations such as charts, graphs, or infographics is advantageous as well
Experience reporting on disability and/or aging in place
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 résumé and cover letter as one file.
This is a union position as classified by the News Guild 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 The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us 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.
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.
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