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New York Times Day Editor in New York, New York

The 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 world-renowned newsroom that 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.

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Job Description

The New York Times National Desk creates journalism that is revelatory and impactful, that is rooted in on-the-ground reporting and that deepens our understanding of America. Readers — both existing and future — are central to how we pick and write stories. We seek a wide variety of perspectives from different racial and ethnic backgrounds that reflect communities across the country, and we’re always learning from those we encounter. We dig deeply and hold leaders accountable. Collaboration is a key to our journalism, both within The Times and with local news outlets. We write with authority and intelligence, but we’re also conversational. We realize the power of visual journalism and are innovative in new ways to tell stories.

The National desk is seeking a senior staff editor to take on the critical role of day editor, a job that requires strength in all stages of the editing process, experience working both independently and collaboratively, calm under pressure, and the confidence to set priorities in a fast-paced breaking news environment. The most important quality: good judgment.

Working from the early hours in New York, the day editor plays a central role in shaping the National report, helping to identify and drive the most important stories of the day. The role requires a knack for spotting and elevating local news from across America for a broader audience, and a strong sense of what can make a powerful national story for The Times.

The day editor works with colleagues from across the newsroom on all aspects of a story as well as live coverage, including visuals, audience, alerts, and homepage and print display. This is a great job for someone who will thrive at the heart of one of The Times’s news desks.


  • Identifying daily coverage priorities for the desk and monitoring a wide range of sources for breaking news, national trends and potential storylines, avoiding holes in coverage and keeping us ahead of the competition.

  • Coordinating with other desk editors on assignments and deployment decisions, launching and running reporters or stringers as needed.

  • Helping to launch and run live coverage of breaking news, coordinating with Express, Live and other desks from across the newsroom.

  • Working with the National Director of News and others to plan advance coverage of major events, such as high-profile trials or funerals, hurricane and wildfire seasons, etc.

  • Handling both first and second edits on daily news and enterprise stories as needed.

  • Communicating coverage plans with other desks, warding off conflicts and identifying and facilitating opportunities for collaboration.

  • Staying current on new story formats and digital innovations in the newsroom, and providing or arranging training for other National staff as needed.

  • Helping with onboarding of new staff, acclimating them to the structures of the desk.

  • Identifying ways to improve or innovate, seeking always to facilitate and enhance the smooth functioning and efficiency of the desk.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years’ experience a journalism or media company or other relevant organization.

  • Experience working in high-pressure, deadline-driven newsrooms -- including coverage, workflow, as an editor.

  • Strong editing skills that demonstrate mastery of journalistic style and standards, including ethical and superb news judgment.

  • Commitment and track record of improving organizational culture and making organizations more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

  • Experience with people management, including recruiting and hiring, performance and feedback, career development, training, culture and communication.

  • Track record of developing strong and trusting relationships, collaborating, and building consensus and a commitment to being a coaching editor who develops their team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with a strong network of freelancers and stringers nationwide is a plus but not required.

  • Believes in The New York Times’ mission and values and is dedicated to being a part of our innovation and growth.

  • Previous experience directly managing and editing reporters.

This position is represented by the NewsGuild of NY

The annual base pay range for this role is between $115,506.56 and $125,000.00.

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.

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