New York Times Staff Writer, Floor Care Appliances, Wirecutter in New York, New York
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About the position
Wirecutter is seeking a staff writer to drive our coverage of vacuums and other floor care products. This writer will be responsible for maintaining existing long-form guides and writing related how-to articles, seasonal blogs, videos, newsletters, and social posts. This writer may also cover other appliances and contribute to other editorial projects as needed.
The ideal candidate is a resourceful, creative, assiduous researcher with a talent for finding good sources and asking the right questions, the ability to assimilate technical information and break down complex topics for our readers, and a passion for helping people choose the right thing to buy.
You should understand how a person thinks about a home appliance purchase—no matter their living circumstances, household size, geographical location, ability, or budget—and have an interest in investigating the impacts appliances have on the environment. Just as important, you should be able to devise and run tests to determine what products best suit people’s needs, and be able to present your findings clearly and succinctly.
You might be well suited to this role if you love figuring out how things work and have a knack for problem-solving. Previous experience testing and reviewing products isn’t required, but experience shopping for and using vacuums will be helpful. It would help, too, if you’re obsessive about keeping your floors clean and want to help readers figure out the best ways to do the same.
A successful person in this role will be comfortable collaborating across teams and functions, and should also thrive on working independently—researching, testing, writing, and responding to edits. This role reports to the appliance team’s supervising editor and is based in New York City in Wirecutter’s Long Island City office.
Research, report, and write long form guides and short form posts on floor care appliances; 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 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.
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
Minimum 2 years of professional writing experience.
Excellent communication and task management skills in a remote work environment; patience to work through multiple rounds of edits and balance multiple reporting projects and deadlines simultaneously
Experience shopping for and using floor care products is preferred; a passion for cleaning is a plus.
Experience doing original reporting and research for features or how-to guides is preferred; experience covering products or services, especially involving hands-on or lab testing, is also valuable.
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 (https://investors.nytco.com/news-and-events/press-releases/#data-item=The-New-York-Times-Company-Acquires-The-Wirecutter-and-The-Sweethome) in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here (https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/about/) .
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