Overview

Job Description

About the position

Wirecutter is seeking an updates writer to help keep our catalog of health, sleep, fitness, baby, and kid product reviews and recommendations useful and up-to-date.

As an updates writer, you will report directly to the 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 SEO strategists to map out and execute on sweeps and updates for reviews and other posts, while also monitoring stock issues and other product news that affects our coverage. This role has the potential to be remote.

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, following process, and staying 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

  • Strong writing and editing skills, including experience writing for online and/or print publications (this is an entry-level editorial position; experience at the college level may be sufficient)

  • Empathy for the confused or frustrated shopper and interest in improving the shopping and buying experience for our readers

  • Experience with basic HTML and WordPress or similar online publishing platforms, or enthusiasm for learning these skills

  • Interest in or experience with health, fitness, sleep, and/or baby or kid products

  • Self-organized and motivated, with effective communication skills

  • Ability to work on deadline on multiple projects

  • Creativity in problem-solving

  • Experience working with remote teams and collaborative software

Please include your résumé/CV and a cover letter with your application, as well as a writing sample telling us about a recent purchasing decision you made. What did you consider in making your choice and how did you approach your research and final buying decision? Please keep your answer to 600 words or less. NOTE: You can only upload one file in the “Résumé/CV” box, so you should combine and upload your résumé, cover letter, and writing sample as one file.

This is a union position as classified by the News Guild of New York. 

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.

We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission driven and reader supported; learn more about us here.

Our Company Principles

Our principles help us create a work environment that breeds trust, respect, learning and is one that we all are excited about showing up to each day.

Seek Understanding: We are lifelong students who want to understand the world around us. We are curious to understand our readers, how we get better at our own disciplines and how we can work better together. This means we are active listeners, information hunters and empathetic.

Explain Why: Because we seek to understand, we value the importance of explaining our ideas and our understanding. This means we are constructively candid, sharing our perspectives and the thought process behind it. And then learning from the conversation that ensues. We are all teachers and students, helping each other grow.

Solve Things: We love to solve things, whether they are our own problems, our readers problems or our colleagues problems. While we often can solve problems on our own, we believe our best results come out when we solve them together.

Get It Done: We are passionate about getting things done. Whether it is our own individual work or teamwork, our instinct is to forge a path forward and learn as we go. This means we continually focus on how to turn work into achievable chunks, communicate those effectively to the team and efficiently execute against them.

Make It Better: We aren’t satisfied with perpetuating the status quo. We’re always looking forward. We live to change the world around us for the better, making a difference in our own lives and our readers’ lives. If we are being ambitious enough, this means that we will both fail and succeed and we take pride in owning both of those outcomes as long as we are learning.

Locations

Even with our offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Wirecutter remains a highly remote friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA.

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

Though Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, 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. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.

We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Birth mothers receive 20 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 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 consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.