We have an opening for an editorial assistant in Opinion, supporting two columnists. This job, which is based in NYC, is a great gig for someone who is organized, digitally savvy and has broad-ranging news interests with a special curiosity about politics and national affairs. The editorial assistant must have a sharp eye for detail; a strong sense of fresh arguments and good writing; superb research skills; a devotion to the highest standards of accuracy, precision and verification; ability to dive into unfamiliar material on deadline; discretion in handling sensitive editorial material; familiarity with various social media platforms; and a strong interest in opinion journalism. Collegiality and diplomacy are essential.
This candidate will perform functions that include, but are not limited to, the following: Keep abreast of the news in the field covered; Conduct research for the columnists; Verify and/or correct the accuracy of the information contained in draft columns and occasional op-eds, and write summaries as necessary; Post on various social media platforms and collaborate with Opinion Audience team on deepening relationships with readers; See the column(s) through all stages of the publishing process; Help produce a weekly newsletter with an eye to detail and quality; Some clerical duties
At least 1 year of experience in journalism, conducting research and fact-checking and/or text editing for published media strongly preferred. Must be able to occasionally work weekends (2-3 hours) and evenings as column schedules or news cycle determine. This is a guild position.