New York Times Op-Ed Commissioning Editor, Video in New York, New York

Job Description

The New York Times Video unit is expanding at https://https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/jobs/nyt-video-opinion-editor.html its Opinion brand. With Adam Ellick at https://www.nytimes.com/by/adam-b-ellick at the helm of the team, we’re developing a new kind of journalistic commentary that will explore the most divisive and defining issues of the day. We want to engage our audience in rich debate using emotion, humor, tension, controversy, and creativity. Our goal is to make videos that inform, shape, provoke and challenge the perspectives of our audience.

We’re looking for…

Someone who will be responsible for discovering video Op-Ed contributors from the outside world, and working with them to record and/or produce opinionated video dispatches. This means culling experts, politicians, activists, comedians, celebrities, and thought leaders to contribute their perspectives in video format. The ideal candidate will be a voracious reader, a news hound, and possess a familiarity of major voices on the issues of the day.Additionally, the ideal candidate should be able to comb non-traditional platforms to discover grassroots and alternative voices from people who are not yet popularized.Someone who will assign and oversee video production — which may range from guiding contributors through do-it-yourself scrappy recordings, to hiring video production crews to produce more slick shoots. Writing, editing, fact-checking and overseeing production will be essential.This job is for someone who has a knack for experimenting with new video styles. The Commissioning Editor will exercise independent judgment to quickly assign, edit and produce video during important breaking news events, and to have journalistic foresight to commission relevant topics for the future.An understanding of video is required, but this role does not require video production experience.

To Apply

Applicants should submit their resumes, work portfolio, and a memo outlining their ideas.

Memos should include specific ideas for how we invent Opinion video at The New York Times. Please address these questions:

  • Describe your vision for how we should invent Opinion video at The Times.

  • What role should video play in making The Times’s Opinion section more relevant in our audience?

  • How will we distinguish our voices from the cacophony of voices across many platforms and outlets?

  • Which subjects should Opinion focus on, and how would you approach all aspects of one of those subjects?

  • What categories of work — provide specific stories and examples from other outlets — do you think stand out?

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