Editor, Culture

New York, NY

The Times is looking for an experienced leader to run its Culture desk. The editor will oversee coverage of culture in and far beyond New York, in both digital and print forms, and will be responsible for the execution of the independent and rigorous reporting and criticism that have made our arts journalism a gold standard for over a century. 


As culture editor, you’ll be in charge of a large and ambitious operation, charged with bringing fresh perspectives and a sense of urgency to news, service, criticism and both feature and investigative reporting. You should be a cultural omnivore who understands both how essential strong cultural reporting and criticism is in helping Times readers understand the world, and how crucial it is for that coverage to hold to account powerful systems and institutions that produce the art we consume, in all its forms. 


You should also be committed to the role The Times plays in being of service to its readers, making it possible for them to make informed decisions about what they listen to, watch and observe. 


And you should be intensely independent, producing journalism that serves the undecided rather than those who have already decided, using the expertise of our staff to walk our readers through the cultural issues that unite and divide our world. Culture is at the center of many of the fiercest debates of the day. You should be unafraid of documenting them.


What you’ll do:

  • Lead and shape coverage for The Times’s culture report.
  • Create a culture of collaboration and creativity, managing a team of talented journalists.
  • Support team development, culture and morale; you’ll be accountable for the success and development of direct reports and their respective teams.
  • Collaborate with masthead leadership on hiring, staffing and budget.
  • Collaborate with others in the newsroom on ambitious projects, packages and products.
  • Set goals for the desk and drive the team toward success.
  • Commit to driving coverage and creating a workplace culture that reflects our ambitious goals for diversity, equity and inclusion.


You should have:

  • A minimum of five years of experience as a newsroom leader, running a large and fast-paced team.
  • A successful track record running culture coverage and criticism for a large and varied audience.
  • A talent for nimbly identifying, developing and delivering news and information to readers and driving coverage of the arts.
  • Exceptional news judgment and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of the culture industries and their major players.
  • Commitment to The New York Times’s strategy, standards and mission.


This is an excluded position.


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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