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Newsroom UX Software Engineer — The New York Times

The New York Times k

New York, NY

Dec 18
Job Description

We're seeking an experienced frontend engineer for our Interactive News team, the special digital projects group embedded within the newsroom. This role combines UX, technical and editorial thinking to create new forms for our readers and new ways for our journalists to work. This position is based in our NYC newsroom.

ABOUT YOU

• You enjoy building web app interfaces. In this role, you'll build reader-facing experiences, as well as internal tools for reporters and editors.

• You have experience taking UIs from concept to production-grade finish. Our apps can evolve quickly from prototypes to daily use. You should be comfortable nurturing a project from start to finish.

• You're skilled in standard HTML, JS and CSS. Development practices within the team depend on strong web standards but we also use higher-level tools like SCSS and frameworks such as React.

• You're interested in applying engineering and UX skills to solve journalistic problems. We strive to imagine new experiences that help readers and newsroom staff better understand the world.

• You're excited about working in interdisciplinary newsroom teams. We regularly collaborate with other newsroom developers, reporters, photographers and editors during the full lifecycle of a project. Our collaborations help us grow staff skills and experiment with new forms of journalism and reader engagement.

• You value collaboration when working with designers. Depending on the project, our designers may provide general guidance or up to and including detailed specs.

• You take pride in your craft and understand the need to capture patterns. An overarching team goal is to find ways to share efficiencies or package patterns for reuse by other newsroom developers.

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a team, we draw on technical expertise to imagine new editorial forms. This role will combine digital creativity and software expertise:

• We don't require full-stack experience, but willingness to work beyond traditional frontend focus areas is important. As part of the collaborative process, we want you to grow to feel comfortable deploying apps on our infrastructure or making adjustments to API endpoints.

• This is an engineering role, rather than a design role. We expect you'll have demonstrated experience improving UX and will actively collaborate with newsroom designers on visual decisions.

• This is not a visualization or graphics role. We have interesting UI, UX, and interaction challenges to address, but our team focuses on tools and templates that can be used at scale within the newsroom. You'll be working on interfaces used repeatedly by a variety of users, rather than individual stories.

• We don't ask for deep journalism experience, but you should be a critical thinker when it comes to the news. You'll be directly involved in shaping thoughtful experiences for our readers.

ABOUT THE INTERACTIVE NEWS TEAM

Our team's mission is to practice software engineering as a newsroom craft. Read more on our "About Interactive News" page.

We want to improve our team by better reflecting our broad audience. If you're a member of a community historically underrepresented in technology, we encourage you to apply.

The New York Times Company offers a generous parental leave policy that applies to birth parents and adoptive parents. We encourage and pay for conference attendance and offer tuition reimbursement for job-related training.

TO APPLY

We will begin our screening and interview process on January 7th. Please submit your application as early as possible.

Instead of a cover letter, our application will ask you for the following materials within our evaluation process:

• Your résumé (uploaded as an attachment)
• A questionnaire asking you to:
• Describe your interest in this role and our team.
• Describe what perspectives can you bring to the role that will make us better.
• Describe any journalism experience you may have
• Provide work samples (code snippets, URLs, project summaries) describing your most relevant work for this position and how it expresses your approach to frontend engineering.

BENEFITS AND PERKS

• Make an impact by supporting our original, independent and deeply reported journalism.
• We provide competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and their families
• We support responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match.
• We offer a competitive parental leave.
• We are committed to career development and ongoing learning, and provide employees $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.
• We have frequent panel discussions and talks by a wide variety of newsmakers and industry leaders.
• Join a community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.

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.

NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.

The New York Times

This is an important moment to work at The Times. Across the organization, we're taking advantage of the changing media landscape to pioneer a new era of journalism. With high-quality, original reporting at our core, we’re thinking more creatively about our reader relationships and how to deliver new and relevant offerings and experiences.