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Senior Staff Writer, Software, Wirecutter.

New York, NY

Full time

Job Description

About the Position

Wirecutter is seeking a senior staff writer to write how-to pieces, explainers, and guides on software platforms, settings, and apps that help readers get more utility out of the devices they own. The ideal candidate will have experience covering tech software and apps for a general audience, as well as privacy and security topics. The senior staff writer will also take on testing and reporting for Wirecutter’s review coverage of VPNs, password managers, and two-factor authentication apps, among other assignments. You will report to the senior editor heading up an editorial team that focuses on computing more broadly, including laptops, smartphones, and computing accessories, and will often work on content that crosses categories.Experience covering consumer technology at a major media outlet is required. You will be closely attuned to the consumer tech news cycle as it pertains to software updates and new app features.This role can be based in our Long Island City, New York office with the option to be fully remote.



  • Pitch, research, report, and write multiple short-form pieces per week about the software, apps, and operating systems we rely on every day

  • Contribute to long-form guides on software and apps

  • Stay attuned to what Wirecutter and New York Times readers want to know about the software platforms that power their devices

  • Test beta/preview versions of iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows as part of researching and reporting how-to pieces, explainers, and guides

  • Collaborate with photo, video, and illustration departments to produce visuals to support articles

  • May be required to attend trade shows and product news events as needed to build contacts and expertise in relevant topic areas

  • Perform related work as assigned


Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience writing or editing reviews of consumer technology products and services at a major publication or media company

  • Experience with project management tools such as Trello, Basecamp, Asana and similar platforms, as well as the ability to build testing plans and evaluation criteria for software, apps, and services.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Deep familiarity with iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows

  • Ability to work collaboratively and patiently through multiple rounds of edits and balance the demands of multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously

  • Excellent communication and task management skills; ability to work efficiently in a remote work environment via Slack and Zoom calls, with a distributed team that works remotely across many time zones


Please Include

  • A cover letter explaining your relevant experience and your interest in Wirecutter and consumer technology.

  • Résumé/CV



Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture and is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA.


About Wirecutter

Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here.


Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, 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. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity and employee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.The New York Times Company and Wirecutter provide employees and their families access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that includes not only medical, dental, and vision coverage, but also programs that help support their wellness goals. We offer a full suite of work/life assistance benefits including a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Employees giving birth now receive 20 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth, including adoptive parents, spouses, and parents also receive 20 weeks of paid leave. In addition, we also offer 401k matching.


The annual base pay range for this role is between $76,500.00 and $105,000.00. 


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.