The New York Times is looking for creative, interdisciplinary thinkers with strong technical backgrounds for our Interactive News team, a special digital projects group embedded within the newsroom.  

This engineering role combines technical and editorial thinking to create new forms for our readers and new ways for our journalists to work.  Our team’s mission is to practice software engineering as a newsroom craft. (Read more on our “About Interactive News” page.)

About You

  • You’re interested in applying your engineering skills to solve journalistic problems.
    We are responsible for creating software and unique interactive experiences that let newsroom staff help readers understand the world in new ways. You value the importance of deadlines; we’ll trust you to deliver.

  • You might be a frontend, backend or full stack engineer.
    Your specific technical background is less important than your willingness and demonstrated ability to learn, collaborate with others, and solve problems of all varieties to get the job done.

  • You enjoy collaborative making and iterative learning. 
    We aim to move quickly in aligning our tools and technologies to capitalize on newsroom and reader interests.  This often involves quick pivots, fast iteration and close collaboration with fellow designers, developers, reporters and editors on a project.

  • You’re interested in working across a range of newsroom contexts.
    We help shape new experiences like frontend reader expressions, internal research and reporting admins, one-off scripts or even larger software supporting specific reporting projects.

    You’ll be contributing to both technical and editorial aspects of this work. We believe the right technology applied at the right points can be transformational for our journalism.

  • You have demonstrated experience as an effective engineer.
    We will consider full-time professional experience, or significant work as an intern.  A strong command of engineering fundamentals is important, to work fluidly within newsroom discussion and deadlines.

About the Role

  • Preference will be given to candidates that can work out of our New York City headquarters or Washington, D.C. bureau.
    We will also consider applications for remote work, with proven effectiveness as a distributed team member.

  • We don’t require expertise on every part of the stack, though you should be prepared to learn the software frameworks we frequently work with.
    We work primarily in node.js and express, with some ruby, python and golang.  Our apps run in a kubernetes cluster on Google Cloud Platform, most backed by mongo and postgres databases.

  • We don’t require 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 New York Times 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 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: https://nytimes.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/NYT/job/New-York-NY/Software-Engineer_REQ-005878-1/apply

We will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis.  Please submit your application as early as possible.

Instead of a cover letter, our application will use the following materials to evaluate your application:

  • Your résumé (uploaded as an attachment)

  • A questionnaire asking you to:

    • Describe your interest in this role and our team.

    • Describe unique perspectives 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 engineering.

    • Describe where you saw our job posting.

Benefits and Perks:

  • 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.

  • As part of our commitment to career development and ongoing learning, we cover conference costs and reimburse tuition costs for coursework taken while you work here.

  • 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.

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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.