About the position
Wirecutter is seeking an experienced staff writer to join our team; they will be covering:
- Home goods: furniture, decor, and accessories
- Setting up a home
- Small space living
- The full range of home basics, from utilitarian everyday items to more curated aesthetic accessories.
We’re looking for an experienced writer who’s familiar with the home goods industry and inherently understands how people want to live in their spaces. A curious reporter who can make informed, research-based decisions about which products are worth recommending, and communicate those ideas with simple and straightforward, but engaging, writing. Someone willing to cover the less glamorous basics with as much enthusiasm as the flashier furniture and accessories. A natural skeptic who wouldn’t want a reader to make a purchase they wouldn’t make themselves.
- A cover letter with five to seven of your published pieces and share some of your favorite home-related brands (either ones you own or ones you’d like to).
- A short writing sample (500 words max.) that explains a purchase you’ve made recently that turned out to be a mistake—what you bought, why it failed, and how you figured out what to get instead.
*You can only upload one file in the “Résumé/CV” box, so you can either upload your résumé, cover letter, and writing sample all as one file or use the “My Experience” section to attach additional documents.
- Research, report, and write long form guides and short form posts on the home goods beat; think creatively about sources, identify experts, and plan and conduct meaningful short- and long-term tests.
- Request product samples and process their return.
- Call experts and review academic journal articles and other scientific data; methodically scan user reviews and forums to find what truly matters to readers.
- Collaborate with editors to conceive new content and formats and move ideas from pitch to publish.
- Collaborate with photo, video, and illustration departments to produce visuals to support guides and blog posts.
- Work with our community team to respond to reader feedback and questions; work with our affiliate team to resolve stock issues on recommendations; work with our operations team on product orders and testing plans.
- Keep on top of industry trends, new brands, and product launches.
- May be required to attend trade shows and product news events as needed to build contacts and expertise in relevant topic areas. An existing network of experts is valuable.
- Minimum 2 years of professional writing experience.
- An established home goods beat knowledge.
- An innate understanding of why one would feel a need to deeply research a purchase, no matter how small, and an ability to explain why one product is better than another in a natural, accessible, and detailed way.
- An inherent skepticism of marketing claims, a science-based approach to research, and a commitment to high standards of reporting and accuracy.
- Comfort gathering large amounts of data, organizing it in spreadsheets, and probing the work for missing information and inaccuracies. Familiarity with Google Sheets and Airtable is also a plus.
- Experience doing original reporting and research for features or how-to guides is preferred; experience covering products or services, especially involving hands-on or lab testing, is also valuable.
- Ability to work collaboratively and patiently through multiple rounds of edits and balance multiple reporting projects and deadlines simultaneously.
- Adept at finding ways to get in touch with product managers, designers, engineers, and other experts.
- Excellent communication and task management skills in a remote work environment via Slack and video calls, with a distributed team that works remotely across many time zones.
- Empathy for the frustrated or confused reader. We are not writing only for the experienced enthusiast, but for everyone who cares about spending their money wisely and buying the right thing the first time.
- While we do have offices in New York City and Los Angeles (and commuting into our offices regularly may be an option eventually), we are a primarily remote company. A history of working remotely, or with remote colleagues, is preferred.
Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.
We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission driven and reader supported; learn more about us here .
Our Company Principles
Our principles help us create a work environment that breeds trust, respect, learning and is one that we all are excited about showing up to each day.
Seek Understanding: We are lifelong students who want to understand the world around us. We are curious to understand our readers, how we get better at our own disciplines and how we can work better together. This means we are active listeners, information hunters and empathetic.
Explain Why: Because we seek to understand, we value the importance of explaining our ideas and our understanding. This means we are constructively candid, sharing our perspectives and the thought process behind it. And then learning from the conversation that ensues. We are all teachers and students, helping each other grow.
Solve Things: We love to solve things, whether they are our own problems, our readers problems or our colleagues problems. While we often can solve problems on our own, we believe our best results come out when we solve them together.
Get It Done: We are passionate about getting things done. Whether it is our own individual work or teamwork, our instinct is to forge a path forward and learn as we go. This means we continually focus on how to turn work into achievable chunks, communicate those effectively to the team and efficiently execute against them.
Make It Better: We aren’t satisfied with perpetuating the status quo. We’re always looking forward. We live to change the world around us for the better, making a difference in our own lives and our readers’ lives. If we are being ambitious enough, this means that we will both fail and succeed and we take pride in owning both of those outcomes as long as we are learning.
Even with our offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Wirecutter remains a highly remote friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA.
Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:
Though Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, 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. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.
We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Birth mothers receive 16 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.
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 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 consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.Apply for this Job