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New York Times

New York, NY

Associate Writer, Games

LocationNew York, New York 10025
Employment TypeContractor
Date Posted2022-11-22
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Valid Through2023-10-02

Job Description:

The mission (https://www.nytco.com/company/mission-and-values/) of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description

The New York Times is looking for an associate writer to support its fast-growing and expanding games subscription business. This position reports to the Editorial Director, and is responsible for writing content that engage solvers and constructors of our games and puzzles, including the legendary New York Times Crossword, the Spelling Bee and other games. This role is based in New York City.

Why should you apply?

This is an opportunity to help shape products that people love. The New York Times Crossword is a unique brand, with a 76-year history and regarded as one of the pre-eminent puzzles on the planet. In the last years, we have expanded our puzzle offering into new games, building on our legacy of creating smart puzzles.

In this role, you will write content that helps solvers work through the Monday through Wednesday crossword puzzles. These solvers tend to be dedicated solvers of beginner to intermediate level puzzles. This writer will also contribute to our Gameplay newsletter and may be assigned feature stories on an as needed basis.

Responsibilities :

  • Write and produce three Wordplay columns a week.

  • Help moderate comments on their Wordplay content.

  • Engage our community in the comments of your content. Respond to reader feedback and questions.

  • Pitch and write a story a month.

  • Work with the social editor to promote features.

  • Write copy for the Gameplay newsletter on a regular basis.

  • Perform related work as assigned.


  • 2+ years writing or reporting in a consumer-facing field such as entertainment, news media, or games.

  • Experience writing for online audiences, with emphasis on writing with empathy for frustrated or confused solvers. We want to be fun and accessible.

  • Proficiency with major social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.

  • Advanced proficiency in crossword solving and enthusiasm for puzzles and games.

  • Basic experience with web production, and basic knowledge of web tools and interfaces.

  • Basic knowledge of journalism ethics and standards.

This position is represented by the NewsGuild of NY.

The annual base pay range for this role is between $74,816.00 and $74,816.00.


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.

Help shape the future of The New York Times

Whether it’s bringing new truths to light through reporting, optimizing products and formats to deliver a world-class digital and app experience, or analyzing data to better understand how we can best serve our readers, Times employees are part of a growing, unified team that is driven to build the best destination for journalism in the world.

That’s always been the case, but it is especially so today. In a time of uncertainty we’ve provided information and guidance to help readers navigate daily life — whether it’s understanding health risks or getting advice on staying sane and productive at home. This would not be possible without our journalists, data scientists, marketers, designers, engineers, project managers and many, many more.

Home to world-class talent

To create journalism and supporting products that stand apart, we must recruit the finest talent in the world. Journalists, data designers, videographers, agile marketers, art directors, and many others, we’re looking for people at all stages of their careers to bring different perspectives and practices to our teams. Together, we can make our journalism more insightful, meaningful and essential to the daily lives and understanding of people around the world.

Employee-driven benefits

If you see a job opening here that might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, health and wellness programs, a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, paid parental leave and much more.

If you are an active employee at The New York Times or any affiliates, please do not apply here. Go to the Career Worklet on your Workday home page and View "Find Internal Jobs". Thank you!

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