Staff Writer, Baby


Job Description

Wirecutter is seeking an experienced reporter and writer to test and review baby and kid products. We are looking for a tireless, fearless, curious person who can cultivate sources, acquire and test gear, and identify the questions-and provide the answers-to help parents navigate the endless stream of stuff we all "need" to make our children grow up into flawless, perfect people. ;)



Tasks:

  • Research, report, and write long form guides to essential products for new parents. (Also: Write guides for non-essential products, and be able to convincingly explain why they're not truly necessary.)
  • Think creatively about sources, identify experts, and plan meaningful tests. Reporting, for us, means calling conventional sources, of course, but also scanning user reviews and forums to find what truly matters about a class of product.
  • Conduct hands-on product testing. Sometimes that means living with items daily, sometimes it includes organizing a panel to solicit feedback, sometimes that requires hiring an independent lab. You and your editors will decide what the story warrants, but it will be your responsibility to acquire, evaluate, and often continue to use things for months after a guide is complete as you test them long-term.
  • Continually evolve as our methods improve, as our staff grows, as our writing style shifts, and as we find better ways to help people quickly and painlessly make decisions about what to buy to meet a need.
  • Respectfully engage with our community of readers in comments and on social media with the understanding that our guides are living documents and that reader input can shape our thinking and steer our reporting.
Job Requirements:
  • Two years minimum experience writing professionally. We're looking for an enthusiastic, open-minded reporter. Experience writing features and/or in-depth how-to guides is valuable. Experience covering products or services - especially involving hands-on or lab testing - is also valuable.
  • Empathy for parents of young children, experience shopping within this category, and a strong sense of what's essential and what's unnecessary, with a passion for the topic balanced by a skepticism of marketing claims and unproven ideas.
  • Ability to be a representative for our readers, to understand what they're looking for when they shop, with the discernment and care needed to make recommendations as though you were spending your own money.
  • Adept at finding ways to get in touch with product managers, professors, engineers, and other experts.
  • Comfort with gathering and organizing large amounts of data, putting it into spreadsheets, and probing the work for mistakes, missing information, or inaccuracies.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and patiently process multiple rounds of edits and to manage deadlines on multi-step projects.
  • Ability to communicate regularly on Slack and on video conferences with a distributed team that works remotely across many time zones.
  • An innate understanding of why one would feel a need to deeply research a purchase, and an ability to explain why one product is better than another in a natural, accessible, and detailed way.
  • Comfort with Google docs and spreadsheets. Photography experience a plus.
  • Residence in Los Angeles or New York City is required.
What it's like to work with us:
  • This is an extremely collaborative environment. Expect plenty of feedback and plenty of support.
  • Work-life balance is an important part of our DNA. We don't expect you to respond on nights and weekends or while you're on vacation.
  • We offer medical, dental, vision, 401K plans, and vacation and personal days to all full time staff.
To apply:



Before applying, please read about who we are and how we work . If you are qualified, available, and interested, we look forward to hearing from you. Please email a resume and cover letter and answer the following question in 400 words or less in the body of the email.
  • Tell us how you planned and completed a major purchase in your life. How did you choose what you bought? Were you happy with it-and why?
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