The New York Times Climate Change Editor Wanted



Visuals by Tim Lahan


The New York Times is looking for a climate change editor
Drone footage that shows Greenland melting away. Long narratives about the plight of climate refugees, from Louisiana to Bolivia and beyond. A series on the California drought. Color-coded maps that show how hot it could be in 2060.

The New York Times is a leader in covering climate change. Now The Times is ramping up its coverage to make the most important story in the world even more relevant, urgent and accessible to a huge audience around the globe.

We are looking for an editor to lead this dynamic new group. We want someone with an entrepreneurial streak who is obsessed with finding new ways to connect with readers and new ways to tell this vital story.

The coverage should encompass: the science of climate change; the politics of climate debates; the technological race to find solutions; the economic consequences of climate change; and profiles of fascinating characters enmeshed in the issues.

The coverage should include journalism in a variety of formats: video, photography, newsletters, features, podcasts, conferences and more. The unit should make strategic decisions about which forms are top priorities and which are not.

The climate editor will collaborate with many others throughout the newsroom, but will operate apart from the current department structure, with no print obligations. (The Times is also searching for editors to lead similar teams exploring education and gender.)

To Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, examples of previous work, and a memo outlining their vision for coverage to Dean Baquet and Sam Dolnick by Sept. 19. This vision is the most important part of the application. It should be specific and set clear priorities. Some important questions to wrestle with:

What audiences should we be focusing on?
How will our coverage fit into their lives, and how will they experience it?
How will we distinguish our coverage from other journalism in this space?
What will be the main vehicles for the coverage? Features? News? Videos?
Should there be a signature voice attached to our climate coverage? Who?
How will you make a difficult subject interesting and accessible?
What stories are we willing not to do?
What should the team look like to get it done?
This non-Guild position is open to internal and external candidates. Applications should be sent to


1. The New York Times should focus on persuading the people who are not convinced that climate change is alarming. This includes Republicans,  weathercasters, conservatives, deniers, skeptics, and possibly some interests in the undeveloped world. Plus right now only a minority of people have climate change on their agendas. What climate communications is doing now it is not working. Focusing on values not science. Republicans were less skeptical of greenhouse effect when George Bush and Margret Thatcher were supporting climate negotiations.

2. People should get most of their climate change coverage from the weatherman.

They should also get their coverage through a gain frame lense. Loss frames and even impact frames are not that effective at persuasion. Peripheral persuasion through movies. People should also get most of their coverage from the science and military frames.

3. Our coverage will better explain the science. We will have imbedded science journalists similar to war correspondents with soldiers.



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