Full Job Description
With nearly 1,500 newsroom employees and journalists reporting from more than 150 countries every year, The New York Times remains the gold standard of quality journalism. We’re built around a mission of helping readers understand a fast-changing world and providing the original reporting that provides the bedrock of a healthy, informed, engaged society. Our unwavering commitment to our profession’s highest ideals - maintaining independence, elevating diverse viewpoints, holding power to account, enforcing rigorous standards for fairness and accuracy, and pursuing truth without fear or favor - and our leadership in creating new ways to tell digital stories has made The Times the most read, most awarded and most innovative news organization in the United States.
The New York Times Company is currently seeking a junior attorney who has experience as a litigator in handling matters involving libel, copyright, and freedom of information. Because the department handles much of its litigation in-house, the position requires someone with the ability to do hands-on litigation work. The position also requires outstanding research and writing skills.
The legal department of The New York Times works throughout the entire organization and partners closely with teams on the widest range of legal and compliance matters. This newly created position represents the opportunity to join a mission-critical legal team of approximately 13 attorneys and 10 legal staff members.
The position will report to the Deputy General Counsel.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Litigating in-house a portfolio of FOI cases, including the drafting of papers, arguing motions and appeals, and negotiating with opposing counsel.
Conducting research and assisting in developing position papers on strategic issues of concern to The Times’s business, advertising, marketing, and editorial operations.
Assisting in developing Company policies on matters of legal compliance.
Providing counsel to Times journalists on legal issues related to news gathering, access to information, libel, and privacy.
Providing hands-on assistance in the litigation of commercial disputes and copyright and libel cases as well as employment disputes.
Doing pre-publication review of articles, videos, and other content from The Times newsroom.
Handling responses to threats of libel suits or other litigation.
Working with the Company’s intellectual property lawyers on copyright and trademark issues.
Conducting in-house training on media law topics.
Managing the Company’s response to business and newsroom subpoenas.
Working with the Company’s employment lawyers on threatened and active litigation.
Three to five years of experience at a law firm with a proven track record of handling matters involving libel, copyright, and freedom of information as well as commercial litigation. Must be a member of the New York bar. Prior in-house experience is a plus.
Must have the ability to handle independently all aspects of FOI litigation and other types of cases, from drafting papers and arguing motions to negotiating with other parties.
Must have knowledge of the law of defamation and news gathering and have outstanding legal research skills.
Must have excellent written and oral communications skills and the flexibility and ability to work on deadline with journalists.
Must have an understanding of digital platforms and the legal issues related to digital publishing and data-based reporting.
Must have good judgment, a high level of professional integrity, and a familiarity with pre-publication review of print, video, and photographic content.
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.