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Recent College Grads: Cover Your Generation for The New York Times



Protesters hold signs during a show of solidarity with the press in front of The New York Times building on Feb. 26, 2017, in New York.


Protesters hold signs during a show of solidarity with the press in front of The New York Times building on Feb. 26, 2017, in New York. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

The old Gray Lady wants to get hip with you crazy kids.

At least, that’s what it sounds like in this New York Times post seeking five college students or recent grads to become correspondents. The company’s only qualifications are that you’re young and a good writer; no other experience is required.  



The Edit, its newsletter for the younger set, will feature one correspondent’s essay each week, covering a topic supposedly of interest to your peers. The paper promises to pay for multiple contributions, although it didn’t say how much.

To apply, send an email with a brief description about yourself, along with 500 words about one of the four topics listed. One of the writing prompts is sharing your pet peeve about the way people write about your generation; I wouldn’t recommend using any Times articles as examples.

Writing not your thing? No worries, check out other gigs on our Facebook Jobs page, where we post new opportunities all the time.

Apply to Be a Correspondent at The New York Times

Responsibilities include:

  • Write about issues of interest to students and people who’ve just started their careers. You’ll be expected to contribute multiple articles throughout the year.

Applicants for this position must have:

  • Strong writing skills, although neither a journalism degree nor media experience is required.
  • Knowledge about what the kids are talking about these days.

Apply here for a correspondent gig at The New York Times.  

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her first paid writing gig was for The New York Times, when as a college student, she was asked to report on television coverage for the 1998 election. She got paid $50. Got a great job opportunity you’d like to share? Email her at [email protected]

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