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New York Times hunting for journalist to open bureau in Australia

The New York Times is officially on the hunt for a journalist to open a bureau in Australia.
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The American newspaper company confirmed to Crikey at the end of August that it was “focused on Australia”; however, it remained coy as to what that might look like.

According to a job ad, Australia as a market “is an important part of our international expansion strategy”.

The mission for the “experienced, entrepreneurial journalist with excellent writing skills” is to tell “an untapped reservoir of fascinating stories…to Australians themselves and the world”.

The New York Times is looking for “someone with a deep knowledge of Australia and a passion for covering the issues that resonate both with Australians and our global audience”.

The successful candidate will “focus on enterprise reporting from Australia for our readers around the world, but will also seek to build the Times’ audience in Australia”.

The job ad suggests The NYT will be building a team of journalists to be based in Australia.

“The ideal candidate will be a player-coach who will supervise and guide a small team of journalists also working on news and enterprise from Australia; work with potential editorial partners in Australia, including on investigative projects; and team up with other Times correspondents, who we hope will be visiting Australia more frequently,” the job ad states.

Applicants are required to outline their vision for the Australian bureau of the NYT ranging from what audiences the publisher should focus on to how stories should be told.

The position will be based in Sydney.

At the end of last month, the NYT began beefing up its Australian database of subscribers with a sponsored Facebook post aimed at driving Facebook users to sign up for the New York Times newsletter.

In the US, the NYT operates a paywall similar to Fairfax Media’s local model, which allows readers to access 10 free articles every month before being required to subscribe.

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