Food & Culture Editor, Boston

Reports To: Global Food and Drink Editor
Location: Boston, MA
Department: Content

Role Overview

We are seeking an excellent editor, writer and curator who lives and breathes food, culture and going-out in Boston. The successful candidate will be a journalist with strong experience (at least five years) in a digital media environment who thrives on sharing their passions and discoveries with an online and in-person audience. They will also be a brilliant communicator who is bursting with ideas on developing an audience and who has a strong list of contacts in the eating and drinking sectors.

The focus of the job will be on bringing the best of Boston – including the new, the emerging and the under-explored – to our online audience. The successful candidate will celebrate both the mainstream and the lesser-known with the Time Out audience: people come to Time Out to discover what’s really worth spending their time and money on, whatever the hype – this means we celebrate emerging street food stars and unheralded neighborhood joints alongside worthwhile major tourist attractions and huge music festivals 

The role is also strongly tied to the ongoing development of Time Out Market Boston – Time Out’s singular food and culture destination, which opened in the heart of The Fenway in 2019 and which will soon reopen with renewed energy and purpose to bring the best of the city’s food and culture together under one roof.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan, write, commission, edit and proof all content (news, features, listings, interviews, etc.) across digital, social and e-newsletter for Time Out Boston.
  • Work closely with the Time Out Market team to refresh the food and drink curation at the Market and to supply ideas for an energetic cultural program at the Market (via, eg, exhibitions, panels and live events).
  • Have your finger on the pulse of Boston’s food and drink and culture/going-out scene; use your professional contacts and social networks to be the first to identify the next big thing and bring it to the Time Out audience, in digital or at the Market.
  • Post quick and timely daily news coverage that opens Boston’s eyes to what’s new and exciting in the city.
  • Conceptualize new feature ideas and stay on top of current ones, including but not limited to Eat List, Drink List, Do List and Cheap Eats.
  • Work with our video team to create successful food and drink video content.
  • Occasionally contribute food and drink ideas, posts and features to Time Out’s national and global food and drink coverage.
  • Represent the brand at industry events and in media appearances.

Personal Attributes and Essential Skills

  • A passion for and excellent knowledge of the food and drink industry and general going-out/culture scene in Boston and the surrounding area.
  • A strong network of contacts on the food and drink scene in Boston.
  • Minimum five years professional consumer content experience in the food and/or lifestyle sector, with a strong reporting and editing background and experience of working with a digital CMS, leading social platforms and other digital publishing tools.
  • Excellent grasp and understanding of SEO best practices.
  • Strong ability to be self-sufficient but also to work collaboratively with other departments and roles, both locally and remotely.
  • Highest standard of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize accordingly.
  • The ability to write copy in line with the highest editorial standards.
  • The ability to work quickly to meet tight deadlines under pressure.
  • A strong industry reputation.
  • Flexibility and a professional approach at all times.
  • The ability to self-supervise in order to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in and contribute to a fun and dynamic team-based environment.
  • Must be educated to degree level or equivalent industry qualification.

What we look for in a candidate

Time Out is a company filled with individuals as diverse as the cities we live in and cover.  At the same time there are common characteristics and values we all share. To join our team, you’ll want to… 

• Be commercially astute
• Either have experience at or want to dive headfirst into a fast-paced transformative company in pursuit of excellence
• Think globally
• Have excellent communication and relationship building skills
• Have a high sense of ownership, urgency and drive
• Be a team player

About Our Culture

At Time Out Group we believe in diversity and equal opportunity for all people. We do not discriminate against external or internal candidates on the basis of age; disability; gender, gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity. We believe that diversity develops creativity and enables personal and professional growth where we all learn from each other. We believe in an open culture where ideas are shared candidly and where there is no fear of failure, but rather an understanding that we must experiment and have the freedom to succeed. We believe that everyone has the right to express themselves as they are as this enriches us all. We believe in an open world, social justice, and the pursuit of happiness, after all, we are in the happiness business.

About Time Out Group plc

Time Out Group is a global media and leisure business that inspires and enables people to explore and enjoy the best of the city.

It all began in London in 1968 when Time Out helped people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the capital. Since then, this iconic brand has consistently maintained its status as the go-to source of inspiration for both locals and visitors alike.

Time Out Group has been named one of the Most Innovative Companies for 2020 by Fast Company - this prestigious annual list honours the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s fast-changing world. The Group comprises two highly synergistic business divisions: Time Out Media and Time Out Market.

Time Out Media’s digital and physical media proposition comprises websites, mobile, social media, print and live events. Across these platforms, Time Out distributes its high-quality content – written and curated by local expert journalists – around the best food, drinks, culture, art, music, theatre, travel and entertainment in 328 cities and 58 countries. The Company is monetising this global reach and its strong traffic from a desirable audience via digital and print advertising as well as e-commerce. Since its launch 50 years ago, Time Out has become a global brand that advertisers and consumers love and trust.

Time Out Market is a food and cultural market leveraging the Time Out brand to bring the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences – based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for. The world’s first food and cultural market experience based wholly on editorial curation, Time Out Market captures decades of local knowledge, independent reviews and expert opinions. Everything that is being offered in Time Out Market must have been reviewed with four or five stars, and not one star less, by independent Time Out journalists.

The first Time Out Market opened in Lisbon in 2014 and is now Portugal’s most popular attraction with 4.1 million visitors in 2019. Following this success, five new Time Out Markets opened in North America in 2019 in Miami, New York, Boston, Montréal and Chicago, and we recently celebrated the opening of Time Out Market Dubai in April 2021. A further pipeline of other global locations includes Porto, Prague, Abu Dhabi and London.

Across both business divisions, the Group’s mission is to help people around the world go out better. 

Time Out is a dynamic, pioneering brand and so is our team. We want to work with the best and brightest talent because we work for the world’s greatest cities, the people enjoying them and the businesses in them. As a truly global team we get to collaborate with colleagues from New York to Paris, Tokyo and Sydney and beyond. It’s our integrity, passion, curiosity, creativity and openness that make us successful and a unique team.