News and Deals Writer, Commerce, Home

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The Commerce News and Deals team at Dotdash Meredith is looking for a smart, sharp writer to cover timely, home- and lifestyle-related shopping content, including sales roundups, expert-approved items, single product reviews, and customer-loved pieces. This person should understand online shopping and affiliate content and be familiar with our home brands, specifically Real Simple, Southern Living, and Better Homes & Gardens.

They will pitch and write multiple stories per week from an editorial point of view, telling readers about the seasonal and practical products shoppers are buying now, as well as sharing the amazing deals they’ve found on home, kitchen, gardening, fashion, and beauty items. The right candidate will be knowledgeable about shopping online, parsing data to make informed pitch decisions, and creating keyword-driven content.

Your day-to-day:

  • Write at least two shopping stories per day, moving quickly to cover timely discounts and sales that appeal to our brands’ audiences.

  • Craft creative and thoughtful pitches related to reader-loved topics, sales events, first-hand experience, and more.

  • Build partnerships and work collaboratively with writers and editors on the home news & dealsteam and other Dotdash Meredith teams to meet shared objectives.

  • Reach out to high-quality experts for in-depth perspectives on various topics and product picks.

  • Attend and participate in weekly team meetings.

You are: 

  • A strong editorial writer well-versed in a variety of product categories.

  • Knowledgeable about shopping in the home space and familiar with Dotdash Meredith’s home brands.

  • Experienced with commerce content and affiliate linking.

  • Familiar with SEO and affiliate linking best practices.

  • Comfortable with digital media tools such as CMSes and Google Analytics.

  • Ready to take on challenges, identify and seize new opportunities, and step up to handle tough situations.

  • Ideally, you have 2+ years related experience.

  • Video skills are a plus.

Part of the Commerce team spirit means embodying these core competencies:

  • Manage Ambiguity: You can comfortably deal with change and can decide/act without the total picture. You remain calm and productive while dealing constructively with problems that do not have clear solutions or outcomes.

  • Nimble Learning: You’re eager to actively learn through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder. 

  • Self-Development: You want to seek new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels. You show a personal commitment to continuously improving, accepting stretch opportunities, and making the most of available development resources.

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444 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

An Insider's view of Dotdash Meredith

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Everyone that we work with is incredibly smart, so I love being able to learn from my coworkers, but not just about what they do, about how they think. I feel like I'm always getting better when I get to spend time with people in the office.


General Manager & VP, The Balance

What projects are you most excited about?

Atomic design is in our DNA at Dotdash. We're striving to have the dev and design teams work closer together and use a single source of truth for how components are pieced together using predefined molecules and atoms. This is exciting and innovative work that is helping us scale at an incredible rate and deliver on our promise of fastest sites!


Manager, Front-End Development

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since being at Dotdash, my career has grown exponentially in a very critical area: leadership. I went from a team of 1 to over 10 people and that has taken a serious adjustment. I’ve had to sharpen my soft skills by listening to my team and campaigning for them when obstacles prevent them from doing their best work.


SVP, Brand Marketing

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We do quite a few things to encourage creativity like hackathons, design sprints, and "Unconferences". That said, I think the most meaningful thing we do is to encourage teams to be autonomous. Having control and ownership over their respective applications gives our team members the freedom to explore ideas to solve their own problems.



What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe in our new office is friendly, fun and welcoming. Our employees are starting to trickle back in and it's been so nice seeing everyone in-person! Our upcoming hybrid schedule will give me flexibility to work from home a couple days a week but then I'll also get the in-person time with my colleagues that I miss so much!


SVP, People

What are Dotdash Meredith Perks + Benefits

Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Dotdash matches 100% of an employee's contributions up to 10% of their annual base salary.
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education available during work hours

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