About Me

I am a freelance travel writer and a contributing editor at The New York Times, focusing on social media strategy and project management, who recently moved from NYC to London. Previously, I spent more than 10 years as a leading digital editor and strategist at The Times, where I developed a strong editorial background in writing, editing, video production and audience development.

As a writer, In addition to being a regular contributor to The Times’s travel coverage, recent writing has also appeared on QZ.com (Quartz) and History.com. My writing is often focused on travel, but I have a wide-range of interests and knowledge of several subjects, including sports, technology, food and arts & entertainment.

I’m also dedicating time to the love of my life (other than my wife): 5thDownFantasy.com. I launched the fantasy football news and analysis website in 2016 and we’re growing nicely, topping 100,000 monthly page views during the 2018 season.

Currently Available For: Freelance writing and some sort of crazy dream job offer you might have for me. 

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personal information

Full Name
Justin Sablich
location
Greater New York City
e-mail
justin.sablich[at]gmail.com
experience
11+ years
freelance
Available

skills

Writing
Social Media Strategy
SEO
Email Marketing
Video Production

Interests

areas of expertise

  • Travel
  • Sports
  • Fantasy Sports
  • Social Media and Tech
  • Food and Dining
  • Music

Publications

writing featured in

Clients

social media consulting

Selected Work Samples

selected work experience

2016 - Present

Contributing Editor

nytimes.com (sports and travel)

Create content for and strategize with The Times’s Snapchat Discover team; Create and implement social media and audience growth strategies for the Travel section; project manager of 2018 52 Places to Go Traveler series.

2017

Audience Development Consultant

quantamagazine.org

Implemented new social promotion strategy and practices; led email marketing strategies, implemented paid Twitter and Facebook campaigns; coordinated third-party syndication and content sharing deals

2016 - Present

Editor in Chief

5thDownFantasy.com

Oversee marketing, audience development and content strategies; Manage staff of freelance writers; write weekly articles; Founded website in July 2016

2015 - 2016

Senior Digital Editor (Travel)

nytimes.com/travel

Coordinated section’s daily digital report on all platforms; wrote and edited news and feature articles;  revitalized social media and SEO strategy for daily reports and special projects like 52 Places to Go; managed social media accounts, including @nytimestravel Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; assembled weekly email newsletter; grew travel page views by 34%; reduced bounce rate by 50%; trained staff on best digital production, social media and SEO strategies.

Education

2005-2006

Syracuse University; Newhouse School

MS in New Media
2002 - 2005

SUNY Cortland

BA in Communications

References

more available upon request

Monica Drake Assistant Managing Editor at The New York Times

Justin is an gifted, creative digital storyteller. He has original ideas and has the technical facility to fashion a story in an accessible way. He’s also a great collaborator and communicator.

Amy O’Leary VP Content at Headspace Inc.

Justin and I worked together at The New York Times while he was on the Sports Desk during a time of profound digital change. Throughout it all, Justin was the kind of journalist and digital thinker who was willing to take on any project, large or small, and was careful to ensure all the details were right before publication. A calm and easygoing presence, even on a busy news desk, Justin is a patient coach who helps others learn new skills, while always staying one step ahead of the next big idea.

Thomas Lin Editor in Chief at Quanta Magazine

Justin made a tremendous contribution to our audience development efforts. He quickly immersed himself in Quanta’s multiple content types and social media accounts (not to mention our newly redesigned site), and crafted a high velocity, effective campaign to grow our reach across the major platforms. Justin is a skillful, experienced digital journalist who can do it all.

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