Employment Opportunities

Copy Editor (part-time contract position)

Copy Editor (part-time contract position)

Foreign Policy is looking for a meticulous, internationally aware person to copy-edit web articles ranging from 400-word news briefs to 10,000-word long-form articles. This person will be providing backup to the copy desk when the copy chief is busy copy-editing FP’s bimonthly print magazine. Therefore, this position will require the person to work a three-week stint on weekday evenings (roughly 4 to 9 p.m.) once every two months. In other words, this is not a continuous daily position, but instead is one that consists of a three-week stint once every two months.

–At least two years of professional copy-editing experience, particularly with articles about foreign policy, international news, and defense.
–Perfectionism with spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage.
–Knowledge of AP style.
–Above-average knowledge of world events.
–Ability to maintain composure in a boisterous, fast-paced newsroom.
–Tactfulness when informing colleagues about their mistakes.
–Speed when it comes to time-sensitive articles.
–Obsession with detail and getting things right.
–Familiarity with WordPress or the ability to learn it quickly when provided basic instruction.
–Ability to make judgments among competing English transliterations of foreign words.
–Good judgment to know when to adhere to house style and when to allow writers artistic license.
–Foreign-language skills are a plus.

25 to 30 hours a week from 4 p.m. to sometimes as late as 10 p.m. on weekdays. It’ll be great if the copy editor is available to work occasionally during other weeks and on the weekends on an as-needed basis.

Other Requirements
In the beginning, the copy editor must be able to work in FP’s Dupont Circle office on his/her own laptop through Wi-Fi until fully trained. Once up to speed, the copy editor can work from home three days a week, but must be in the office at least two days a week.

To Apply
If qualified and interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, and samples of articles you’ve copy-edited (either links or attachments) to Preeti Aroon, FP’s copy chief, at preeti.aroon[at]foreignpolicy.com. Please, no phone calls.


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