Copy Chief

Senior-level Digital Designer

Copy Chief

Foreign Policy is seeking a whip-smart, highly detailed, obsessively organized, and tireless copy chief to begin in early to mid-February.

–Copy-edit web articles ranging from 400-word news briefs to 10,000-word long-form articles.
–Copy-edit and proof articles for Foreign Policy’s bimonthly print edition.
–Supervise a deputy copy editor and part-time freelance copy editor.
–Maintain the stylebook, adding new entries and updating old entries as needed.
–Investigate possible errors and issue corrections when needed.
–Train new employees on house style and keep staff educated on style issues.

–At least five years of professional copy-editing experience, particularly with articles about foreign policy, international news, and national security.
–Perfectionism with spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage.
–Ability to fact-check names, titles, dates, quotes, and other details.
–Obsession with detail and getting things right.
–Knowledge of AP style and the ability to quickly master FP’s house style, which is a modified AP style.
–Skill at prioritizing and delegating work when multiple articles are at the copy desk.
–Skill at triaging when articles are time-sensitive.
–Ability to maintain composure in a boisterous, fast-paced newsroom.
–Above-average knowledge of world events.
–Ability to make judgments among competing English transliterations of foreign words.
–Foreign-language skills.
–Experience with managing and mentoring other copy editors.
–Tactfulness when informing colleagues about their mistakes.
–Good judgment to know when to adhere to house style and when to allow writers artistic license.
–Familiarity with WordPress or the ability to learn it quickly when provided basic instruction.
–Good sense of humor.

The copy chief must be available to work in the evenings until around 9 p.m. after a late-morning start. When the bimonthly print issue is in production, the copy chief must be able to work past midnight and on the weekends when needed. The copy chief must be flexible with work hours when news events demand it.

To Apply
We are seeking someone who can start in early to mid-February, so please apply soon.

If qualified, please email a cover letter, résumé, and samples of articles you’ve copy-edited (either links or attachments) to: copydeskjob [at]

Due to the volume of email, we can’t reply individually to each applicant to acknowledge receipt, but please be assured that we’re monitoring email closely and checking the spam folder.

Please, no phone calls.

Senior-level Digital Designer

Foreign Policy magazine is now accepting applications for senior digital designer.

Candidates should have experience designing graphics, infographics, maps, and charts — as well as producing and coordinating visuals, graphics, and interactive components with developers for large feature pieces across platforms, from desktop to mobile to tablet and beyond.

The ideal candidate will have a background in global news, as well as an interest in politics and economics. (You don’t need to understand the terms of the Greek bailout, but it would help to know what the ECB is.) You should feel at home and excited to work in a fast-paced, daily newsroom, collaborating with small teams of colleagues to make their work come alive online. You’re a talented multi-tasker with the ability to manage the pace of daily work while also pushing forward big-picture projects on deadline. And you’re familiar with trends in online and digital design, including data visualization, animated GIFs, illustration skills, and (ideally) some front-end coding.

In addition to working on daily news and longer-term robust features and special projects, there will be opportunities to not only help rebrand and redesign existing components of the website, but also to build and design entirely new features and templates as Foreign Policy grows and retools the website’s UX.

This is a hands-on design position for web platforms only. Day-to-day work includes collaborating with editors and staff writers on visual treatment for stories and designing and creating layouts for editorial products.

Skills: Experience with Illustrator, Sketch, and/or InDesign. Familiarity with all common image formats — web standards (JPG, PNG, GIF) as well as PSD, AI, and EPS — and an ability to optimize them for web/mobile display.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and portfolio (including relevant links to online projects) to deputy editor Rebecca Frankel: rebecca.frankel [at]


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