Copy Chief

Posted 
June 15, 2022

Overview

Ensure that articles, videos and other editorial content are free of errors and typos, conform to AP and house style and are easy to read; manage house style guide and work with editors and writers to constantly improve the quality and readability of our work while demonstrating CPM’s values of integrity, community, innovation and diversity.

Salary Range: $60,048 minimum - salary commensurate with experience

Benefits information can be found here

Seattle, hybrid schedule available, must reside in WA State

Proof of vaccination required for employment

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background. We deeply value applicants from diverse lived experiences and backgrounds.

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES

  • Ensure that all editorial content (including articles, videos, newsletters, photo captions, etc.) is free of grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors
  • Check that names, places and organizations are spelled properly and that dates and statistics are accurate
  • Help ensure that articles, videos and other content are factual. This may involve contacting writers' sources and conducting online research
  • Ensure that articles speak respectfully and in culturally appropriate terms to all the communities in the Puget Sound area and beyond
  • Develop and maintain house style guide, alert editorial staff to additions and changes
  • Enforce AP and house styles
  • Work closely with writers, suggesting changes to enhance articles' readability, conciseness and style
  • Assist in the writing of headlines, story summaries and captions
  • Assist editorial team with story development and editing when requested, working with staff writers and freelancers to craft clear, compelling copy that captures audiences online
  • Assist in special projects when requested, including scripting daily news briefs and crafting daily email newsletters
  • Maintain familiarity with trends in language, word usage, style and linguistic sensitivities, as well as forms of storytelling and other issues in journalism
  • Identify and work with editors to address potential red-flag issues, including offensive language, unfairness, inaccuracies and libel
  • Provide feedback on existing workflows and collaborate with Managing Editor to improve processes involving the production of Crosscut journalism
  • Collaborate with other team members to foster a positive and productive culture and contribute toward the overall growth of the CPM
  • Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice

REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Familiarity with quantitative journalism, statistics and data
  • Proficient in copy editing and proof-reading; commitment to ongoing technical skill development as relates to position
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Adept at working both independently and collaboratively to accomplish goals and objectives within deadlines
  • Ability to support and anticipate needs of leadership and fast-paced operations

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Five years of experience as an editor in digital journalism
  • Experience editing breaking news, features and projects, as well as social media and web production

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to regularly type on a keyboard
  • Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods