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Copy Editor (Volunteer)

 

Copy Editor  (Volunteer)

*Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time, volunteer work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment. All positions are remote/ work-from-home.

Are you an experienced copy editor who is passionate about making a difference? Would you find it exciting to work with smart and talented individuals committed to producing great journalism in the public interest? Can you commit (a minimum of) 10 hours a week to our mission, working remotely on your own schedule with our far-flung, diverse team? 

We are seeking…

Are you a great wordsmith with an eye for detail? Are you looking to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with a great team, spread all over the world? Are you detail-oriented and confident editing articles across a variety of topics? Can you adhere to strict deadlines and be extremely meticulous to identify and correct small errors in punctuation, spelling, or grammar?

Then you could be the copy editor we’re looking for!

WhoWhatWhy is a nonpartisan, agenda-free news organization. Not left-wing, not right-wing, not consensus-seeking, we report the truth, whatever it is. We approach each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep beneath the surface — and don’t back away in the face of pressure from powerful institutions and groupthink. 

We are a nonprofit. We are not funded by a zillionaire. We do not accept corporate ads. As such, we are only currently able to pay a small core team, as well as experienced professional freelancers — and rely primarily on skilled volunteers to fill out our growing organizational infrastructure. 

Age does not matter. We have among us young students, vibrant retirees, and everything in between, from all walks of life.

Join us! 

Responsibilities

  • Ensure linguistic correctness
  • Effectively fact check dates, names, statistics, and citations 
  • Review readability and clarity in every sentence 
  • Review for style, and make changes and corrections when necessary to align with editorial requirements
  • Proofread newsletters and podcast transcripts

Qualifications 

  • Minimum two years working as a Copy Editor for a daily publication 
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or a related field
  • Ability to remain detailed-oriented and focused when processing large amounts of text
  • Willingness to collaborate with a creative team of writers, graphic designers, and others
  • Strong computer processing skills, especially G Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Basic knowledge of legal issues involved in publishing, such as libel and plagiarism
  • Mastery of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors and ability to make constructive suggestions
  • Knowledge of Associated Press andor Chicago styles
  • Proficiency working with multiple editors in a continuous deadline environment 

Perks

  • Channel your passion in a stimulating environment
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an up-and-coming organization
  • Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory
  • Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis
  • Have fun while you make a difference 

Expectations 

You will be expected to attend your department’s recurring meetings. Beyond this, you will work on your own schedule. We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months for at least 10 hours a week. Because our team is spread throughout the world, we rely on a combination of Slack, email, and conference calls, and expect everyone to be responsive in a timely manner. 

To Apply 

We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. To apply, send your resume and a customized cover letter, making clear you are familiar with our mission and work. You should confirm your understanding that this is a volunteer position. If there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send a cover letter to hr@whowhatwhy.org. 

Please note that response emails from us sometimes end up in spam folders; don’t forget to check them. Thank you!

 

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