Location: New York, NY
The Marshall Project is seeking an experienced copy editor who will not only read for style but also help us uphold rigorous standards of factual accuracy, fairness and scope of reporting. A successful candidate will be familiar with digital publishing and be able to produce a story in our CMS. The copy chief should be an able multi-tasker who can help us improve the flow and quality of our work.
The copy chief will identify weaknesses that may have been overlooked in initial edits, such as grammatical and style errors, basic factual errors, lack of clarity, fairness or context and potential issues of tone. We welcome questions that can help us make our journalism stronger and clearer.
- Copy editing investigative and explanatory news articles, newsletters, marketing emails, social copy and News Inside, our award-winning print and tablet-based publication circulated in prisons and jails.
- Copy editing graphics, captions and other material and suggesting headlines and other display copy.
- Fact checking articles for dates, names, titles and additional basic fact checking as necessary.
- Coordinating our production schedule.
- Producing and updating content in our CMS and email newsletter tool.
- Maintaining and updating our house style guide and making recommendations on style.
- Working with publishing partners to adjust style differences and coordinate production.
- Other duties as assigned.
- A minimum of five years experience working as a copy editor for a news organization.
- Deep knowledge of AP style.
- Meticulous attention to detail.
- A commitment to fairness.
- Good communication skills and a commitment to collegiality.
- Ability to work quickly and accurately under deadline pressure.
- A thorough understanding of editorial standards.
- Ability to work with, or willingness to learn, Google Docs, Slack, Zoom, Trello, EndRun (our custom CMS), and other communication and collaboration tools used in our digital, currently all-remote newsroom.
We do not expect every candidate to be equally skilled in all these areas, and this is not a complete list of all relevant qualifications applicants might bring to the job. Please tell us about your other assets not mentioned here that may be valuable to this role. Reaching talent across a range of backgrounds and experiences is deeply important to us.
This job reports to the managing editor. Our headquarters is in New York City, but we will consider remote candidates who live in the United States.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This job is full-time, with a competitive salary and benefits including employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance; 17 days of paid time off each year, plus a week off at the end of December; paid family leave; and 401(k) matching.
WHO WE ARE
The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering America’s criminal justice system. In 2016, The Marshall Project was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and was a Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting. We are not advocates—we follow the facts and we do not pander to any audience—but we have a declared mission: to create and sustain a sense of urgency about the criminal justice system. We do not generally cover breaking news (although we curate the reporting of other news outlets in our morning newsletter). Our work includes investigative and explanatory projects and shorter pieces aimed at highlighting stories that other news organizations miss, underestimate or misunderstand. To assure our work reaches a larger audience we partner or co-publish with other media outlets on almost all of our work; we have partnered with more than 100 newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and online sites.
We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders and sexual orientations, including people who have been incarcerated or otherwise involved with the criminal justice system.
To apply, use this form to submit a resume, cover letter and references.