23JUL - Freelance Copy Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine - Deadline: N/A

Organization Description

Founded in 1970 by Samuel Huntington and Warren Demian Manshel, and now published by the FP Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company, in Washington, D.C., Foreign Policy is the premier, award-winning magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas. Our mission is to explain how the world works — in particular, how the process of globalization is reshaping nations, institutions, cultures, and, more fundamentally, our daily lives. FP is a 2010, 2006, and 2005 nominee and a 2009, 2007, and 2003 winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The magazine’s readers include some of the most influential leaders in business, government, and other professional arenas throughout the United States and more than 160 other countries.

In January 2009, ForeignPolicy.com was relaunched as a vibrant, daily online magazine. Rather than merely complementing the print edition, the site stands on its own as one of the web’s premier destinations for international news and opinion. FP has recruited some of the sharpest writers in international politics to look beyond the day’s headlines to uncover overlooked stories and unique angles.

Location – Washington DC

Job Description

Foreign Policy is looking for a meticulous, internationally aware freelance copy editor with a flexible schedule to copy-edit web articles ranging from 400-word news briefs to 10,000-word long-form articles.

Job Responsibilities

This person will be providing extra copy-editing help with web articles 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 while the print magazine is in production. In other words, this is not a continuous daily position, but instead is one that principally consists of a three-week stint once every two months. The copy editor should also be enthusiastic about occasionally picking up extra hours on weekends and holidays, when the copy desk is short-staffed, and should also be open to working extra hours when one of the full-time copy editors is on vacation. The ideal candidate would most likely be someone who makes his/her livelihood from freelance copy-editing and has the scheduling flexibility to meet the requirements of this job.

Job Requirements

–At least two years of professional copy-editing experience, particularly with articles about foreign policy, international news, and defense.

–Knowledge of AP style.

–Perfectionism with spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage.

–Obsession with detail and getting things right.

–Awareness 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.

–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.

–Ability to legally work in the United States.

How to Apply

If qualified and interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, and copy-editing — not writing — samples (either links or attachments) to Preeti Aroon, FP’s copy chief, at preeti.aroon [at] foreignpolicy.com. Due to the volume of email, we can’t respond individually to each applicant for this position, but please be assured that we’re monitoring email closely and checking the spam folder. Please, no phone calls.

Deadline - N/A