Copy Chief

Cascade Public Media (Seattle, Washington)

Posted 1 week ago

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
  • Location: 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

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