Senior Associate, Copy Editor, Stateline

Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, D.C.)

Posted 2 months ago

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A project of the Pew Charitable Trusts based in Washington, D.C., Stateline reports on state and local issues. In addition to publishing original content every weekday, Stateline collects state and local stories from around the country for its daily newsletter and produces special reports, such as its annual State of the States series. Stateline ‘s readership includes thousands of state officials, policymakers, business leaders, journalists, students of state government and ordinary citizens. The content appears at ; the stories also run on news sites and in newspapers around the country.

Position Overview
The senior associate (copy editor) will be primarily responsible for serving as the final gatekeeper before the publication of Stateline content. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Stateline team, supporting the journalistic mission of the project by ensuring that articles are accurate and meet Pew’s rigorous standards. The senior associate will need to have a fondness for fact-checking, a keen eye for grammar, a good understanding of AP style and story flow, and a collaborative approach to working with reporters, other editors, and our production colleagues.

The position, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C., office, reports to the project director (executive editor). The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.


  • Fact-check all Stateline articles on state policy by verifying public information and double-checking information collected from sources.
  • Determine whether Stateline stories meet Pew standards of nonpartisanship and objectivity.
  • Copy-edit all Stateline articles for spelling, grammar, formatting and adherence to Associated Press style.
  • Assist with photo choices, including securing proper rights and permissions.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the digital production team. Manage the relationship by ensuring that Stateline’s requests do not exceed production’s capacity to deliver.
  • Oversee the design and publication of Stateline graphics. Edit the graphics for clarity and relevance. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, advanced degree preferred.
  • At least four years of applicable experience; some experience with copy-editing and fact-checking a plus.
  • Thorough knowledge of Associated Press style.
  • Acute political awareness and nonpartisan perspective and approach.
  • Strong intellectual curiosity. Demonstrated interest and skills in researching public policy issues.
  • Ability to learn and master new issues quickly.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Has a proven track record of working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details.

This position requires minimal travel to meetings and conferences.

Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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