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Disney ABC Television Group Copy Editor - Part Time, FiveThirtyEight in New York, New York

FiveThirtyEight is hiring a part-time copy editor and fact-checker to join its four-person copy desk. As a member of that team, the part-time editor will help to ensure that FiveThirtyEight’s articles and other content, including static and interactive graphics, meet the site’s standards for methodological rigor, clear presentation and sound argument. A successful candidate for this position could be a journalist with years of experience on a traditional copy desk or a recent graduate who has statistical and/or coding chops and is eager to develop editing and research skills. Either way, though, the candidate will be a focused editor with an eye for detail. This position is based in New York City.

Responsibilities :

The part-time copy editor reports to the copy chief and is responsible for:

  • Editing FiveThirtyEight articles for accuracy, numeracy, grammar and style.

  • Editing and fact-checking static and interactive graphics.

  • Helping review reporter-created data sets for use in articles, charts and interactive graphics.

Basic Qualifications :

  • One to two years of copy-editing experience (college or a graduate school acceptable), including experience working directly with reporters and other editors on the structure and theses of articles.

  • Familiarity with spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel or other statistical tools, such as R.

  • The ability to use simple math skills to work with and check the accuracy of numbers.

  • The ability to work well with journalists with a range of experiences and personalities.

  • An ability and willingness to ask tough questions of writers and editors.

  • Some general knowledge of U.S. politics and major U.S. sports.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Associated Press style.

Preferred Education :

Bachelor’s degree in in journalism, English or related field.

Job ID: 658662BR

Location: New York,New York

Job Posting Company: Media Networks

ABC Cable Networks Group is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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