Senior Copy Editor

New York City, NY, United States Posted 23 days ago
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BuzzFeed literally helped PowerToFly get off the ground. They were one of our first hiring partners when we launched about four years ago. On top of that, their executives backed us as angel investors. Both Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed's Founder and CEO, and Greg Coleman, BuzzFeed's President, wrote checks to turn our dream into a reality (and they continue to advise our founders, an unmeasurable value). We also got significant seed funding from two of BuzzFeed's board members - Ken Lerer and Eric Hippeau.

Needless to say, BuzzFeed is completely invested in making PowerToFly a success, and that means hiring more women through the platform. BuzzFeed has certainly done that. Countless women have been hired by BuzzFeed through PowerToFly like Paola Matta who started out as an English Major before writing code.

BuzzFeed News is looking for a senior copy editor reporting to the Copy Chief for its English-language bureaus. We're looking for a news hound and self-professed word nerd who has a comprehensive knowledge of and passion for news language and standards, with an excellent eye for grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and all-around proper use of the English language.

You are someone who has impeccable copyediting skills and great news judgment, can recite the day’s top headlines, is an internet and pop culture enthusiast, and knows how to edit copy for sensitivity, accuracy, inclusiveness, and consistency without losing tone or voice. You are also thinking about the evolution of language in the internet era, recognizing when it’s important to deviate from the AP Stylebook and Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, and working in collaboration with editors to push and maintain the BuzzFeed Style Guide (@styleguide) as the voice of the internet.

You will have at least five years’ experience as a copy editor for a digital media publisher and understand how to mentor junior copy editors while responding to the needs of the newsroom.

You will be based in New York.

You Will

  • Oversee the copydesk’s workflow in the copy chief’s absence
  • Maintain relationships with editors, reporters, curation, and producers around the newsroom
  • Copyedit BuzzFeed News content — breaking news, daily stories, essays, investigations, features, videos, graphics, and app/display copy — for style, sensitivity, grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency, clarity, and concision
  • Help maintain the BuzzFeed Style Guide and the copydesk’s internal resources, and grow its social media presence and newsletter readership
  • Oversee, in collaboration with the copy chief, our monthly copydesk newsletter, Quibbles + Bits
  • Monitor and manage corrections, updates, and standards across the newsroom

You Have

  • At least 5 years’ copyediting experience at other digital media outlets and/or newspapers, magazines, etc.
  • Experience showing thoughtful, careful, sensitive editing across various formats and platforms at the pace of the internet while juggling a variety of tasks
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current affairs and pop culture, from reproductive rights and immigration to Fleabag.
  • Experience maintaining style and standards for a global newsroom with a broad audience, as well as an understanding of the media landscape, journalism, and language trends to develop and improve workflow and copyediting techniques to better serve our staff and audience
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, namely the ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and tactfully
  • Fluency in the language of the internet, and American, British, and other forms of regional English, and the Associated Press and Chicago style guides
  • Experience working within a CMS and the ability to identify issues and develop new editing tools
  • Familiarity with photo rights, and experience copyediting photo essays/galleries, credits, and captions for accuracy, relevance, and brevity a bonus.

To Apply

  • Your résumé and cover letter that explains why you're the right person for the job and your ideas about language and editing
  • Any personal social accounts you think we should see

Life at BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed strongly believes that the more diverse our team, the better our work will be. BuzzFeed is committed to equal opportunity employment and celebrates inclusion in all circumstances. As a BuzzFeed employee, you can expect:

  • A supportive, inclusive atmosphere on a team that values your contributions
  • Opportunities for growth and development via work experience and offerings from our in-house Learning Team
  • Employee resource groups, frequent in-office events, volunteer opportunities, and more
  • An attractive compensation package, including salary and equity
  • A generous and well-rounded benefits program featuring PTO and unlimited sick time, comprehensive medical benefits, a family leave policy, access to mental health platforms, retirement plans, gym and wellness discounts, and much more
  • No shortage of snacks, catered lunches, beverages, birthday treats... even leftovers from the Tasty kitchens in LA and NYC!

BuzzFeed is the leading independent digital media and tech company delivering news and entertainment content to a global audience. We have offices in 19 cities around the world and more than 1500 employees including reporters, video producers, data scientists, engineers, brand strategists, and more. We value a culture of experimentation, teamwork, equality, humble confidence, and hard work (fused with fun). At BuzzFeed, you’ll work with inspiring colleagues to build tools and create content that helps connect people all over the world.

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