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Copy Editor

Job Summary

When you read news stories, do you find yourself weighing their fairness and checking if their logic is sound? Do you cringe at every typo? Does inconsistent style drive you bonkers? Then you could be our next copy editor.

In this role, you’ll work on our copy desk to maintain the high quality our stories, to manage the flow of copy and to publish our work online. (And you’ll also be on the lookout for the little things, like the missing “of” in the previous sentence.) You’ll get to flex your editing muscle not only on complex and lengthy investigations, but also on breaking news stemming from our deep dives, newsletters, graphics, videos and columns. You’ll also at times have to convert stories from the style of a partner newsroom into Associated Press style (so long, coöperate; hello, cooperate!). Other responsibilities will include helping draft corrections, clarifications and updates to stories, and occasionally filling in for the assistant managing editor for standards.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has razor-sharp news judgment and an unshakeable sense of fairness.
  • Knows how to bulletproof and polish hard-hitting investigations and long-form narratives.
  • Is meticulous in examining copy and matching facts in text with those presented in graphics, in video and on social media platforms.
  • Can make sure all copy is consistent and typo-free.
  • Has experience working with Google Docs and publishing tools, including a CMS like Craft or Wordpress and an organization app like Trello.
  • Has at least three years of experience as a copy editor at a news organization.
  • Has a deep understanding of AP style.
  • Really likes working with others and is part diplomat, seamlessly handling requests both large and small from reporters and editors.

We don’t expect everyone to have all these skills. And we know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

This job is full time and includes benefits. ProPublica is based in New York, but the standards team is distributed, so we’re open to remote candidates. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

The expected salary range for this position is $85,000 to $100,000.

This is a good-faith estimate of what we expect to pay for this position. The final salary figure will take into account a person’s experience, accomplishment and location. ProPublica is committed to paying its staff equitably, and these ranges should not be considered career salary limits or caps.

We will begin reviewing applications as we receive them, but we will continue to consider candidates as long as the posting remains live on our site.

Questions? Send an email to

No phone calls, please.


Organization: ProPublica
Location: New York NY US
Date Posted: March 26, 2024
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