Senior Copy Editor at Eater

April 7, 2021
Remote

As the leading independent modern media company, Vox Media ignites conversations and influences culture. Across digital, podcasts, TV, streaming, live events, and print, we tell stories that affect our audience's daily lives and entertain as much as they inform.

Our portfolio features influential and respected editorial properties including Vox, New York Magazine, The Verge, The Cut, Eater, Vulture, The Strategist, Polygon, SB Nation, Intelligencer, Curbed, Grub Street and Recode. Off-platform, the Vox Media Podcast Network offers one of the largest collections of popular podcasts, and Vox Media Studios produces and distributes the award-winning nonfiction shows. Powered by innovative technology that scales quality, the Chorus publishing platform and Concert advertising marketplace answer the always-changing needs of modern audiences, creators and marketers.

Vox Media has been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies in Media,” an Inc. “Company of the Year,” Digiday’s “Best Company for Parents,” and one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Senior Copy Editor at Eater oversees the work of editors across our national and city sites, as well as social and video teams, maintaining comprehensive style guides and word lists, enforcing best practices, conducting workshops and outreach, making decisions about our tone and style, and copy editing a broad range of stories, including feature stories, reports, and news pieces. Above all, they will ensure the quality, consistency, sensitivity, and clarity of the writing that appears on Eater.

Eater is fast-paced and broad in scope, so agility and the ability to work under a tight deadline are key. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, thorough, and attuned to modern and colloquial language. They will also be a diplomatic, nimble collaborator, working with a number of writers and editors, as well as the social media, visuals, and leadership teams.  

Responsibilities:

  • Copy edit a wide variety of stories by our 70-plus editors, reporters, and freelancers, from breaking-news posts to reports to longform features
  • Identify grammar and style issues as they arise both on- and off-platform and work directly with the writer and editor to fix any mistakes; ensure that guidelines and expectations, per the style guide, are clearly communicated 
  • Meet regularly with managing editor, city directors, and executive editors to identify areas of focus and support our editors across all sites
  • Spearhead workshops, presentations, and copy desk emails designed to improve grammar and copy and further educate the Eater team
  • Navigate sensitive style and language matters, providing guidance and support to editors in real time, and establishing up-to-date recommendations for Eater
  • Copy edit social copy across all platforms for both regular publishing and special projects
  • Provide wide-ranging support for packages, attending project kickoffs, developing copy editing protocol for each package, and liaising with editors throughout the process
  • Ensure that all documentation around style and grammar, including style guides, word lists, and one-sheets, are regularly updated and easily accessible to staff. The senior copy editor is also responsible for clearly and efficiently communicating any changes to style guides. 

Requirements:

  • At least three years prior copy editing experience (freelance or on staff)
  • Experience working in digital media
  • Fantastic organizational skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects 
  • The ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure
  • A strong eye for detail
  • Fluency with online publishing and organizational tools
  • Familiarity with AP Style
  • Strong written communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • An interest in conscious copy editing and an understanding of the importance of language when covering topics like race, labor, and immigration
  • Familiarity with and interest in the topics covered by Eater are a plus
  • Fact checking experience is a plus
  • Interest in managing potential future copy editors 

This role is a part of the Vox Media Union, represented by the Writers Guild of America, East

About working at Vox Media:

This is a permanent, full-time position with excellent benefits—including flexible hours and generous parental leave. Vox Media strives to provide comprehensive healthcare options for our employees and to ensure that our healthcare and other benefits are LGBTQ-inclusive. You'll be joining a group of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about doing work that's challenging and fun—and who strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.

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