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Deputy Copy Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Washington, DC

Foreign Policy is looking for a meticulous, internationally aware deputy copy editor to copy-edit web articles ranging from 400-word news briefs to 10,000-word long-form features.

The ideal candidate is a perfectionist when it comes to spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage; obsessed with detail and getting things right; and has a love of rigorously fact-checking names, titles, dates, quotes, and other details. (You don’t need to know your Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi from your Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, but you’ll have an above-average knowledge of world events and figures.) The deputy copy editor must have good judgment to know when to adhere to house style and when to allow writers artistic license and must be able to make quick judgments among competing English transliterations of foreign words. The deputy copy editor should also be able to maintain composure in a fast-paced, occasionally boisterous, newsroom and be tactful when informing colleagues about their mistakes. A good sense of humor helps in this regard.

This full-time salaried position, based in the Washington, D.C., office, would start off on a six-month basis, with the possibility of extending it beyond that time period.



–At least two years of professional copy-editing experience, particularly with articles about foreign policy, international news, or national security

–Knowledge of AP style and the ability to quickly master FP’s house style

–Familiarity with WordPress or the ability to learn it quickly when provided basic instruction

–Foreign-language skills are a plus

To apply

If qualified and interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, and copy-editing — not writing — samples (either links or attachments) to Shannon Schweitzer, FP’s copy chief, at copydeskjob[at]foreignpolicy.com.

Due to the volume of email, we can’t respond individually to each applicant for this position, but please be assured that we’re monitoring email closely and checking the spam folder. No phone calls, please.

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