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Company: The Washington Post
Copy Editor
Washington, District of Columbia
Job Status:  Full-time
Salary:  Not Specified
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The Washington Post's Editorial Department is looking for a copy editor who enjoys dealing with a variety of subjects and can satisfy our wide-ranging print and web responsibilities.

Editorial is the home of many of the Post's brand-name writers, including five Pulitzer Prize winners and compelling new voices such as Catherine Rampell and Alyssa Rosenberg. Our copy desk edits all of them for print and online. We then go beyond traditional copy-editing duties by designing our own print pages (17 a week) and handling our own web production.

The successful candidate must be able to shift speedily and smoothly among these roles, always with a bias toward prioritizing online publication. (If you’re short on page-design or web-production experience, don’t fret: So were most of us when we started. We can train you on what you’ll need.) She or he will have outstanding editing skills and a knack for writing lively, engaging headlines. A keen interest in politics and policy -- Editorial’s bread and butter -- is highly useful.

Candidates should have at least 5 years as a copy editor on a daily newspaper. And, because everyone on our copy desk takes a turn as slot and fills in occasionally as letters editor, experience directing colleagues effectively and collegially and working directly with the public will earn bonus points.

This position involves daytime and evening hours and regularly working one weekend day. (Our desk is staffed 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and reduced hours on weekends.)

The Washington Post has a storied past and, under the ownership of Jeff Bezos, an exciting future. If you want to play an important part in that future, send a letter of introduction and your resume to Editorial Copy Chief Scott Butterworth at no later than Nov. 14. Please include the phrase JJobs in the subject line of your e-mail.

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