Date Posted May 23, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Other
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Telecommute? Telecommute
Job Status Full-time



Southern California News Group is seeking a Copy Editor to join our team! In this role you will work in the California Design Center copy editing for daily and weekly print editions. This may also include premium magazine and special section duties.


What you will do:

  • Participate in news planning meetings and assist in the management of page flow on deadline as well as proofing, checking and clearing pages for print sites 

  • Create content, such as refers, explainers, breakouts, pull-quotes, captions and other elements needed by designers

  • Communicate with assignment editors and/or reporters and in some cases may require independent news gathering or fact checking

  • Review and/or edit content as needed (e.g., cutting copy to accommodate available space); such changes must be coordinated with assigning editors and/or reporters

  • Facilitate page flow to meet staggered deadlines across multiple publications, prioritizing work according to upcoming deadlines and designers’ workloads

  • Review pages produced by designers, checking pages prior to their release to print sites

  • Develop immediate solutions to problems dictated by design and/or space requirements of print publications, thinking creatively and critically to identify and create additional elements that enhance design and presentation

  • Gather information through documents, Internet research and other investigative efforts

  • Recognize how words, photos and design affect the newspaper’s overall goals and communicate this to appropriate editors and designers.


What you will bring:

  • Prior news media experience required with experience on production desks preferred

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite required

  • Excellent design skills and the understanding of news production for print and digital

  • Some knowledge of the use of grammar, spelling, headlines and photographs, along with some understanding of AP and local style, news judgment and awareness of the community

  • Requires extensive computer usage and rapid and accurate typing ability

  • Ability to deal effectively and professionally with colleagues and supervisors across departments and properties; resolving potential conflicts gracefully, negotiating changes in presentation with managers and senior editors gracefully

  • A self starter with the ability to take initiative and develop immediate solutions to problems dictated by design and/or space requirements of print publications

  • Receive regular direction and advice from the supervising editor and other editors as appropriate

  • Strong judgment and the ability to spot and solve problems in presentation and workflow

  • College degree preferred


Must be able to work evenings and weekends.

This is a fully remote position but must be located in CA.

The hourly wage is $19.23 - $24.04. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, time in role, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, MediaNews Group offers a comprehensive benefits package, and 401K plan (all benefits are based on eligibility).


Who we are:

Established in March 2016, the Southern California News Group (SCNG) has virtually overnight become one of the most powerful and influential news organizations in the U.S. This dynamic union was created when the Los Angeles News Group (owners of nine local daily newspapers and websites) and its parent company Media News Group (MNG) acquired Freedom Communications (owners of the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise). By combining these two highly regarded and well-established institutions, SCNG has emerged as the largest news content provider in the five-county Los Angeles metropolitan area. As a leader in circulation among top publications nationwide, SCNG now owns and operates 11 local daily newspapers and more than a dozen community weeklies.

Our mission is to connect communities by providing readers with the area's best local news coverage while providing advertisers with unprecedented access to one of the world's most diverse and dynamic audiences.

No matter the distribution vehicle—newspaper, magazine, mobile, online—SCNG's in-depth reporting on local news, politics, sports and entertainment continues to attract a desirable audience for its customers. Combining print, online and social media, SCNG now delivers premium content to over 8.1 million adults every week, making it an indispensable marketing solution for advertisers across Southern California. No other local newspaper group reaches more households in our market than SCNG.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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