Copy Editor

Apr 30, 2013
May 30, 2013
Monique Levesque
Full Time
Summary of Position:
The Copy Editor is part of the Production Department, and is primarily responsible for editing and (where necessary) rewriting copy for QST and League books according to the respective house styles, as well as formatting QST manuscripts and League books using the corresponding templates. When his or her workload permits, the Copy Editor will edit copy submitted by other departments (marketing, development, education, etc.) to ensure correct spelling, grammar and usage and to promote consistency of ARRL house style across all departments. The Copy Editor will also perform clerical/administrative duties as assigned.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
-Edit material for QST
-Edit material for League books
-Format/template manuscripts
-Maintain style sheets for League publications
-Communicate with League staff and editorial freelancers

Expectations: The Copy Editor will edit written materials to a degree such that they are properly formatted, free from errors in English language usage and League style, and ready for layout and production. Work is to be done in a timely manner that takes press deadlines into consideration.

Knowledge and Skills: Excellent command of the English language — proper spelling, grammar, usage
- Excellent reading comprehension skills
- Incisive copyediting ability, including:
-Editing for clarity of meaning
-Editing for economy of language
-Putting information in a logical order
Ability to write interesting, concise headlines, subheads and article leads
Strong organizational skills
Ability to prioritize tasks
Ability to meet deadlines

Experience: 2-3 years professional copyediting experience, or the equivalent.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, Communications or Journalism.

Interpersonal Skills: The ability to be clear, specific and courteous in spoken and written

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