The Western Journal

The core function of this position is to check articles for readability; proofread them for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors; fact-check them for accuracy; and confirm that their style and format meet editorial policy before publishing for The Western Journal (http://www.westernjournal.com/... position requires two to five articles to be edited per day — or more — several days per week, but the specific schedule can vary. However, weekend availability is a MUST.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with strong attention to detail, a passion for the truth and a meticulous approach to the work. We want people who are passionate about what we stand for. The Ethics and Editorial Standards for The Western Journal, which this individual will be responsible for knowing and adhering closely to, may be found here (https://www.westernjournal.com/about/ethics-editorial-standards/).

We pay a starting rate of $15-20 per article edited.

Responsibilities:

  • Review stories averaging 350-500 words each
  • Fact check ages, dates, historical events, locations, names of businesses and groups, numbers, personal quotes and attribution, titles and factual claims
  • Copy edit for grammar, spelling, typos, AP and house style, etc.
  • Story edit for comprehension and cohesion
  • Occasionally strengthen articles with background information or arguments that support the roadmap provided for the story
  • Embed media as necessary
  • Review headlines and marketing copy for accuracy and spelling
  • Ensure the text conforms to The Western Journal's house style
  • Find and manipulate appropriate images to accompany articles
  • Provide regular constructive feedback to writers

Requirements/Qualifications:

  • No vaccination requirement
  • A bachelor's degree in Journalism, English, History, or similar field with high writing and editing requirements
  • Previous experience in copy editing
  • Excellent written English, including good spelling and grammar
  • A meticulous approach to work and an eye for detail
  • The ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Superior communication skills and a proven ability to collaborate
  • The ability to adapt to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Capable of working in an environment that upholds a Biblical worldview and will involve covering content that could be considered controversial (transgender movement, abortion, the LGBT movement, etc.)
  • Proficiency in online content management tools (experience working in WordPress or directly with basic HTML a plus)
  • Familiarity with The Associated Press Stylebook is a plus
  • Interest in and knowledge of current events, news and politics a big plus
  • Ability to work on weekends
  • Understanding of the values and the mission (https://www.westernjournal.com/about/ethics-editorial-standards/ and willing to promote and uphold these both at work and with potential partners, readers, and subscribers