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Temporary Copy Editor, National Geographic

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution
Washington, Ohio
Closing date
Jul 31, 2022

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Media Studies
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The industry leading National Geographic History magazine is beloved by readers and history buffs all over the world. Our mission: to tell the most compelling stories about "The Past and All That Is In It" through a combination of stunning visuals and dynamic storytelling-the calling card of the National Geographic brand.
History magazine is committed to great storytelling-through strong writing, accuracy, and proper tone, and the way we get there is through strong quality control. The Copy Editor is a key part of that process and makes sure that History magazine's content stays true to its brand. Copy Editor will improve the text's clarity, logic and flow; checking the facts; insuring the tone is appropriate; and applying NG Style.
Responsibilities :
- Prepare released files for proofreading stage for each issue of History magazine. Work in files using Adobe InDesign
- Text edit: Edit all text at a paragraph and sentence level, including narrative, sidebars, and captions, for flow, consistency, logic, sensitivity, and accuracy.
- Copy edit:
- Correct spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation throughout the entire issue including Cover, Masthead, frontmatter, departments, and features.
- Apply NGS Style using House Style Guide
- Prepare a Style Sheet for each issue for use later quality control stages.
- Fact check and research:
- Using sources provided by authors, fact check all text in departments and features including: titles, decks, captions, sidebars, and narratives.
- Provide detailed and professional sources to support changes and corrections (i.e. No Wikipedia or other dubious internet sources)
- Query editor with issues that cannot be resolved by the line editor.
Basic Qualifications :
- Specialization in history, art history, archaeology, or anthropology preferred.
- Must have a love of history and be curious about the subject matter.
- Minimum of 10 years copy editing experience and 5 years fact checking skills
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Familiarity with software used in editorial work (MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite)
- Must exercise good judgment in the delivery of historical stories, some of which are about sensitive and/or challenging topics. Must be able to call out problems in text with sensitivity, appropriateness, and/or bias
- Organization skills, ability to work flexibly and independently.
- Ability to work on tight deadlines
Required Education :
- Bachelor's degree required
Additional Information :
This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely. A remote opportunity may be possible for qualified candidates under certain circumstances and, if granted, the employee would work remotely on an ongoing basis.
Job ID: 985194BR
Location: Washington,DC
Job Posting Company: Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution
The Walt Disney Company is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.
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