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Copy Editor Wanted (Tech)

Cloudwards Published: June 1, 2018
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Hi, my name is Fergus and I’m the chief editor for Cloudwards.net. We’re a site specialized in reviewing a wide range of online software and have been growing steadily the last few years. Currently, we’re looking to expand and would like to take on a new copy editor for 20 hours per week to start, however we expect the workload to grow quickly.

Although experience in any of the areas we cover would be great, we’re exclusively hiring someone that can edit copy to an acceptable standard and at relatively good clip.

Just to make this very clear: we’re not looking to hire an editor who will also write for us, you’ll work only at the copy desk. We’d prefer someone with a few years experience, of course, but if you’ve only worked for a college newspaper or something, just apply anyway and we’ll take a look.

The rest of the team will be handling the instructions for each article as well as checking the actual content, while you’ll edit the language of everything that comes in.

You’ll be the first point of contact of the editing team and will also be required to provide feedback to writers. This can be tough at times, so we’ll need someone who can communicate well.

We’re looking for someone who’s willing to work within the guidelines that we’ve already set (basically AP style with some idiosyncratic flourishes) and, like us, prefers fewer words to many and dislikes the trend of using big words where little ones will do.

We have a calm and clear tone and have a strong aversion to the marketing style and sales-y tone usually found on the internet.

If you’re interested, fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you. If you don’t hear from us, you probably included a few spelling or grammar mistakes in your letter, which is an automatic disqualifier.

We work exclusively in Google docs, so please either give your Gmail address as your contact details or let us know whether you have a customized one. If it’s not clear to us that you use Gmail, we won’t get back to you, either.

The selection process works as follows: you fill out the Google Form we’ve linked to below, provide the info we need, then, if we like what we see, we’ll get back to you.

We’ll do a short test to see if your grammar and spelling are up to snuff, as well as give you a short piece of questionable quality to edit. We might do a short interview over Skype after if we have any questions.

The benefits of working at Cloudwards.net – it’s not all toil, don’t worry – are a decent, quickly paid salary, a friendly editorial team and relative freedom to plan your workweek as you see fit. We’re all career-oriented professionals and are always happy to welcome a fresh face in the tough world of web publishing. We look forward to seeing your application come in.

So, to recap:

  • We’re looking for a copy editor (20 hours per week)
  • Decent communication skills
  • Good grammar and spelling (obviously)
  • Knowledge of AP style preferred
  • A Gmail address (yes, really)
  • Some tech knowledge preferred
  • Won’t rewrite everything into marketing copy
  • Some kind of portfolio, or at least links to edited copy

To apply, please follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/UZH0oeoTs1mGTYue2

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