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Temporary Copy Editor National Geographic

Washington, DC, United States

Posted on
May 24, 2022

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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

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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