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Do you have a flair for words and a love for stories? USC University Communications seeks a Copy Editor to join our editorial team.
This professional edits text, ensures accuracy and is a critical part of our digital and print storytelling efforts. Responsibilities include the following:
Copy editÂ news stories, press releases, magazine articles, alumni updates, video text and more for grammar, readability, style and punctuation.
CheckÂ facts in text, adjust voice according to audience and purpose, and make suggestions to the style guide.
PostÂ content on our websites.
ContributeÂ story ideas.
RespondÂ helpfully to readersâ questions.
WriteÂ andÂ compileÂ copy and handle other editorial duties as needed.
The ideal candidate has professional experience as a copy editor working for a digital content publisher where youâve shown that you can help a team produce effective, accurate and compelling digital-first stories every day, on deadline. You can work well within systems, but you also show initiative. You understand what makes writing interesting and compelling. Lively, direct, high-quality writing matters to you. So does getting facts right.
Preferred Job Qualifications:
Two years of experience writing/editing in a paid capacity for a digital publisher
Mastery of grammar and Associated Press Style and experience with news and social media writing styles
Proficiency with WordPress, Microsoft Office suite, Photoshop, HTML coding, email newsletter platforms and cloud-based project management tools, and ability to master new technology quickly.
A bachelor's degree from a four-year college is a must. A degree in English or journalism, while helpful, isnât mandatory.
Familiarity with university or academic environment is a plus.
Position is full-time, onsite in Los Angeles.
Candidates must submitÂ
1.Â Â Â Resume 2.Â Â Â Samples of writing or editing (minimum of 3 articles, posts, websites or similar) 3.Â Â Â Cover letter that includes well-considered, succinct responses to the following questions:
How many years have you worked for a digital content publisher? (And describe the writing/editing work you performed.)
Can you describe your facility with WordPress, HTML coding, email newsletter platforms and Photoshop?
How would your skills and knowledge advance the success of USC University Communications?
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Experience with writing, editing, proofreading, and the preparation of materials for publication. Working knowledge of desktop publishing, word processing, graphics, design, and printing.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.
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