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ESPN.com Position: General Editor, Copy Desk

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by aschaefe, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. aschaefe

    aschaefe New Member

    Saw this on ACES:

    ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational,
    multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio
    of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. ESPN.com is
    looking for a General Editor, Copy Desk. The ideal candidate will be an
    individual who works with other copy editors in ensuring the overall
    editorial quality and accuracy of ESPN.com content. Copy editors edit
    and polish articles (including headlines, captions and link text), check
    for accuracy, proper grammar, style and appropriateness. The General
    Editor will also monitor copy flow and assignments.

    The ideal candidate will typically have: 3-5 years of editorial and
    reporting experience; basic competence in writing, editing and
    reporting; a basic appreciation of popular culture, e.g. "what's
    cool" and contribute an understanding of the tastes of ESPN's
    audiences; basic news journalism experience, news judgment, and
    understand assigned sport(s) from a journalistic point of view; have a
    basic understanding of HTML and related web authoring tools and
    software, particularly Content Editor; strong English grammar and
    excellent organizational skill, particularly as it applies to grammar
    and syntax; thorough familiarity with leading newspaper/magazine style
    guides; familiarity with most major Internet search engines and fluency
    in electronic newsgathering techniques, including quickly navigating the

    If you have a strong understanding of some or all major sports as well
    as a passion for journalistic excellence, go to our careers website at
    <http://www.espn.com/joinourteam> http://www.espn.com/joinourteam
    <http://www.espn.com/joinourteam> , click on the JOBS tab. Follow the
    on-screen directions to provide your resume and required personal
    information and apply to Position Number 149956.

    [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

    Back to me...I'm guess that as an upcoming grad, applying for this job would pretty much be a complete waste of time. Am I wrong?
  2. sportsed

    sportsed Member

    Looks like it's an experienced copy editor they're looking for, but word on the streets is that they also have a part-time, entry-level opening.
  3. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    I wonder if this would correspond to a slot or even ASE on a mid-size paper. Would the pay be comparable?
  4. CNY

    CNY Member

    Editors on ESPN.com's copy desk rim and slot stories. Pay for a General Editor usually is comparable to what many metros pay. Pay for entry-level gigs is not great.
  5. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    Bristol, Conn.
  6. Nuff said.
  7. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Could be worse. Could be in the Haute.
  8. good point
  9. GeorgeScott

    GeorgeScott Member

    Had a friend who did that and hated it. Good copy editor. She went back to newspapers and is very happy she did. She said it was an easy job, just very boring. You're not allowed to do much. Kind of Rote.
  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Yeah but you might get to see Digger Phelps shopping for his favorite deli meat at Shop Rite. That's worth $10K by itself.
  11. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

  12. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I was going to go with pastrami.
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