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Two copy editors needed for SEC football season - Atlanta Journal

Discussion in 'Journalism Jobs' started by AJC SEC, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. AJC SEC

    AJC SEC Member

    We’re looking for two copy editors who can work 40 hours per week through football season. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is expanding its coverage of SEC football. Persons must be willing to work four- and eight-hour shifts on flexible days, including full shifts all Saturdays and Sundays.

    The job lasts through the SEC Championship game. Outstanding knowledge of the SEC is a plus. You can work remotely as long as you have access to Wifi and Google docs. With each story, you must be able to correct typos, bad grammar, proper citation and verify all facts. With our younger writers, you may even have to work with them on story angles, making sure the most important news is first, etc. So it’s mostly as a copy editor, but also as a part-time writing coach, if needed.

    Please send resume and clips to SEC.Bloggers@gmail.com.

    Pay depends on experience.

    PS it will be editing the type of copy that appears on the AJC’s new UGA website, DawgNation.com
  2. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    What clips does a copy editor have? And since it's basically a four-month temp job, I would assume there are no health benefits.
  3. Biff Tannen

    Biff Tannen Member

    I'm assuming this position will support the new AJC project seccountry.com. If that is case, this will be a thankless job, trying to add sizzle to some pretty milquetoast writing. Considering Atlanta's position as the unofficial "capital of the South," launching a comprehensive SEC project is a good idea (even if it is 10 years too late). The problem is that hiring college seniors/recent grads to do the writing and trying to dress it up by hiring a couple of temporary copy editors (who must also be skilled developmental editors and fact checkers {at no extra cost!}) is trying to fix one half-measure with another. Why are you hiring writers so prone to "bad grammar" that you need two people working full-time to polish it?

    Hire some talented writers who can copy edit themselves and/or one another. Invest in that and the site will flourish. Otherwise, it's just SDS without the brand recognition.

    Full disclosure: you have an applicant sitting in your inbox who could handle pretty much all of this. While he may be a tad brisk, he isn't wrong. Also, he is me.
  4. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    You're hired!
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  5. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Interesting approach Biff. Shit all over what the paper's doing, then say, "hey, I'm available!"
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  6. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Surely, you don't think that's a problem? :)
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Why doesn't the AJC make like a tree and hire him?
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  8. Biff Tannen

    Biff Tannen Member

    Because I totally expect them to hire me.

    You left out the vocative case comma before Biff. Writers House is never gonna rep your YA contemp if you can't command language.

    Look at that, I'm already copy editing.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
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  9. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Rats. Beat me to it.
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  10. Dog8Cats

    Dog8Cats Member

    I think I can die a happy man, having seen the vocative case cited on a sports journalism website.

    Thank you, Biff.
  11. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Congrats. Put it on your resume.
  12. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    Oh, there goes Biff again, trying to fix another journalistic enterprise without a shred of actual journalism experience. That is so Biff.
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