Editorial Positions

Copy Editor

About the Position

Misplaced commas and egregious spelling errors got you down? As a member of the copy desk, you’ll get to satisfy your urge to rid the world of bad grammar.

Copy editors are responsible for keeping the newspaper clear, consistent and correct. Armed with a fine-toothed comb for spelling, grammar and Associated Press style, the copy desk is also the last line of defense against libel. Other responsibilities include writing captions for photos and creating punchy headlines — it never gets old seeing yours on the front page. No prior knowledge of AP style is required.

Application Materials

  • Resume (PDF)
  • Cover letter (PDF)
  • Copy test (invitation only)
  • Interview (invitation only)

Work Requirements

  • Two shifts per week. Each shift lasts two hours. (Shifts are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
  • Two blog posts per semester

Leadership Opportunities

  • After serving as a copy editor, a staffer may go on to become a deputy night editor or the night editor. The night editor is the fourth-ranked editorial position, serving just below the editor in chief, managing editor and creative director.