Misplaced commas and egregious spelling errors got you down? As a member of the night department, 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. No prior knowledge of AP style is required.
- Resume (PDF, about one page in length)
- Cover letter (PDF, about one page in length)
- Copy test (invitation only)
- The copy test will measure your ability to identify and correct errors in spelling, grammar and libel. It will also test your ability to compose accurate, succinct news headlines that clearly capture the main purpose of each story. It will be administered virtually to select applicants. No preparation is necessary, but applicants should be familiar with general grammatical and spelling rules.
- Interview (invitation only)
- One shift per week. Two articles will be assigned by 8 p.m. for you to edit that night.
- Two blog posts per semester
- After serving as a copy editor, a staffer may go on to become a copy chief, 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.