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Desk Editor

Post Date:Dec 10, 2019Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - Washington - Seattle Job Reference:
Job Description:

The Seattle Times, a family-owned news organization and one of the nation's premier regional news sources, is looking for an early-career Desk Editor to join our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom. As part of our team, you will ensure news-worthy content moves rapidly through initial draft to final product with accuracy, sense, fairness, grammar and style. You should be comfortable working under tight deadlines with ease while supporting multiple editors at once. Ideally, you have previous experience (and mastery) with both AP and local style.



  • Copy editing stories for web and print publication and helping produce digital news alerts and email newsletters.
  • Writing Web headlines with SEO in mind and print headlines that expand on them.
  • Evaluating, selecting and posting wire stories (business, national or world).
  • Working collaboratively with various teams at The Seattle Times, on web and print production, serving as a key link between the a.m. and p.m. teams.
  • Maintain a consistent high-quality product with sharp grammar and unfailing accuracy.
  • Continuously work to improve the efficiency and speed of the copy-editing process.



If your profile doesn't match this job description exactly, you may still be a candidate for this position. Please let us know how your skills and experience relate to the role and its objectives.

  • Experience: At least one news copy-editing internship at a major daily metro news organization. Recent college graduates encouraged to apply.
  • Education: College degree, or equivalent combination of education and/or professional experience.
  • Strong editing skills, as demonstrated by performance on an editing test
  • Strong news judgment
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure
  • Adeptness with social media: ability to engage with readers on multiple platforms
  • Familiarity with WordPress is a plus



Variable schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays.


This role requires union dues be paid on a monthly basis as required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the employer and union.

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Contact Information
The Seattle Times
Jimmie Smith
1000 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
United States
Ph: 2066526556
Fax: 206 493 0785

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