[Vacancy]: Copy Editor Needed at Code for Africa

April 1, 2024

Job Description

About Job

As a Copy Editor at CfA, you will bring with you a wealth of editorial experience and impeccable proofreading skills. You will have the chance to collaborate with a diverse team from around the world, utilizing digital collaboration tools to create impactful content for our global audience and international partners.

To excel in this role, candidates must have a proven track record of professional sub-editing within a journalistic or communications environment, coupled with exceptional English language writing skills. Knowledge of technological innovation and digital activism/democracy will be an added advantage.

The successful candidate will join CfA’s Engagement team, which is responsible for building public engagement with the civic technologies and digital journalism created by our teams in 22 African countries.

Working with a multinational and multilingual team, you will leverage digital collaboration tools to create content for a global audience and international media partners.

Requirements 

  • Minimum of 5 years of copy-editing experience in a fast-paced newsroom or the digital journalism space.
  • Excellent knowledge of grammar and proper compositional practices, to aid in rewriting and proofreading often complex copy.
  • Excellent explanatory writing and editing skills, with a strong command of English. 
  • Rigorous research skills, an obsessive commitment to accuracy, and attention to detail to verify information on diverse topics.
  • The ability to work fast, creatively, and accurately under pressure to deliver content that is credible, consistent, and always factually correct.
  • Excellent knowledge of current affairs, particularly in the civic-tech space, coupled with critical-thinking skills.
  • Strong organizational and decision-making skills.
  • Experience developing style guides and training in-house teams on how to apply it to their work
  • The ability to communicate and work effectively with multicultural – and multilingual – writers, editors, designers, illustrators, video producers, and project team members who work remotely and in different time zones.
  • Proficiency in adapting writing styles to cater to various audiences, channels, and formats.
  • Demonstrable ability to improve the meaning and clarity of copy through correct grammar, consistency of voice, tone and terminology, factual accuracy, logical sentence, and document structure, and readability of the final product.
  • Track record of copy editing various content types, such as blogs, social media content, investigative reports, and presentations.
  • The ability to work creatively and in a remote fast-paced deadline-driven environment to deliver content that is credible, consistent, and always factually correct.
  • Effective communicative and collaborative skills with multicultural writers, editors, and project team members who work remotely and in different time zones.

Preferred Skills 

  • A keen understanding of how to integrate data into compelling storytelling.
  • Experience in transforming traditional journalism into visual storytelling, including how to most effectively integrate social video and/or infographics.
  • Experience in using digital collaboration tools, including Slack, Google Drive, and Trello to manage editorial workflows.

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