Assistant Editor, The Daily Signal (Part-time)

Washington, DC
Part Time
The Daily Signal

Title:                     Assistant Editor, The Daily Signal (Part-Time)

Reports to:         Director and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Signal

Job Summary:    The assistant copy editor will edit and proofread content for The Daily Signal, the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation. This position will play a key role in ensuring Daily Signal content across platforms is compelling, well-written, follows Associated Press style, and adheres to our principles and standards guide.

Job Duties:

  • Edits and proofreads content for The Daily Signal, including articles, videos and podcast scripts. Editing includes ensuring articles follow Associated Press style, as well as fact checking, rewriting, and reshaping article structure and lede if necessary. 
  • Writes headlines and selects art designed to optimize traffic
  • Acquires familiarity with Heritage Foundation’s policy research and positions.
  • Ensures SEO and social media standards are met, and final copy adheres to those standards.
  • Understands The Daily Signal’s principles and standards and ensures final copy adheres to our standards.
  • Assists with proofreading and writing descriptions for daily email newsletters, as well as sending email newsletters and reviewing tests.


Education:                   Bachelor’s degree

Experience:                 3+ years of editing, preferably in a news environment and with experience with both news and opinion copy

Communication:         Excellent editing and writing skills, attention to detail

Technology:                Microsoft Office and Outlook, WordPress

Other Requirements:      

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the team’s goals and objectives.
  • Hard working, resourceful, creative and organized with the ability to meet tight deadlines and be results-oriented.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize them, and deliver first-rate work.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an eye for detail.
  • Excellent news judgment and quick reaction to news developments. Aptitude for thinking big, working wisely and quickly iterating.
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive criticism and feedback.

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