Copy Editor - News - Local News

Lee Enterprises Inc   Carbondale, IL   Full-time     Writing / Editing
Posted on September 8, 2022
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The Southern Illinoisan is looking for a creative and passionate full-time copy editor to edit local, wire and sports copy; write headlines and package stories; coordinate page design with our regional design desk; and fine-tune content for digital audiences.

We're looking for someone who excels on a deadline, has top-notch headline-writing skills, and solid knowledge of AP style.

The position requires availability in the evenings, including weekend shifts and occasional holidays. This position is a challenging job requiring accuracy and the ability to make daily and long-term deadlines.

The ideal candidate will have a keen eye for grammar and punctuation, an ability to produce compelling pages, and communicate with our regional design center. Experience with SEO, social media, and multimedia is required. Job duties also include editing stories on deadline, writing cutlines as needed, and preparing wire stories for publication.

College work in English or journalism and an understanding of AP style are preferred, but candidates with the right mix of education and experience should apply.

This position is part of the Southern Illinois News Guild, a chapter of the United Media Guild. The Southern Illinoisan is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive newsroom

The Southern Illinoisan is a division of Lee Enterprises, a leading provider of local news, information and advertising, serving 77 markets in 26 states. Lee's newspapers have daily circulation of 1.2 million and our websites reach more than 43 million digital unique visitors. Check us out at


Why Join Us?

Lee Enterprises offers competitive wages in a dynamic, interesting work environment with career growth opportunities. We offer an extensive benefit program that can be personalized to your needs. Our benefit program includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, company provided life insurance and supplemental life insurance. In addition, we offer a 401K retirement plan with company match. We also offer generous paid time off to allow the flexibility to balance personal life and work. This includes paid parental leave for new parents.

Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of high-quality local news, with 77 daily newspapers in 26 states that have print, digital and e-replica versions. Lee's newspapers have a combined circulation of more than 1.2 million daily. Our digital sites attract more than 44 million unique visits monthly. We also have a rapidly growing roster of digital products for consumers, and are committed to aggressive digital growth.

Lee Enterprises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. Lee embraces change, and we recognize that we must create and maintain a culture of fervent inclusion. For more information about Lee, check us out at .

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role but do not meet 100% of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply.