• Copy Editor

    Job Locations US-AL-Montgomery
    Req No.
    Intelligence Project
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.


    SPLC's Intelligence Project monitors activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, antigovernment militias, and other forms of extremism. The team is tasked with tracking more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country. The Intelligence Project publishes a magazine, white papers, investigative reports, social media items and blog posts. The department also trains law enforcement officers and shares key intelligence and analysis about the radical right with the media, government officials and the public.


    The SPLC’s Intelligence Project seeks a Copy Editor to help ensure print and digital publications are clear, consistent, complete and credible. This is an exciting opportunity for experienced and highly-organized deadline driven editors to support our expanding editorial team based in our Montgomery headquarters. Previous copy-editing experience for a daily or weekly business publication is a definite plus.


    • Play a key role in the editing process by correcting grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors. Confirm that names, places, organizations are spelled properly, and that facts, dates and data are accurate;
    • Review articles for readability, provide feedback and suggestions to authors to enhance the quality of publications;
    • Write headlines and subheads for articles, proofread captions for photos and charts in reports, and check the source of images and other materials included in publication to ensure they conform to appropriate use under any copyright;
    • Communicating regularly with authors by phone and email;
    • Checking that authors have provided all the required support materials and paperwork and comply with publishing procedures;
    • Discussing and resolving any potentially libelous sections with the editor and author.


    • Commitment to the values and mission of SPLC;
    • Bachelor’s degree in English, communication, journalism or related discipline preferred;
    • At least five years of proven copy-editing experience, preferably for a daily or weekly publication with extensive experience in a copy-editing or proofreading role;
    • Meticulous attention to detail with an obsession for eliminating spelling, grammar and punctuation errors, improving readability, and ensuring that all content is factually correct;
    • Strong journalism background with proven writing skills and experience reviewing and copy editing a variety of news styles and formats, from short digital pieces to longer more analytic pieces on both traditional and digital platforms;
    • Exceptional headline and photo-caption writing skills, with a command of AP Style and a knowledge of SEO best practices;
    • Basic knowledge of HTML and social media preferred.


    Other Special Considerations:
    This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.


    The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.


    An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
    Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.


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