No degree needed. - BioNews is looking for copy editors with experience in news publications (digital or print) to join its growing freelance team on a remote basis. Our daily publications need individuals to help us ensure that a text is readable, accurate and ready for publication, completing tasks such as fact checking, writing headlines, editing for grammar, spelling, and BNS style, and overall prep for online publication of stories.
Work closely with health journalists, columnists, medical writers, and science department to edit articles for external audiences on specific disease-related sites.
checking text to ensure it is accurate, well-written, logically structured and in clear, readable language for the intended audience
correcting grammar and spelling
checking that all science terms and processes are defined in everyday English that readers will understand
ensuring the text is in line with “BNS style” — for example, that hyphens, capital letters and optional spellings are used consistently
raising queries with the science editors or authors for clarification, when necessary
checking rewritten or substantially altered sentences or paragraphs for accuracy (if science is affected) with source material and science editors
being alert to any potential legal problems in the text (news, columns, clips, etc.), such as libelous statements or breach of copyright, and discussing them with the news editor and/or publisher, if required.
checking illustrations and captions are correct, when applicable.
Writing or adjusting headlines for each article and/or write introductory paragraphs and ensure the story fit BNS style and requirements, as well as readying the piece for online publication.
We are looking for candidates who can:
Assist in producing smart, context-filled stories and other content on tight deadlines and understands the difference in writing for various platforms.
Have a tactful approach when dealing with authors and the ability to retain the author's “voice” after editing, and
Along with science department, ensure all articles are scientifically accurate and readable for our audience.