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Santa Cruz Local seeks a copy editor/fact checker

April 11, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Your role mainly would be to fact-check news stories. Accuracy is the top priority. You’d also work with reporters to create clear, deep, concise stories. You’d ask reporters clarifying questions, suggest context and look for ways to make stories more readable and complete.

You would also review Santa Cruz Local’s email newsletter for accuracy, clarity and style. You would occasionally review local government agendas and write brief previews of upcoming meetings. You would also occasionally place stories on our WordPress website.

A few times a month, you would review Santa Cruz Local’s Spanish audio news product for clarity, fairness and accuracy.

The Copy Editor / Fact Checker would report to the Editor.


  • Remote work is possible for this role.


  • Applicants need experience using a computer, accessing the internet and corresponding by email.
  • Applicants need at least three years of experience with reporting, fact checking or editing in English or Spanish, ideally in journalism. This could include: news reporting or editing including at a school newspaper or an internship, academic work, any technical writing or analysis.
  • Applicants must collaborate and communicate effectively on a team.
  • Applicants must have some familiarity with Santa Cruz County and local government.
  • You must be 18 or older.

Bonus points for:

  • Ability to read and write fluently in Spanish.
  • Experience in a newsroom.
  • Experience with AP Style.
  • Deep knowledge of Santa Cruz County’s local issues and local government.
  • Cultural fluency with Santa Cruz County’s Spanish-speaking communities.

If you worry, you’re not qualified, please give it a shot and apply anyway. You do not need an educational degree to apply.

The deadline to apply is 9 a.m. PT Monday, May 8.

Salary: $26 to $28 per hour

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