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Date Posted: 12/17/14


The Cedar Rapids Gazette is looking for a talented copy editor with a love of language, good grammar skills and experience with design software. Working in an evolving, fast-paced newsroom, the ideal candidate will be versatile, attentive to detail and cool under pressure. The job consists of editing content for quality and accuracy, writing headlines and proofreading pages as well as some layout responsibilities. Our ideal candidate will have advanced understanding of editing content for context and maximum audience impact.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable in collaborating with visual creators, designers and team leaders to develop appealing and complete presentations. They’ll also be highly organized and can juggle an array of duties under deadlines. The person we seek is also able to spot libelous statements, edit for clarity and tightens content for conciseness and fit.

The ideal candidate will be curious and passionate about current events and the community. He/She will be helpful in editing content across the product to adhere to style guidelines.

The position also requires selection of national and international wire news so attention to major current events is required.

Our organization:

Our news operation is converged and combines digital, print and broadcast for The Gazette,, KCRG-TV9,, as well as several niche sites. Our company has a strong tradition of being independent and is employee-owned. The majority of our news team is focused on enterprise reporting, and we have a strong spirit of collaboration with other news outlets. While we’re focused in Cedar Rapids -- Iowa’s second-largest city – we have bureaus in Des Moines, Dubuque and Iowa City. The region is rich with things to do outside of work hours.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Ideal candidate will be a flexible, self-motivated, creative go-getter and problem solver who works well on a team and has excellent communication and team-building skills. Candidate must be highly organized, a confident decision maker and committed to ongoing improvement and coaching. Candidate must also have strong writing and editing skills and sound news judgment. Candidate must be attentive to detail, possess strong computer skills, is organized and a strong communicator.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field plus 1-3 years’ work experience in editing and publication production.

Please apply at:

The Gazette Company

501 2nd Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

A pre-employment drug screen is required.EOE.

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