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C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism about the world of chemistry, including coverage of recent advances in research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. It is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline, and is widely considered one of the major benefits of membership. C&EN’s weekly print magazine reaches more than 156,000 members of ACS, and its daily website receives more than 7 million page views per year. The C&EN Media group also publishes a wide range of custom content, including sponsored webinars, white papers, conference show dailies, advertorials, and native advertising projects.

Position Summary

The Production Editor is responsible for editing and producing scientific content for publication across C&EN’s print and digital channels. They are responsible for the production—through publication—of a portion of the content we put out each day and week, a process that involves meticulous editing and meeting newsroom deadlines.

The ideal candidate has a love of both science and language, a sharp eye for detail, excellent organizational skills, the flexibility to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines, and strong decision-making skills.

Position Accountabilities

  • Pair editing skill and scientific knowledge to ensure content is free of errors and adheres to C&EN’s style guide.
  • Coordinate with writers, editors, and designers to ensure that text, photos, and graphics publish on schedule to each channel.
  • Coordinate production of C&EN editorial content as well as C&EN BrandLab native advertising and other sponsored content.
  • Manage long-term production of major editorial projects, including brainstorming for large graphics and story elements, planning production schedules across design and editorial teams, and coordinating with all teams to ensure project tasks are on track.
  • Manage production of science-rich weekly artwork, working with writers, editors, and designers to achieve informative and inviting graphics such as chemical structures, graphs, charts, tables, and schematics, as well as complex, data-filled infographics.
  • Ensure output of complete, error-free XML for publication to digital C&EN channels: web, mobile, and global edition; ensure output of complete, error-free PDFs for publication to print and emailed digital editions.
  • Implement search engine optimization (SEO) best practices for discoverability of digital content and act as a champion of SEO best practices among C&EN’s team of writers and editors.
  • Write or edit headlines, photo and graphic captions, and other trim to make it both accurate and compelling.
  • Contribute content to C&EN’s social, digital, print, and other properties as appropriate.

College degree in chemistry or related science. 2 years of journalism or communication related experience strongly preferred. Specific training/experience/job knowledge requirements for an incumbent to successfully perform the job include a strong grasp of grammar, ability to manage multiple priorities and projects, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and ability to work as part of a team. Journalism experience, including working within a content management system and knowledge of search engine optimization best practices, is a plus.


Job Information
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Job ID:
  • Posted:
    May 30, 2019
  • Position Title:
    Production Editor
  • Company Name:
    Chemical & Engineering News/American Chemical Society
  • Industry:
    Printing / Publishing
  • Job Function:
  • Entry Level:
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