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A copy editor is a professional wordsmith who corrects grammar, spelling and style mistakes in a wide variety of text presentations including both fiction and non-fiction after the copy has been written for content and clarity. Professionals may be freelance and full-time copy editors. Check out the copy editor resume sample below for some valuable insight when it comes to composing yours.

Tom Ainsworth
3440 Jarvis Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14227 – (333) 333 4444 – tainsworth@bca.org


Expertly trained copy editor who has handled an extensive amount of different editing tasks, including newspaper and magazine copy, advertising copy and online informational copy. Capable of making constructive suggestions for improving an author’s writing style. Completely experienced in all print layouts and formats and can easily understand and implement either newspaper or magazine writing styles. Expert level understanding of Associated Press style for newspaper writing as well page design skills while understanding the synergy involved with test style and color. Self motivated manager with highly developed interpersonal communication skills.

Professional Experience

Cheektowaga Bee, Cheektowaga, NY 2007 - Present
Copy Editor

• Edit stories from on-staff and freelance writers for grammar, spelling and fact.
• Paginate features, news, local and business sections daily using InDesign.
• Help to develop various headers and captions for national syndicated copy.
• Verify accuracy of completed pages prior delivery to press for printing.
• Create featured stories about local personalities.
• Cover the local art and music beats; previewed and reviewed concerts for AP wire inclusion.
• Cover local theater productions when needed.

Saratoga Seasons Magazine, Saratoga Springs, NY 2005-2007
Writer/Copy Editor

• Write arts and entertainment copy
• Edit freelance contributed copy
• Assign in-house and freelance photography shoots
• Edit images, supply captions
• Arrange for necessary photo releases

The Saratogian, Saratoga Springs, NY 2003-2005

• Designed and laid out several sections for local daily newspaper.
• Covered local charity fundraiser events such as March of Dimes “March for Babies” and the American Cancer Society “Relay for Life,” golf-fundraisers, school and church fundraising events.
• Proofread completed pages to sign off before delivery for printing.

The Syracuse Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY 2002-2003
Editor Assistant

• Hired after Internship to edit and input obituaries.
• Manned editorial department telephone “hotline”.
• Took photos in-house of walk-in subjects for publication.


Syracuse University, S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse, NY
BA in Journalism, 2002

• Staff member of student-operated The Daily Orange. Covered mostly arts and entertainment.
• Recipient New York State Regents Scholarship
• Intern Syracuse Post-Standard (2002)

Professional Organizations

• New York State Press Association
• Associated Press Member
• National Association of Magazine Editors
• American Copy Editors Society
• Society of Professional Journalists

Community Involvement

• Lions Club
• Knights of Columbus
• Greater Buffalo Community Theater
• Cheektowaga Camera Club


• Fluent in French, conversational in German and Spanish

Technical Skills

• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft Power Point
• Adobe InDesign
• Quark Xpress
• Adobe Photoshop
• Digital Camera
• Studio Lighting
• Computer programming PHP

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