Copy Editor

The Walrus Foundation—publisher of The Walrus, Canada’s celebrated magazine of ideas and culture—has an opening for a copy editor, at its office in downtown Toronto. This is a full-time position, though there may be some flexibility depending on the candidate.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Copy-edit all editorial content in The Walrus magazine (ten issues per year in print, tablet, and phone editions)
  • Maintain and update, in consultation with the managing editor, the style guide for all Walrus platforms (website, digital projects, and events)

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Support and mentor editorial fellows
  • Research and fact-check content as needed
  • Copy-edit content for


  • A reader of The Walrus and other long-form publications
  • Nuanced attention to detail
  • Three to five years of copy-editing experience, preferably with a magazine
  • Intimate knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, The Canadian Press Stylebook, and Canadian Oxford Dictionary
  • A strong research background and honed editorial instincts
  • An ability to multitask and to meet deadlines consistently; a reliable, flexible team player
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Adobe InCopy, and Adobe InDesign; comfortable with tracked changes. HTML experience preferred.
  • Experience with and other database resources an asset
  • Familiarity with the structure, mandate, and activities of the charitable non-profit Walrus Foundation
  • A degree or an advanced degree in journalism or the humanities an asset

Submit a cover letter and resumé in PDF to Kyle Wyatt, managing editor. Please indicate salary expectations and available start date. Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. No phone inquiries, please.


The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program—a pilot project funded by the Chawkers Foundation and other like-minded donors, and administered by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation—trains young professionals in editorial work, to the rigorous standards of Canada’s celebrated magazine of long-form journalism, ideas, and culture. Editorial Fellows research story ideas with editors; and fact-check and proof the content of The Walrus in print and mobile editions. Additional “desk assignments” include reviewing unsolicited submissions; monitoring and compiling web comments, tweets, and letters to the editor; gathering biographical information for the Contributors page; and assisting the online and tablet editors with digital and expanded content.

Editorial Fellows also have access to training seminars led by editors and staff of the Walrus Foundation, in topics ranging from copy editing and magazine theory to circulation and non-profit development. The full-time fellowships pay $400 per week per fellow, for six months.

The Walrus Foundation is now accepting applications for Editorial Fellowships, to begin on Monday, January 12.

We will begin reviewing applications on November 24, but will accept materials until available positions are filled. To apply, please submit a single PDF that includes a statement of purpose, a resumé, and two letters of reference to Kyle Wyatt, managing editor of The Walrus, at [email protected]. Qualified applicants will receive a set of tasks related to their prospective duties, along with a deadline. Selected applicants will then interview at the Walrus Foundation’s offices in Toronto. The process is competitive.

We are eternally grateful to our founding donor, the Chawkers Foundation, for funding the inaugural Walrus Editorial Fellows, and for its support of education, training, and all things Walrus. Meet the current Editorial Fellows below.

Michael Fraiman, Pitblado Fellow


Photograph of Michael Fraiman

Michael has eaten charred scorpion in Beijing, chased a bus from Laos to Vietnam, and climbed a frozen Icelandic mountain literally named “You-Can’t-Climb-It Mountain”—all stories that appear in his upcoming book, A Long Way Back: Stories of Travelling Home. He is an editor at Torontoist and Metro News, was a former traffic boy at CBC Radio One, and has been published in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Action Asia Magazine.

Amanda Kwan, Chawkers Fellow


Photograph by Harley Rustad

Amanda has a BA from the University of Toronto, where she majored in political science and journalism—the latter of which she chose to study based on the misguided notion that a degree related to publishing would be more practical than those other disciplines in the liberal arts. Before starting at The Walrus, she interned at the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Amanda likes to read magazines.

Mary Newman, Chawkers Fellow


Photograph by Harley Rustad

Mary graduated from Manchester University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion. Prior to moving to Canada from London, England, she worked for BBC Radio 4 in news and current affairs, mentored refugees, and played bass guitar in a metal band. She is particularly interested in fine art, film, and food.


The following individuals may be considered eligible for an internship in the disciplines of art, digital, marketing, events, development at the Walrus Foundation:

  1. A secondary school student who performs work under a work experience program authorized by the school board that operates the school in which the student is enrolled;
  2. An individual who performs work under a program approved by a college of applied arts and technology or a university.

More information and timelines to come.