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Transcript/Subtitle Editor (Freelance)

Position Overview:

TED is looking for a freelance English transcript and subtitle editor to join its Editorial team, working ~20 hours per week.

Transcripts and subtitles are the editorial engine that allow TED Talks to spread, making them accessible to people around the world. TED Talks are subtitled into more than 100 languages through our volunteer translation program and are viewed in every country on Earth each year. The Transcript Editor will manage a group of transcribers and help edit, fact-check and sync the English transcripts that act as the starting point for translations. This is a great job if you have a strong grasp of grammar and style; a spectacular level of attention to detail; an ear for language; and expert-level knowledge of subtitling software.

Responsibilities:

  • The Transcript Editor will edit, fact-check and sync English transcripts for TED Talks, original series and podcast episodes, which then become available to be translated into 100+ languages through our volunteer Translators program. They will also help manage a team of other freelancers who work on subtitles. And they will learn how to use CaptionHub, the platform TED uses to power transcripts and subtitles.

Required: 

  • 1-2 years of professional editorial experience
  • Experience with subtitling software like CaptionHub and a desire to learn new software
  • Ability to pass a transcription test
  • Experience with project management and staff scheduling, whether in a restaurant kitchen, a newsroom or a software company

Useful: 

  • Near-native fluency in a second language other than English, especially: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • Experience with data management software like Airtable
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