Translator (English to Spanish, Mexico)

Department: Global Press Accuracy Network

Status: Freelance

Location: Remote, Mexico preferred

Time Commitment: See Below

Compensation: Per piece or for specific tasks and assignments (rate sheets will be shared with shortlisted candidates)

First, a few questions:

Are you ready to reimagine journalism in the world’s least-covered markets? Are you ready to be part of a worldwide group of translators and fact-checkers that ensure accuracy and precision in every story?

Are you an experienced English to Spanish translator who wants to reimagine the systems that create international journalism?

Then apply to join the Global Press Accuracy Network as a Spanish translator for Mexico!

Global Press Translation Style

At Global Press, we believe that news outlets must be diligent in their translation processes when reporting from around the world. GPAN translators use a sociolinguistic approach, which prioritizes the translation of meaning over the translation of words alone. Human, non-automated translation is required to ensure that the words are imbued with their original intent. We are looking for a native Spanish-speaker from Mexico to provide specific context, nuance and vocabulary to ensure Global Press Journal stories are well-received and clearly understood by our growing readership in Mexico.

Any use of translation, whether during the reporting or editing process, is always noted to our readers in the spirit of transparency. Local-language versions of stories will be made available in the country where reporting took place, so that local sources have the opportunity to recognize themselves in stories. This ensures that Global Press can be held to account for any inaccuracies.

Translators must also familiarize themselves with the Global Press Style Guide to ensure dignified and precise references are consistent between Spanish and English language story drafts.

The Team

Translators are a key part of the Global Press Accuracy Network (GPAN), which works directly with Global Press Institute, the training arm of the organization, and Global Press Journal, our award-winning publication.

Translators work closely with reporters, editors and trainers to ensure clear, accurate translations.

The successful candidate has:

The ability to translate content from English to Spanish, for Mexico

Exceptional Spanish language writing, grammar and communication skills

Full fluency in English language, in both written and verbal communications

Three (3) or more years of professional translation experience in journalism and/or other media capacity

The ability to deliver translations within 24-48 hours

The ability and experience to use technology efficiently and to work in online platforms

Time Commitment

On average, stories range from 600 to 1200 words. Translators can anticipate workflow of 1-3 stories per week. In addition, translators are often called to assist with communications between reporters, editors and fact checkers to ensure stories are accurate.

The other important stuff:

Global Press is a diverse and rapidly growing international media organization that has been growing at a steady and sustainable pace for the last 13 years. We seek out team members who:

Are equally committed to journalistic tradition and journalistic innovation

Employ discipline, generosity and humor in their daily work

Are willing to challenge the 24-hour news cycle and stereotypical definitions of international news value

Believe in the power of local journalists to write and report undiscovered, high-quality stories

Thrive in a collaborative environment where team members can be honest with one another and always aim to be better than they were yesterday

Ready to apply?

Write a brief cover letter in the body of an email introducing yourself, a little about why you want to join the Global Press team and why this role resonates with you. Include the names (including email address, phone number and a detail on how you know each person) for at least two references who can speak knowledgeably about the quality of your work. Attach your CV.

All emails should be sent to [email protected] with the subject English to Spanish Translator for Mexico. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email and invited to do a test translation, for pay.

About Global Press

Global Press exists to create a more just and informed world by employing local journalists to produce ethical, accurate news coverage from the world’s least-covered places.

Rejecting the mainstream model of foreign correspondence, which deploys elite outsiders on perpetual short-term assignments, Global Press trains and employs a diverse population of female journalists in the developing media markets where they live to produce context-rich, nuanced news coverage. Our stories, produced and disseminated in local language and English, provide local and global audiences with news that elevates awareness and creates actionable opportunities for citizens.

Comprised of three brands that form a holistic social enterprise, Global Press is an international media company dedicated to reinventing both the craft and business of global journalism. Global Press operates a training program, Global Press Institute, an award-winning news publication, Global Press Journal, and an innovative syndication division, Global Press News Service.

Global Press aims to produce news from more than 100 countries.

Over the last 13 years, Global Press news stories have created tangible social impact across the world. Our news has changed laws in Nepal and Rwanda, changed policies in Zambia and Uganda and increased access to information for more than 20 million people each month. The organization has won numerous awards for its high-quality journalism and its high-impact business model. Global Press has won more than two dozen awards in its history, including the 2017 Creator Award, 2016 Webby Award, Best Writing, and 2016 Best Mobile News Website. Other honors include the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Society of Professional Journalists’ Journalism Innovation Prize and the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism.

Illustration at top by Zoe van Dijk for Global Press Journal