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Become An Assignment Editor

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Working As An Assignment Editor

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $50,600

    Average Salary

What Does An Assignment Editor Do At Raycom Media

* Maintain contact with various police, business, and government agencies.
* Must be proficient in social media.
* Answer phones, dispatch crews, listen to scanners, follow social media to develop stories for use on-air and online.
* Manage daybook/planner-inputting information on upcoming events with background and contact information.
* Communicate information on news updates, breaking news to the digital staff.
* Manage logistics of assigning crews, vehicles and/or live gear.
* Coordinate and fulfill requests from other affiliates, as well as CBS/NBC networks.
* Write breaking news updates for web and social media digital content.
* Ability to work varying shifts, including nights and weekends.
* Requirements and Key Competencies:
* Strong news judgment, ethics and knowledge of Hawaii are a must.
* Familiarity with use of social media as news gathering tools
* Excellent writing, grammar and copy-editing skills
* Bachelor's degree in Journalism or equivalent preferred
* Previous experience in a newsroom preferred
* Hawaii News Now was selected as one of Hawaii's Best Places to Work for the fourth year in a row by its employees and Hawaii Business Magazine (2015
* We offer a generous compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience.
* Interest candidates who meet the minimum qualifications, please apply online at https://careers-raycommedia.icims.com and attach your cover letter, resume, and links to your work.
* No phone calls please.
* EOE-M/F/D/V.
* ID: 2018
* Work Days: Varies

What Does An Assignment Editor Do At Hearst Television

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* Aggressively cover breaking news in a competitive news market.
* Track assignments from conception to on-air execution.
* Maintain follow-ups, develop sources, build idea files and monitor scanners/phones.
* Post stories to the station’s digital and social media platforms

What Does An Assignment Editor Do At Tribune Company

* Superior written and oral communication skills Responsible for listening to scanners
* Responsible for coordinating multiple field crews
* Answers phones and email to determine what makes a great story
* Coordinates live shots and content sharing with affiliates, CNN, FOX, and other partners
* Posts stories to station website and social media sites

What Does An Assignment Editor Do At Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

* Editing, formatting and posting large amounts of content
* Proofreading, copy editing and preparing sites for rigorous client review
* Editing/Uploading photos, hyperlinks and PDF files
* Handling sensitive content and working directly with clients to tailor sites to their needs
* Previous WordPress experience is required
* Basic HTML/CSS knowledge
* Microsoft office experience (particularly Excel)
* Strong attention to detail and a keen editorial eye
* Ability to work under tight deadlines
* Ability to handle a large workload and work well under pressure
* Self-motivated and able to work independently under minimal supervision
* Experience with OneDrive/Google Drive/Doc sharing/other collaborative software
* Experience with large amounts of financial content is a plus
* Photoshop knowledge is a bonus
* Internet research skills
* QA testing experience is a plus
* Outstanding written communication skills and extremely fluent in English
* ID: 2017

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How To Become An Assignment Editor

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.


Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.

Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.

Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs. 

Other Experience

Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.

The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.


Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.

Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.

Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.

Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.

Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.

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Assignment Editor Career Paths

Assignment Editor
Managing Editor Project Manager Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager Creative Director
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
News Producer Writer/Producer Creative Director
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
News Writer Managing Editor Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Account Executive Public Relations
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
7 Yearsyrs
General Assignment Reporter Managing Editor Public Relations
Director Of Public Affairs
8 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Development Director Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
General Assignment Reporter Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
News Producer Executive Producer Creative Director
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer General Manager Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Senior Account Executive Public Relations
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Journalist Public Affairs Specialist
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Communications Director
Vice President Of Communication
5 Yearsyrs
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Assignment Editor Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Vietnamese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Dakota

  • Hebrew

  • Yiddish

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Real Assignment Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assignment Editor MTV Networks, A Division of Viacom International New York, NY Jun 28, 2010 $104,000 -
Assignment Editor MTV Networks, A Division of Viacom International New York, NY Jul 26, 2010 $104,000 -
News Assignment Editor American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $86,008
Senior Assignment Editor ESPN Productions, Inc. Bristol, CT Mar 17, 2013 $77,010
Assignment Editor General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc. Rockville, MD Oct 01, 2013 $68,510
Assignment Editor (Content Producer) Yahoo! Inc. Coral Gables, FL Nov 17, 2009 $68,391
Assignment Editor NFL Enterprises, LLC Culver City, CA Apr 21, 2014 $68,245
Assignment Editor II ESPN Productions, Inc. Bristol, CT Jan 01, 2012 $60,700
Assignment Editor I ESPN Productions, Inc. Bristol, CT Dec 13, 2015 $56,837
Assignment Editor The Weather Channel Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 01, 2010 $55,000 -
Assignment Editor I ESPN Productions, Inc. Bristol, CT May 26, 2013 $54,100
Assignment Editor I ESPN Productions, Inc. Bristol, CT Dec 05, 2010 $50,200
Assignment Editor MTV Networks, A Division of Viacom International New York, NY Aug 30, 2010 $47,278 -
Assignment Editor Korean-American TV Broadcasting Co., Inc. Federal Way, WA Jan 22, 2011 $46,092
Assignment Editor Korean-American TV Broadcasting, Inc. Federal Way, WA Jan 23, 2010 $46,092
Assignment Editor The Weather Channel, LLC Atlanta, GA Nov 18, 2012 $45,500 -
Assignment Editor I ESPN Productions, Inc. Bristol, CT Jun 14, 2010 $40,651

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Top Skills for An Assignment Editor


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Top Assignment Editor Skills

  1. News Reports
  2. Coverage Plans
  3. Photographers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Make daily calls to area agencies to collect information for possible news reports.
  • Work with Executive Producer to determine evening coverage plans (in addition to responsibilities as weekend assignment editor).
  • Communicated with reporters and photographers on assignment.
  • Supervised reporters and photographers during the development and assignment of daily news stories.
  • Conferred with news director and department heads to coordinate production activities.

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