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Working As An Assistant Managing 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

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Managing Editor Do

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

Duties

Editors typically do the following:

  • Read content and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
  • Rewrite text to make it easier for readers to understand
  • Verify facts using standard reference sources
  • Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish
  • Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed
  • Develop story and content ideas according to the publication’s style and editorial policy
  • Allocate space for the text, photos, and illustrations that make up a story
  • Approve final versions submitted by staff

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. During the review process, editors offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

The following are examples of types of editors:

Copy editors review text for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy. They suggest revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity or accuracy. They also may carry out research, confirm sources for writers, and verify facts, dates, and statistics. In addition, they may arrange page layouts of articles, photographs, and advertising.

Publication assistants who work for book-publishing houses may read and evaluate manuscripts submitted by freelance writers, proofread uncorrected drafts, and answer questions about published material. Assistants on small newspapers or in smaller media markets may compile articles available from wire services or the Internet, answer phones, and proofread articles.

Assistant editors are responsible for a particular subject, such as local news, international news, feature stories, or sports. Most assistant editors work for newspaper publishers, television broadcasters, magazines, book publishers, or advertising and public relations firms.

Executive editors oversee assistant editors and generally have the final say about what stories are published and how they are covered. Executive editors typically hire writers, reporters, and other employees. They also plan budgets and negotiate contracts with freelance writers, who are sometimes called “stringers” in the news industry. Although many executive editors work for newspaper publishers, some work for television broadcasters, magazines, or advertising and public relations firms.

Managing editors typically work for magazines, newspaper publishers, and television broadcasters, and are responsible for the daily operations of a news department.

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How To Become An Assistant Managing Editor

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

Education

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.

Advancement

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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Assistant Managing Editor Career Paths

Assistant Managing Editor
Managing Editor Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Owner Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Editor Public Relations Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Manager Property Manager
Assistant Director, Communications
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Technical Writer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Consultant Communications Manager
Communications Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Content Writer Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Technical Writer Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Technical Writer Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Marketing Coordinator Digital Marketing Specialist
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Author Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Senior Copywriter Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Editor, Freelance Freelance Copywriter Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Editor Senior Writer Senior Producer
Bureau Chief
7 Yearsyrs
News Editor Producer Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
City Editor 4.1 years
Senior Editor 4.0 years
Executive Editor 3.5 years
Managing Editor 3.3 years
Staff Editor 2.9 years
Deputy Editor 2.9 years
Copy Editor 2.9 years
Editor 2.6 years
News Editor 2.6 years
Lead Editor 2.6 years
Associate Editor 2.5 years
Magazine Editor 2.4 years
Design Editor 2.4 years
Photo Editor 2.3 years
Digital Editor 2.2 years
Assistant Editor 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Managing Editor
Editor 14.6%
Reporter 11.3%
Copy Editor 10.7%
Internship 5.4%
Top Careers After Assistant Managing Editor
Editor 16.0%
Reporter 2.9%
Consultant 2.8%
Internship 2.8%
Instructor 2.0%
President 1.9%

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Assistant Managing Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

48.1%

Male

45.4%

Unknown

6.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.1%

French

14.8%

German

11.1%

Russian

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Portuguese

3.7%

Danish

1.9%

Filipino

1.9%

Marathi

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%
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Assistant Managing Editor Education

Schools

New York University

12.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

9.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.9%

Northwestern University

7.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.2%

Ohio University -

5.6%

Columbia University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.1%

Brigham Young University

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.0%

Bowling Green State University

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.4%

Emerson College

3.4%

University of Kentucky

3.4%

Harvard University

3.4%

Michigan State University

2.8%

Saint John's University - New York

2.8%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

2.8%

University of Oregon

2.8%
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Majors

Journalism

25.8%

English

17.2%

Communication

11.3%

Business

7.6%

Writing

6.2%

Political Science

4.2%

History

4.0%

Psychology

3.0%

Agricultural Public Services

2.3%

Fine Arts

2.3%

Law

2.3%

Management

2.2%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.7%

Marketing

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Photography

1.4%

Elementary Education

1.4%

Public Relations

1.4%

Area Studies

1.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.2%

Masters

22.1%

Other

12.7%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

3.2%

Associate

3.0%

License

0.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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Highest Assistant Managing Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Managing Editor Charlie Rose Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2014 $90,000
Assistant Managing Editor Portfolio Media, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $65,000 -
$85,000
Assistant Managing Editor/Postdoc Researcher University of North Texas Denton, TX Jul 02, 2013 $55,185
Assistant Managing Editor Bioscience Writers, LLC Houston, TX Sep 12, 2014 $45,000

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Top Skills for An Assistant Managing Editor

  1. Editorial Staff
  2. News Stories
  3. Online
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  • Managed editorial staff of 12 plus four freelance copy and research editors.
  • Managed and assigned staff and freelance assignments to produce coverage of the most timely and relevant news stories.
  • Developed search-engine optimization for community content through online publishing with an emphasis on growing audience and engagement via social media.
  • Update the company website and social networks with daily news.
  • Worked closely with the managing editor, section editors, and freelance writers to resolve usage/style issues.

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