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Working As An Assistant News 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

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant News 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 News 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 News Editor Career Paths

Assistant News Editor
News Editor Editor Public Relations Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Technical Writer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Technical Writer Marketing Communications Manager
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
News Editor Senior Editor Communications Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
News Editor Writer And Editor Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Public Relations Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Writer And Editor Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Owner Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist Digital Marketing Specialist
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Technical Writer Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Communications Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Producer Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Senior Editor
Bureau Chief
7 Yearsyrs
Writer Content Writer Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Features Editor Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Assistant News Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

50.3%

Male

42.4%

Unknown

7.3%
Ethnicity

White

65.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.2%

French

21.7%

Mandarin

7.2%

Chinese

5.8%

Korean

5.8%

Italian

5.8%

German

4.3%

Portuguese

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Albanian

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Thai

1.4%
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Assistant News Editor Education

Schools

Northwestern University

7.6%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

6.8%

University of Florida

6.1%

University of Missouri - Columbia

6.1%

New York University

5.3%

Arizona State University

5.3%

Winthrop University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Central Washington University

5.3%

Fairfield University

5.3%

American University

5.3%

Iowa State University

5.3%

University of Alabama

4.5%

Syracuse University

3.8%

Ithaca College

3.8%

George Washington University

3.8%

Bowling Green State University

3.8%

Auburn University

3.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.8%

University of Utah

3.8%
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Majors

Journalism

40.4%

Communication

19.1%

English

12.2%

Political Science

4.7%

Agricultural Public Services

3.3%

Writing

3.1%

Journalism And Mass Communications

2.5%

Public Relations

2.0%

Marketing

1.9%

Business

1.6%

Psychology

1.4%

Graphic Design

1.3%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.1%

History

1.1%

Law

0.9%

International Relations

0.8%

Management

0.6%

Area Studies

0.6%

Fine Arts

0.6%

Photography

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

71.7%

Masters

13.6%

Other

9.8%

Associate

1.7%

Certificate

1.6%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Assistant News Editor

  1. News Stories
  2. Student Newspaper
  3. Feature
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Edit news stories for grammatical correctness, style, and conciseness Place stories and other elements on newspaper pages using Adobe InDesign
  • Covered sports and news for the award-winning student newspaper at CSU Chico called The Orion.
  • General feature writing and photography.
  • Participated in editorial decisions in conjunction with editorial staff.
  • Served as co-editor, feature writer and layout artist and illustrator for Chicago's Jewish monthly newspaper (circulation 50,000).

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