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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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Hispanic or Latino10.0%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Washington11.4%
University of Texas at Austin8.2%
New York University7.5%
University of North Texas5.3%
University of Iowa4.6%
Western Washington University4.3%
Arizona State University4.3%
San Francisco State University4.3%
University of Florida4.3%
University of Missouri - Columbia4.3%
Brigham Young University3.9%
Columbia College Chicago3.9%
University of California - Los Angeles3.9%
Ohio State University3.9%
University of Southern California3.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Technical Content Editor||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jan 12, 2015||$120,000|
|Editor, Branded Content||A Medium Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Dec 04, 2014||$110,000 -
|Content Editor||Campden Media Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 15, 2015||$90,000|
|Content Editor||News America Incorporated||New York, NY||Oct 14, 2013||$90,000|
|National Content Editor||Time Out America LLC||New York, NY||Jul 01, 2015||$90,000 -
|Content Editor||Mortar||San Francisco, CA||Jun 15, 2015||$85,000|
|Legal Content Editor||Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP||New York, NY||Jul 15, 2015||$84,656|
|Content Editor||Mergermarket (U.S.) Ltd.||New York, NY||Oct 15, 2011||$83,590|
|Content Editor||Mortar||San Francisco, CA||Jun 15, 2015||$80,000|
|Creative Content Editor||FITR TV||Escondido, CA||Sep 18, 2015||$80,000|
|Content Editor||News America Incorporated||New York, NY||Aug 01, 2009||$70,000|
|Content Editor||Workable Inc.||Boston, MA||Jan 04, 2016||$68,000|
|Content Editor||King Content (USA), Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 02, 2016||$67,000|
|Content Editor-Food and Health||Future Today Inc.||Saint Petersburg, FL||Sep 19, 2015||$65,000|
|Senior Content Editor||Hearst Communications Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 07, 2015||$64,000 -
|Senior Content Editor||Hearst Communications Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 09, 2015||$64,000 -
|Media Analyst/Content Editor||City University of New York||New York, NY||Oct 08, 2009||$62,000|
|Media Analyst/Content Editor||City University of New York (NYC Dept of Education||New York, NY||Sep 29, 2009||$62,000|
|Spanish Content Editor/Transcreator||American Bible Society||New York, NY||Oct 20, 2012||$60,000|
|Content Editor||Imprivata Inc.||Lexington, MA||Sep 11, 2015||$48,000|
|Executive Media Content Editor||Starcom Products, Inc.||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Aug 18, 2016||$46,488 -
|Media Content Editor||Starcom Products, Inc.||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Aug 18, 2016||$46,488 -
|Multimedia Content Editor||What's Next Media and Analytics LLC||Boston, MA||Oct 14, 2016||$46,350|
|Multimedia Content Editor||Market Platform Dynamics LLC||Boston, MA||Sep 02, 2015||$45,000|
|Associate Content Editor||Makers Row Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 29, 2015||$45,000|
|Associate Content Editor||Makers Row Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 06, 2015||$45,000|
|Content Editor||Dow Jones and Company||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2016||$45,000|
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