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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 Latino8.0%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Missouri - Columbia9.4%
New York University8.9%
University of Florida6.4%
University of Texas at Austin5.4%
Michigan State University5.1%
Pennsylvania State University4.6%
University of Kansas4.4%
University of Oregon4.3%
West Virginia University4.2%
Ohio State University3.8%
University of North Texas3.6%
Arizona State University3.5%
University of Iowa3.5%
University of Maryland - College Park3.4%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Associate Copy Editor||News America Incorporated||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2011||$76,375|
|Copy Editor||C. 2K Entertainment, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 18, 2012||$75,000|
|Copy Editor||Vince Camuto, LLC||New York, NY||Jun 08, 2015||$75,000|
|Copy Editor||Dow Jones and Company||San Francisco, CA||Jun 05, 2012||$71,956|
|Copy Editor||Dow Jones and Company||San Francisco, CA||Sep 23, 2012||$71,956|
|Copy Editor||Dow Jones and Company||New York, NY||Sep 23, 2012||$67,600|
|Online Copy Editor||Daily News, L.P.||New York, NY||Sep 09, 2015||$65,000|
|Copy Editor, Editorial Partnership||Guardian News & Media LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$63,419|
|Copy Editor||Dow Jones & Company, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 17, 2010||$63,132|
|Online Copy Editor||Daily News, L.P.||New York, NY||Sep 09, 2014||$60,000|
|Online Copy Editor||Daily News, L.P.||New York, NY||Sep 04, 2014||$60,000|
|Copy Editor||WP Company LLC||Washington, DC||Nov 23, 2009||$55,000 -
|Copy Editor||14W Administrative Services LLC||Baltimore, MD||Sep 16, 2016||$50,000|
|Copy Editor/Translator||Draftfcb, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Oct 01, 2009||$48,000 -
|Copy & Layout Editor-AL DIA||The Dallas Morning News||Dallas, TX||Jun 20, 2010||$47,892|
|Copy Editor||Queens Public Library||NY||Apr 04, 2016||$46,000|
|Copy Editor||Queens Borough Public Library||NY||Apr 04, 2016||$46,000|
|Associate Copy Editor||Penguin Random House Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 12, 2015||$45,872|
|Associate Copy Editor||Penguin Random House LLC||New York, NY||Nov 01, 2016||$45,872|
|Copy Editor||The Washington Times LLC||Washington, DC||Nov 06, 2009||$45,500|
|Copy Editor III/Systems||Multimedia Inc. D/B/A The News Leader||Staunton, VA||Dec 09, 2014||$45,136 -
|Copy Editor||Friendfinder Networks Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2009||$41,350 -
|Copy Editor||Dahan Properties Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||May 25, 2015||$38,589 -
|Copy Editor||Dermstore, LLC||El Segundo, CA||Jun 02, 2015||$38,459 -
|Copy Editor||Dermstore, LLC||El Segundo, CA||May 05, 2015||$38,459 -
|Copy Editor||Dermstore, LLC||El Segundo, CA||Mar 18, 2015||$38,459 -
|Copy Editor||Gannett Pacific Corp.||Asheville, NC||Dec 17, 2009||$37,499|
|Copy Editor||Medianews Group||Salt Lake City, UT||Dec 24, 2011||$36,584|
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