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.
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.
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.
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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Copy Editor vs. Cat
|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|
Top Copy Editor Skills
Grammatical Errors is the least sought after skill at the current time for copy editor jobs.
Layout, Book Reviews, Press Releases, News Pages, News Articles, Internet, Proofread Articles, Factual Accuracy, Grammatical Errors, Quark, News Stories, SEO, Edit Copy, Adobe Photoshop, Copy Desk, Adobe Indesign, Weekly Newspaper, Content Management System, Features, Daily Newspaper
Top 10 Copy Editor Employers
10 companies currently have Copy Editor open positions.Other companies that have hired for Copy Editor positions are:
Demand Media, Gatehouse Media, The Tampa Tribune, Capital Group, Amazon, Trialgraphix, Inc., Random House, Cond Nast, Sapling Learning, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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