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Working As A Deputy 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

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Deputy 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 A Deputy 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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Deputy Editor Career Paths

Deputy Editor
Executive Editor Senior Editor Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Editor Senior Editor Communications Manager
Internal Communications Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Editor Senior Editor Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor In Chief Vice President Marketing Vice President
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Editor In Chief Manager Marketing Director
Brand Director
10 Yearsyrs
Editor In Chief Founder Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Principal Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Features Editor Social Media Manager Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Features Editor Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Features Editor Owner Creative Director
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Writer Content Strategist Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Writer Senior Producer Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Manager Communications Manager Internal Communications Manager
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Digital Editor Producer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Publishing Editor 4.7 years
City Editor 4.1 years
Senior Editor 4.0 years
Executive Editor 3.5 years
Managing Editor 3.3 years
Deputy Editor 3.0 years
Staff Editor 2.9 years
Copy Editor 2.9 years
Lead Editor 2.6 years
News Editor 2.6 years
Editor 2.6 years
Features Editor 2.6 years
Associate Editor 2.5 years
Digital Editor 2.2 years
Online Editor 2.1 years
Assistant Editor 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Deputy Editor
Editor 17.4%
Reporter 10.1%
Internship 6.8%
Writer 2.3%
Journalist 1.7%
Top Careers After Deputy Editor
Editor 22.6%
Reporter 5.2%
Internship 4.1%
Consultant 3.3%
Director 2.0%

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Deputy Editor Demographics

Gender

Male

46.3%

Female

41.1%

Unknown

12.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

14.2%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.8%

French

21.0%

Russian

9.7%

Portuguese

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

German

3.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Persian

3.2%

Swedish

1.6%

Georgian

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Amharic

1.6%

Slovak

1.6%

Armenian

1.6%

Bengali

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Thai

1.6%
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Deputy Editor Education

Schools

New York University

13.9%

Northwestern University

9.7%

Columbia University

7.6%

Georgetown University

6.3%

New School

5.6%

Temple University

4.9%

Harvard University

4.9%

Syracuse University

4.2%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.2%

Fordham University

4.2%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

University of Florida

3.5%

Marquette University

3.5%

American University

3.5%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.5%

University of California - Berkeley

3.5%

University of Iowa

3.5%

Kansas State University

2.8%

Pace University - New York

2.8%
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Majors

Journalism

31.4%

English

15.7%

Communication

12.0%

Political Science

6.9%

Business

4.0%

Writing

3.4%

Agricultural Public Services

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

History

2.6%

Fine Arts

2.3%

Photography

2.0%

Area Studies

2.0%

Management

1.7%

Sociology

1.7%

Publishing

1.7%

International Relations

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Law

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.0%

Masters

30.1%

Other

13.1%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.7%

Associate

1.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$38,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
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$69,000
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$69,000
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Best Paying Company
The New York Times Company
Highest Paying City
Bethesda, MD
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Deputy Editor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Deputy Editor in the United States is $69,674 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Deputy Editor Salaries

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Deputy Editor Guardian News & Media LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2014 $168,000
Deputy Commodities Editor, Americas Reuters America LLC New York, NY Jun 04, 2016 $140,000
Deputy Editor, Gizmodo Gawker Media, LLC New York, NY Mar 14, 2016 $120,000
Deputy Editor Unimoda, LLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $120,000
Deputy Editor Unimoda, LLC New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $120,000
Deputy Editor Gizmodo Media Group, LLC (F/K/A Unimoda, LLC) New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $120,000
Deputy Editor-In Pacific Culture Enterprises, Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $106,000
Deputy Editor ESPN/Starwave Partners D/B/A ESPN Internet Venture Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2014 $105,000
Deputy Editor ESPN Internet Ventures Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2014 $105,000
Deputy Editor-In The National Journal Group, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 01, 2012 $100,000 -
$250,000
Deputy Editor, Digital Projects Rodale Inc. New York, NY Jun 13, 2016 $85,000 -
$95,000
Deputy Travel Editor BBC Worldwide Americas Inc. New York, NY Mar 22, 2014 $80,172
Deputy Editor Weider Publications, Inc. New York, NY Jan 16, 2015 $80,000
Deputy Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Jun 28, 2015 $77,251 -
$91,022
Deputy Editor Flavorpill Productions LLC New York, NY Mar 23, 2015 $70,000
Deputy Editor-In Pacific Culture Enterprises, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $70,000
Deputy Editor Time Inc. New York, NY Dec 02, 2013 $65,000 -
$85,000
Deputy Editor Time Inc. New York, NY Feb 12, 2013 $65,000 -
$85,000
Deputy Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Jun 28, 2012 $61,339 -
$75,000
Deputy Editor-In Pacific Culture Enterprises, Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2012 $60,000
Deputy Chief Editor China Daily Distribution Corporation New York, NY Sep 22, 2013 $54,491
Deputy Chief Editor China Daily Distribution Corporation Washington, DC Sep 22, 2013 $54,491
Deputy Chief Editor Learn Yu Wen, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 01, 2011 $51,570
Deputy Esports Editor The Daily Dot, LLC New York, NY Feb 22, 2016 $43,000
Deputy Esports Editor The Daily Dot, LLC Austin, TX Feb 22, 2016 $43,000

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Top Skills for A Deputy Editor

  1. Online
  2. Photo Shoots
  3. News Stories
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  • Coordinated and developed editorial calendar for all online content.
  • Conceived and produces original online-exclusive photo shoots for RealSimple.com.
  • Lead editor on major entertainment breaking news stories including the deaths of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Anna Nicole Smith.
  • Interviewed top-level executives for cover features.
  • Assigned and edited personal finance stories and video segments; worked with content partners; managed editorial staff.

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