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Working As A Digital 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 A Digital 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 Digital 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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Digital Editor Career Paths

Digital Editor
Editor & Producer Production Manager Marketing Director
Brand Director
10 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Owner Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Project Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Founder Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager Communications Manager
Internal Communications Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project 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
Social Media Manager Content Strategist Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Managing Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Producer Managing Editor Public Relations Specialist
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Marketing Program Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Digital Marketing Manager Brand Strategist
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Digital Marketing Manager Media Manager
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Townsquare Media
Highest Paying City
Fort Lee, NJ
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Digital Editor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Digital Editor in the United States is $62,698 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $98,000.

Real Digital Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Digital Editor Foundation for National Progress San Francisco, CA Sep 17, 2015 $95,000
Senior Digital Editor Foundation for National Progress New York, NY Sep 17, 2015 $95,000
Digital Resources Editor Matthias Media Ministries Deerfield, IL Oct 01, 2014 $83,167
SR. Multi-Lingual Digital Media Editor CBGI, LLC Fort Lee, NJ Jan 06, 2011 $81,432
Digital Resources Editor Matthias Media Ministries Deerfield, IL Aug 01, 2014 $74,125
Digital Resources Editor Matthias Media Ministries Deerfield, IL Aug 01, 2014 $69,393
Digital Editor WP Company, LLC Washington, DC Nov 02, 2012 $68,723 -
$75,000
SR. Multi Lingual Digital Media Editor CBGI, LLC Fort Lee, NJ Sep 30, 2011 $59,405 -
$60,000
Managing Digital Editor United Press International, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 01, 2014 $57,242 -
$62,500
Managing Digital Editor United Press International, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 09, 2014 $57,242 -
$62,500
Digitial Editor/Producer, Latam Zuffa, LLC Las Vegas, NV Dec 19, 2016 $52,500 -
$72,500

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Top Skills for A Digital Editor

  1. Web Content
  2. Content Online
  3. Adobe Photoshop
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Edited narrative shorts and features, music videos, web content, and documentaries.
  • Produced SEO-based FamilyFun content online, focusing in particular on mobile readers, resulting in 50%+ growth year-over-year.
  • Utilize Adobe Photoshop and Kodak software to color correct and edit digital portraits.
  • Developed and maintained training documentation for the video production team which resulted in the quick training of new hires.
  • Created monthly editorial calendars and the first Alleyoop style guide.

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Top 10 Best States for Digital Editors

  1. District of Columbia
  2. New York
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Connecticut
  5. Rhode Island
  6. New Jersey
  7. Virginia
  8. California
  9. Alabama
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Digital Editor Demographics

Gender

Male

48.3%

Female

40.9%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

10.3%

Chinese

6.9%

German

6.9%

Mandarin

6.9%

Korean

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Portuguese

1.7%

Irish

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Afrikaans

1.7%
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Digital Editor Education

Schools

New York University

14.0%

Syracuse University

9.1%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.6%

Columbia College Chicago

5.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.6%

Northwestern University

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Full Sail University

4.9%

Emerson College

4.9%

Brigham Young University

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

Ithaca College

3.5%

University of Kansas

3.5%

Temple University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Columbia University

3.5%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.5%

Boston University

3.5%

American University

3.5%
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Majors

Journalism

23.5%

Communication

14.5%

Photography

11.2%

English

10.1%

Graphic Design

4.7%

Fine Arts

3.9%

Computer Science

3.5%

Writing

3.0%

Public Relations

2.8%

Agricultural Public Services

2.6%

Business

2.6%

Political Science

2.6%

Publishing

2.4%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Digital Media

2.0%

Education

1.7%

History

1.7%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.3%

Entertainment Business

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.6%

Masters

18.5%

Other

12.7%

Associate

4.0%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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