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Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.Duties
Editors typically do the following:
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.
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 Latino9.4%
Black or African American0.6%
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New York University10.0%
University of Missouri - Columbia5.7%
Columbia College Chicago5.5%
University of Iowa5.2%
University of Texas at Austin5.2%
Full Sail University4.8%
San Francisco State University4.6%
Florida State University4.6%
Michigan State University4.3%
Arizona State University4.1%
University of Florida4.0%
Pennsylvania State University3.9%
University of California - Berkeley3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Editor||Rodale Inc.||Emmaus, PA||Sep 23, 2016||$200,000|
|International Editor||Fusion Media Network, LLC||Miami, FL||Dec 22, 2015||$150,000|
|Editor||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2015||$145,000|
|Filing Editor||Reuters America LLC||Washington, DC||Jul 09, 2015||$133,900|
|Product Editor||Square, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 10, 2015||$126,500|
|Product Editor||Square, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$126,500|
|Editor||Dow Jones and Company||South Brunswick, NJ||Jul 01, 2015||$120,000|
|Editor||Dow Jones and Company||New York, NY||Jul 31, 2015||$120,000|
|Editor||Motorsport.Com, Inc.||Miami, FL||Sep 10, 2015||$120,000|
|Editor-In||Churchill Downs Incorporated||Atlanta, GA||Oct 01, 2015||$120,000|
|Marcom Editor||Apple Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Oct 09, 2016||$110,000 -
|Reports Editor||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jan 20, 2015||$110,000|
|Editor||Bloomberg, LP||San Francisco, CA||Jul 15, 2016||$110,000|
|Editor||Endgame 360, Inc.||Islandia, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$105,000|
|Editor||Cuny TV, Cuny||New York, NY||Feb 06, 2016||$60,565|
|Copywriter & Editor||Contentink LLC||New York, NY||Jan 11, 2015||$60,000|
|Literary Editor||United Talent Agency||Beverly Hills, CA||Mar 09, 2016||$60,000|
|Editor||Motorsport.Com, Inc.||Miami, FL||Sep 10, 2015||$60,000|
|Editor||OUUR LLC||Portland, OR||Feb 17, 2016||$60,000|
|Editor||Funkhaus LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 01, 2015||$60,000|
|Editor||Passport Brand Design LLC||Newport Beach, CA||Feb 20, 2016||$60,000|
|Editor-American Politics||Suncloud Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 13, 2016||$44,578|
|Research Editor||Duo Creative Communications Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 13, 2016||$44,400|
|Editor||C. 2K Entertainment, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 12, 2015||$44,304|
|Editor||Fishbowl LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$44,304|
|Accounting Editor||Gleim Publications, Inc.||Gainesville, FL||Sep 01, 2015||$43,827|
|Editor||TF Media Group Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 21, 2016||$43,827|
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