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Working As An Editor & Producer

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $59,204

    Average Salary

What Does An Editor & Producer 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 An Editor & Producer

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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Editor & Producer Career Paths

Editor & Producer
Producer Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Editor/Director Producer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Producer Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Graphic Design Consultant Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Writer And Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Production Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Communications Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Production Director Freelance Producer
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Producer Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing And Communication Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Specialist Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor/Director Writer/Producer Video Editor
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Director President And Founder Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Coordinator Communications Coordinator
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Production Manager Marketing Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor, Freelance Senior Editor Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Editor & Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.5%

Female

24.9%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

18.4%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.0%

French

10.7%

German

6.7%

Portuguese

6.0%

Italian

4.7%

Japanese

3.3%

Arabic

2.0%

Russian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Swahili

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Somali

0.7%

Mandarin

0.7%

Bosnian

0.7%

Malay

0.7%

Catalan

0.7%

Armenian

0.7%

Thai

0.7%

Afrikaans

0.7%
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Editor & Producer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

10.4%

New York University

8.3%

Columbia College Chicago

8.1%

Syracuse University

6.5%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.7%

Ithaca College

4.9%

Academy of Art University

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.9%

Emerson College

4.4%

Florida State University

4.4%

Georgia State University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Temple University

3.9%

San Francisco State University

3.9%

American University

3.9%

Ohio University -

3.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.6%

Boston University

3.4%

Towson University

3.4%

University of Miami

3.4%
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Majors

Photography

28.1%

Communication

22.0%

Journalism

10.1%

Digital Media

7.5%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.8%

Business

3.1%

Entertainment Business

2.9%

Fine Arts

2.9%

Computer Networking

2.6%

English

2.5%

Music

2.1%

Graphic Design

1.9%

Writing

1.7%

Public Relations

1.6%

Theatre

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Marketing

1.1%

Agricultural Public Services

1.0%

Liberal Arts

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

62.0%

Masters

14.4%

Other

14.1%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

2.6%

Doctorate

0.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Editor & Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Producer/Editor Jamestown Associates, LLC Princeton, NJ Mar 15, 2012 $84,000
Producer/Editor Blue State Digital Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2013 $82,000
Localization Producer/Editor (Korea) Trion Worlds, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 25, 2013 $71,552 -
$96,876
Reporter/Producer/Editor Sportie La Los Angeles, CA Oct 13, 2014 $62,610
Editor/Producer Cable News Network, Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 18, 2010 $59,400 -
$82,400
Editor, Publisher and Producer La VOZ de Venezuela LLC Miami, FL May 01, 2010 $59,000
Editor, Publisher and Producer International Professional Research and Educationa Miami, FL Aug 16, 2010 $59,000
Editor, Publisher and Producer International Professional Research and Educationa Miami, FL Aug 30, 2010 $59,000
Media Editor/Producer Global Communication Group Inc. Rosemead, CA Sep 10, 2010 $56,579
Producer and/or Editor Spygirl Productions, LLC Seattle, WA Nov 01, 2009 $52,175 -
$43
Producer/Editor Digitrove, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2009 $49,379 -
$52,000
Editor/Producer Intercom Ventures, LLC Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2015 $48,000
Editor/Producer Intercom Ventures, LLC Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $48,000

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Top Skills for An Editor & Producer

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  3. Audio
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  • Produced music videos and other original content.
  • Provided audio and video support services to international operations for marketing and internal communications.
  • Demonstrated familiarity and expertise through extensive use of Final Cut Pro Studio
  • Launched independent video production company that develops video strategies for local and national companies.
  • Conceived and produced app previews and online commercials for Disney Interactive Studios and MobilityWare.

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