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Become An Editor & Producer

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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

  • $74,130

    Average Salary

What Does An Editor & Producer Do

A Production Editor is responsible for the process of launching a publication. They format, edit, and proofread book manuscripts.

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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Real Editor & Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Film Editor and Producer M.Y.R.A. Entertainment LLC New York, NY Sep 25, 2014 $84,941
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
Film Editor and Producer M.Y.R.A. Entertainment LLC New York, NY Sep 25, 2011 $59,605
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
Content Editor and Producer Prodigy Network Miami, LLC New York, NY Sep 22, 2016 $55,000
Digitial Editor/Producer, Latam Zuffa, LLC Las Vegas, NV Dec 19, 2016 $52,500 -
$72,500
Opinions Editor-Producer Washington Post Newsweek Interactive Washington, DC Nov 02, 2009 $50,000 -
$57,000
Opinions Editor-Producer WP Company LLC Washington, DC Apr 12, 2010 $50,000 -
$57,000
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
Web Editor/Producer American Board for Certification of Teacher Excell Washington, DC Sep 01, 2009 $44,054 -
$57,885

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Top Skills for An Editor & Producer

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Top Editor & Producer Skills

  1. Educational Videos
  2. Company Website
  3. Audio
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Produced PSA's, commercials, documentaries, educational videos, and shorts.
  • Create and curate content for company website.
  • Acted as both offline and online editor / audio mixer through output and delivery of each episode.
  • Produce finished shows using Final Cut Pro across variety of show layouts
  • Filmed and edited an online video for internationally acclaimed artist, Malcolm Farley.

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