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Working As An Editorial Coordinator

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

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $56,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Editorial Coordinator 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 Editorial Coordinator

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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Editorial Coordinator Career Paths

Editorial Coordinator
Editor Technical Writer Project Manager
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Consultant Marketing Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Owner Marketing Director
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Managing Editor
Senior Editor
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Consultant Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Consultant Owner
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Project Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager Communications Manager
Community Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager Social Media Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Technical Writer Marketing Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Communications Specialist Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Senior Copywriter Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Specialist Owner Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Specialist Communications Consultant Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Specialist Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer Author Editor In Chief
Editorial Director
8 Yearsyrs
Writer Producer Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Writer Senior Technical Writer Web Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$56,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Turner Broadcasting Sales, Inc.
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does an Editorial Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Editorial Coordinator in the United States is $56,382 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $99,000.

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Top Skills for An Editorial Coordinator

  1. Editorial Calendar
  2. Company Website
  3. Editorial Staff
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  • Worked with Editor-in-Chief to maintain editorial calendar for the association s national medical journal.
  • Created, reviewed, structured and sourced content for the company website.
  • Coordinate between interviewees and additional editorial staff.
  • Developed monthly newsletters and produced informational web content for over 30 websites by using extensive Search Engine Optimization techniques.
  • Produce blog posts, press releases and event write-ups with information retrieved from members of the community.

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Top 10 Best States for Editorial Coordinators

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Alaska
  3. Connecticut
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Nevada
  6. Virginia
  7. Washington
  8. Massachusetts
  9. New York
  10. New Jersey
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Editorial Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

62.7%

Male

27.2%

Unknown

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.6%

French

14.0%

Portuguese

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

German

3.5%

Italian

3.5%

Chinese

1.8%

Catalan

1.8%

Czech

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Korean

1.8%
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Editorial Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Washington

8.8%

Emerson College

6.9%

New York University

6.9%

Georgetown University

6.9%

University of Arizona

6.9%

Northwestern University

6.9%

George Washington University

5.9%

University of Georgia

4.9%

University of Iowa

3.9%

James Madison University

3.9%

Loyola University of Chicago

3.9%

Howard University

3.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

Rowan University

3.9%

University of Chicago

3.9%

George Mason University

3.9%

University of Illinois University Administration

3.9%

University of Northern Colorado

2.9%
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Majors

English

24.3%

Journalism

13.2%

Communication

12.7%

Writing

6.6%

Business

6.1%

Public Relations

4.5%

Psychology

3.7%

Marketing

3.7%

History

2.9%

Publishing

2.9%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Photography

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Education

1.8%

Sociology

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.6%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.6%

Law

1.6%

Linguistics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.8%

Masters

28.0%

Other

11.4%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.9%

Associate

2.1%

License

0.4%

Diploma

0.4%
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