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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 Latino7.9%
Black or African American0.6%
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New York University9.9%
University of Missouri - Columbia7.5%
San Francisco State University4.8%
Pennsylvania State University4.8%
University of Texas at Austin4.8%
University of Alabama4.3%
George Washington University4.3%
University of Oregon4.3%
University of Southern California4.2%
University of Florida4.1%
University of Kansas4.1%
Michigan State University3.9%
University of Iowa3.9%
University of Maryland - College Park3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Deputy Managing Editor||Dow Jones and Company||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$208,080|
|Spanish Managing Editor||APR Consulting, Inc.||Washington, DC||May 01, 2013||$158,612|
|Managing Editor||Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 16, 2013||$140,000|
|Managing Editor, North America||MLEX Us, Inc.||Washington, DC||Oct 01, 2011||$130,000|
|Managing Editor||The Financial Times Ltd||New York, NY||Dec 14, 2015||$127,500|
|Managing Editor||Ft Publications, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 12, 2015||$121,000 -
|Director & Managing Editor of Digital Communicatio||University of California, Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||Nov 01, 2011||$120,000|
|Managing Editor||Lawdragon||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2014||$120,000|
|Managing Editor||Topix LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 23, 2016||$115,000|
|Managing Editor||The Korea Central Daily News, Inc.||NY||Dec 11, 2015||$105,830|
|Managing Editor-Latin America||Redd Latin America, LLC||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2015||$105,830|
|Managing Editor||Red Hill Publishing LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 15, 2014||$100,176 -
|Associate Managing Editor/Webmaster||Telvent DTN, Inc.||Omaha, NE||Jul 05, 2011||$93,176|
|Managing Editor/Digital||The Boston Globe||Boston, MA||Aug 31, 2014||$88,504 -
|Managing Editor||Red Hill Publishing LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$88,051|
|Managing Editor, Journals||American Chemical Society||Washington, DC||Feb 17, 2014||$88,000|
|Managing Editor||ATP Tour, Incorporated||FL||Mar 30, 2016||$86,911|
|Managing Editor, ACS Synthetic Biology||American Chemical Society||Washington, DC||Jan 12, 2012||$85,000|
|Managing Editor Journals||American Chemical Society||Washington, DC||Feb 22, 2011||$85,000|
|Managing Editor||Saavn, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$85,000|
|Managing Editor||Eqderivatives, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 07, 2016||$85,000|
|Managing Editor||UMI, Inc. Doing Business As Beauty Times||Saint Louis, MO||Jun 21, 2011||$66,664|
|Managing Media Editor||Cengage Learning, Inc.||Mason, OH||Sep 14, 2013||$65,850|
|Managing Editor||Sage Publications, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Sep 22, 2014||$65,000|
|Managing Editor||Sage Publications, Inc.||Thousand Oaks, CA||Jul 13, 2015||$65,000|
|Managing Editor||Vista Higher Learning, Inc.||Boston, MA||Apr 09, 2011||$64,875 -
|Managing Editor||The Week Publications, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 12, 2016||$63,419|
|Managing Editor||161 Hudson CAFE LLC||Red Bank, NJ||Feb 03, 2016||$62,658|
|Managing Editor for Online Property||33 Universal Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 16, 2014||$61,800 -
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