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Working As A Managing Editor

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

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Managing Editor 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 A Managing Editor

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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Managing Editor Career Paths

Managing Editor
Project Manager Owner Marketing Director
Brand Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Communications Director Director Of Communications And Marketing
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Principal Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Product Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Owner Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Specialist Digital Marketing Specialist
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Author Technical Writer Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Consultant Communications Consultant
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Consultant Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Consultant Public Relations Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Managing Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

49.8%

Male

42.7%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

French

17.6%

German

8.1%

Chinese

4.6%

Italian

4.2%

Mandarin

3.9%

Russian

3.5%

Portuguese

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Japanese

2.5%

Hebrew

1.8%

Korean

1.7%

Greek

1.1%

Turkish

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Persian

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Swedish

0.4%

Danish

0.4%

Croatian

0.4%
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Managing Editor Education

Schools

New York University

12.0%

University of Missouri - Columbia

6.8%

Northwestern University

6.6%

Temple University

6.1%

Columbia University

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

Syracuse University

4.9%

American University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.4%

San Francisco State University

4.3%

University of Florida

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

Emerson College

4.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

Boston University

3.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.5%

University of Oregon

3.5%
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Majors

Journalism

25.2%

English

19.1%

Communication

13.6%

Writing

7.1%

Business

4.2%

Political Science

3.8%

History

3.3%

Agricultural Public Services

2.7%

Marketing

2.5%

Law

2.5%

Public Relations

2.4%

Fine Arts

2.3%

Psychology

1.8%

Photography

1.5%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.5%

Graphic Design

1.5%

Education

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%

Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.7%

Masters

22.9%

Other

11.5%

Doctorate

4.1%

Certificate

2.4%

Associate

1.9%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Managing Editor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Managing Editor in the United States is $67,517 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

Real Managing Editor Salaries

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 -
$127,500
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-Latin America Redd Latin America, LLC New York, NY Jan 10, 2015 $105,830
Managing Editor The Korea Central Daily News, Inc. NY Dec 11, 2015 $105,830
Managing Editor Red Hill Publishing LLC Palo Alto, CA Oct 15, 2014 $100,176 -
$114,785
Associate Managing Editor/Webmaster Telvent DTN, Inc. Omaha, NE Jul 05, 2011 $93,176
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 Saavn, LLC New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $85,000
Managing Editor Saavn, LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $85,000
Managing Editor Journals American Chemical Society Washington, DC Feb 22, 2011 $85,000
Managing Editor Eqderivatives, Inc. New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $85,000
Managing Editor Saavn, LLC New York, NY Apr 02, 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. Thousand Oaks, CA Jul 13, 2015 $65,000
Managing Editor Sage Publications, Inc. Woburn, MA Sep 22, 2014 $65,000
Managing Editor Vista Higher Learning, Inc. Boston, MA Apr 09, 2011 $64,875 -
$95,000
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 -
$84,000

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Top Skills for A Managing Editor

  1. Editorial Staff
  2. Web Application
  3. Student Newspaper
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  • Managed editorial staff and improved operations of department; boosted staff morale and productivity.
  • Served as second-in-command under the editor-in-chief for the North Carolina State University daily student newspaper.
  • Conduct research to identify appropriate supporting evidence for marketing and scientific presentations using PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov, among other online resources.
  • Work with publisher and AJCC leadership to create and approve cover art, content layout, and list price.
  • Recruited and supervised a four-person editorial team, and numerous freelance writers, illustrators and photographers.

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