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Working As A News 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

  • $64,245

    Average Salary

What Does A News 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 News 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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News Editor Career Paths

News Editor
Managing Editor Project Manager Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Journalist Producer Creative Director
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Journalist Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Marketing Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Correspondent Managing Editor Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Creative Director Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Correspondent Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editorial Assistant Account Executive Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Marketing Manager Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Editorial Assistant Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Executive Producer News Director
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Communications Director
Vice President Of Communication
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Copy Editor Chief 4.9 years
Publishing Editor 4.7 years
Sports Copy Editor 4.3 years
News Copy Editor 4.2 years
City Editor 3.9 years
Senior Editor 3.9 years
Business Editor 3.5 years
Executive Editor 3.4 years
Editor/Copy Writer 3.3 years
Publication Editor 3.3 years
Managing Editor 3.3 years
Sports Editor 3.1 years
Writer And Editor 3.1 years
Assignment Editor 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 3.0 years
News Editor 3.0 years
Desk Editor 3.0 years
Copy Editor 2.9 years
Deputy Editor 2.9 years
Newsletter Editor 2.7 years
Reporter 2.6 years
Features Editor 2.6 years
Editor 2.6 years
News Assistant 2.5 years
Associate Editor 2.5 years
Newspaper Editor 2.5 years
Staff Editor 2.5 years
Magazine Editor 2.4 years
Design Editor 2.4 years
Lead Editor 2.4 years
News Reporter 2.4 years
Digital Editor 2.1 years
Web Editor 2.0 years
Assistant Editor 2.0 years
Online Editor 2.0 years
Content Editor 2.0 years
Web Content Editor 1.9 years
Multimedia Editor 1.8 years
Art Editor 1.8 years
News Writer 1.7 years
Co-Editor 1.5 years
Opinion Editor 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Editor 13.7%
Reporter 13.7%
Internship 12.9%
Volunteer 1.9%
Writer 1.9%
Top Employers After
Editor 19.7%
Internship 9.0%
Reporter 8.4%
Writer 2.1%

News Editor Demographics

Gender

Male

51.5%

Female

46.6%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

79.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.9%

French

15.4%

Mandarin

5.0%

German

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%

Russian

4.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

Italian

3.2%

Chinese

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Cantonese

2.2%

Hebrew

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Korean

1.1%

Swedish

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Catalan

0.7%

Czech

0.7%

Slovak

0.7%
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News Editor Education

Schools

University of Missouri - Columbia

8.1%

Syracuse University

6.8%

University of Florida

6.5%

New York University

6.1%

University of Kansas

5.8%

Columbia University

5.2%

Northwestern University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

University of Oregon

4.8%

Iowa State University

4.8%

Auburn University

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

University of North Texas

4.2%

University of Iowa

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

Ohio University -

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%
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Majors

Journalism

30.6%

Communication

19.0%

English

13.2%

Political Science

5.6%

Agricultural Public Services

3.6%

History

3.3%

Business

3.2%

Writing

3.2%

Public Relations

3.1%

Photography

2.7%

Journalism And Mass Communications

2.0%

Psychology

1.7%

Digital Media

1.5%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.2%

Graphic Design

1.2%

Marketing

1.1%

Law

1.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.0%

Fine Arts

0.9%

Entertainment Business

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.9%

Masters

16.2%

Other

13.0%

Certificate

2.2%

Associate

2.1%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real News Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
News Editor Dow Jones & Company, Inc. New York, NY Oct 09, 2013 $187,680
News Editor Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Sep 17, 2012 $172,750
Senior News Editor Bloomberg, LP San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2014 $118,000
Editor-Chinese Language News Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Apr 13, 2015 $110,000
Senior News Editor Linkedin Corporation New York, NY Sep 09, 2016 $104,707 -
$191,100
News Editor, Srari.Org Simons Foundation New York, NY Sep 08, 2014 $100,000
News Editor, Sfari.Org Simons Foundation New York, NY Jul 07, 2016 $100,000
News Editor Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $96,000
News Editor Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $96,000
Editor, Chinese Language News Bloomberg L.P. New York, NY Oct 11, 2016 $95,000 -
$115,000
News Editor NYP Holdings, Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2014 $87,000
Senior News Editor Linkedin Corporation New York, NY Sep 19, 2015 $85,400 -
$142,500
Chinese News Editor Bloomberg L.P. New York, NY Sep 09, 2016 $84,500 -
$95,000
News Editor Backchina LLC Pearland, TX Feb 12, 2016 $53,955
Persian/English Bilingual News and Event Editor Kodoom LLC Newark, DE Sep 01, 2013 $52,175
News Editor Backchina LLC Pearland, TX Feb 22, 2016 $50,794
News Editor Backchina LLC Pearland, TX May 16, 2016 $50,794
Editor, Education News Zaman Ltd. New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $48,000
Editor, Education News Zaman Ltd. Henrietta, NY Mar 09, 2010 $48,000
Business News Editor Kim & K Corporation Fairfax, VA Jun 30, 2013 $46,665
News Editor Backchina LLC Pearland, TX Jul 09, 2016 $40,300
Business News Editor Joong-Ang Daily News Atlanta, Inc. Duluth, GA Nov 13, 2013 $40,269
News Editor BDG Media, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2014 $40,000
News Editor India Abroad Publication Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $39,811 -
$60,112
News Editor India Abroad Publications Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $39,811 -
$60,112
News Editor RYOT Corp. Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2016 $39,600
News Editor E.D.I. Media, Inc. West Covina, CA Sep 08, 2015 $38,589

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Top News Editor Skills

  1. Daily Paper
  2. Web Content
  3. News Stories
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Edited content for production of daily paper, developing stories and multimedia packages with reporters and their editors.
  • Coordinated with editorial team and supervised refreshing web content.
  • Edited 15 news stories per week during the spring semester and 10 per week during the summer semester.
  • Designed page layout for the news and features sections on a weekly basis.
  • Coordinated news coverage with editors throughout the Cox chain.

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