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Become A News Editor

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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

A News Editor reviews and changes the content of a publication provided by writers and other contributors. They generally work for newspapers, magazines, and websites.

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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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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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, 2012 $96,000
News Editor Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $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
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
Global News Editor Zaman Ltd New York, NY May 20, 2010 $45,324
News Editor BDG Media, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2014 $40,000
Video and News Editor Ya Zhou Wen Hua Enterprises Ltd. Chicago, IL Dec 15, 2015 $40,000
Video and News Editor Ya Zhou Wen Hua Enterprises Limited (N.Y.) Chicago, IL Dec 10, 2016 $39,998
News Editor India Abroad Publications Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $39,811 -
$60,112
News Editor India Abroad Publication 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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