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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

  • $56,331

    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
Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Correspondent Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Journalist Producer Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Consultant Communications Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Program Manager Deputy Director
Director Of Public Affairs
8 Yearsyrs
Editor Communications Manager Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Producer Freelance Producer
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Public Relations Consultant Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Coordinator Media Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Marketing Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
News Director Morning Show Host Reporter
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
City Editor Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Correspondent Writer And Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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News Editor Demographics

Gender

Male

51.6%

Female

46.5%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.6%

French

14.6%

German

5.5%

Mandarin

5.1%

Russian

5.1%

Arabic

4.7%

Italian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.3%

Cantonese

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Polish

1.8%

Korean

1.5%

Hebrew

1.1%

Swedish

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Catalan

0.7%

Czech

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

6.1%

Northwestern University

5.2%

Columbia University

5.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Iowa State University

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.5%

University of Oregon

4.5%

Ohio University -

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

University of Iowa

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%
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Majors

Journalism

30.5%

Communication

18.9%

English

13.4%

Political Science

5.8%

Agricultural Public Services

3.5%

History

3.4%

Writing

3.1%

Public Relations

3.0%

Business

2.9%

Photography

2.9%

Journalism And Mass Communications

2.1%

Psychology

1.6%

Digital Media

1.3%

Graphic Design

1.3%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.2%

Marketing

1.1%

Fine Arts

1.1%

Management

1.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.0%

Law

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.8%

Masters

16.2%

Other

13.1%

Associate

2.4%

Certificate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.6%

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
Senior Newswire Editor USA Entertainment News Inc. New York, NY Apr 09, 2014 $51,440
News Editor Backchina LLC Pearland, TX May 16, 2016 $50,794
News Editor Backchina LLC Pearland, TX Feb 22, 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
Poltical News Editor Weekly Business News Corp. New York, NY May 28, 2010 $41,490
News Editor/Analyst JIJI Press America, Ltd. New York, NY Feb 01, 2014 $40,488
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

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Top Skills for A News Editor

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  1. News Stories
  2. Daily Paper
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  • Led a team of six and edited foreign news stories submitted from bureaus/reporters on assignment in Middle East and Europe.
  • Edited content for production of daily paper, developing stories and multimedia packages with reporters and their editors.
  • Managed Website content and contribution to social media
  • Rejoined newspaper in new position to direct staff, drive coverage, and generate and edit content.
  • Worked to redesign the layout (print and online) and focus of The Cornell Progressive as to increase circulation and influence

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