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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.
|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 -
|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 -
|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 -
|Chinese News Editor||Bloomberg L.P.||New York, NY||Sep 09, 2016||$84,500 -
|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 Publication Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$39,811 -
|News Editor||India Abroad Publications Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$39,811 -
|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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