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Working As An Online 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 An Online 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 An Online 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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Online Editor Career Paths

Online Editor
Editor Owner Marketing Director
Brand Director
10 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Editor Public Relations Manager Manager Of Corporate Communications
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Technical Writer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Managing Editor Communications Manager
Internal Communications Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Senior Editor Communications Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Public Relations Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Senior Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Owner Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Senior Technical Writer
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor, Freelance Technical Writer Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
News Editor Communications Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
News Editor Producer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
News Editor Communications Specialist Communications Consultant
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Content Editor Marketing Coordinator Digital Marketing Specialist
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Content Editor Content Writer Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Contributing Writer Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Contributing Writer Content Writer Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Publishing Editor 4.7 years
City Editor 4.1 years
Senior Editor 4.0 years
Executive Editor 3.5 years
Managing Editor 3.3 years
Staff Editor 2.9 years
Deputy Editor 2.9 years
Lead Editor 2.6 years
Editor In Chief 2.6 years
Editor 2.6 years
Associate Editor 2.5 years
Digital Editor 2.2 years
Web Editor 2.0 years
Assistant Editor 2.0 years
Online Editor 2.0 years
Multimedia Editor 1.9 years
Content Editor 1.9 years
Junior Editor 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Online Editor
Editor 16.9%
Internship 11.8%
Reporter 7.7%
Writer 2.7%
Volunteer 2.6%
Teacher 2.2%
Top Careers After Online Editor
Editor 21.7%
Internship 7.5%
Reporter 5.7%
Writer 2.7%
Web Editor 2.4%

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Online Editor Demographics

Gender

Male

45.8%

Female

45.3%

Unknown

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.9%

French

12.5%

German

8.0%

Japanese

6.8%

Portuguese

5.7%

Mandarin

5.7%

Korean

3.4%

Chinese

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.3%

Hindi

2.3%

Tagalog

2.3%

Urdu

2.3%

Czech

1.1%

Deseret

1.1%

Russian

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Italian

1.1%
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Online Editor Education

Schools

New York University

15.2%

Florida State University

6.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

6.2%

University of Houston

5.7%

Northwestern University

5.2%

San Francisco State University

5.2%

Columbia University

4.7%

Syracuse University

4.3%

University of California - Berkeley

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Georgetown University

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.3%

University of Arizona

4.3%

Fordham University

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

Southern Methodist University

3.8%

George Washington University

3.3%

Auburn University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%
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Majors

Journalism

27.5%

Communication

15.8%

English

14.0%

Photography

7.1%

Writing

5.3%

Agricultural Public Services

3.6%

Political Science

3.1%

Business

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.5%

History

2.4%

Marketing

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Digital Media

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Public Relations

1.7%

Computer Science

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Area Studies

1.4%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.4%

Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

59.1%

Masters

20.0%

Other

12.9%

Associate

3.1%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.7%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does an Online Editor make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Online Editor in the United States is $67,151 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 $116,000.

Real Online Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Online Editor Nasty Gal Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 08, 2014 $110,000
Online Editor Technology Review Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 14, 2011 $79,560
Online Editor The Center for Public Integrity Washington, DC Dec 02, 2016 $70,000
Online Editor The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. New York, NY Oct 18, 2010 $60,314
Online Editor Center for Public Integrity Washington, DC Mar 03, 2014 $55,000
Associate Online Editor Univision Interactive Media, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2015 $54,500
Senior Online Editor 33 Universal Inc. New York, NY Sep 16, 2014 $51,600 -
$84,000
Online Syndication Editor Entrepreneur Media Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 07, 2011 $42,436
Online Editor World Triathlon Corporation Solana Beach, CA Oct 01, 2013 $42,436
Online Syndacation Editor Entrepreneur Media Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 07, 2011 $42,436
Online Editor Pricetrace LLC Plano, TX Sep 08, 2014 $42,000
Online Editor Alert Global Media Inc. Miami, FL Aug 26, 2008 $39,131
Online Editor Tunnel Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 01, 2011 $38,610

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Top Skills for An Online Editor

  1. Web Application
  2. Video Production
  3. News Stories
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  • Converted .NET web applications to Sharepoint InfoPath forms streamlining operations.
  • Create broadcast quality video and audio programs using current video production techniques, equipment and technology.
  • Initiated and developed special sections online that worked in conjunction with news stories and events.
  • Managed daily content for Monitor's Facebook page, including story lineup and responses to reader comments.
  • Edit content for online source of environmental news about Miami University and the surrounding communities.

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