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Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for an opinion editor. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of opinion editor resumes they appeared on. For example, 17.1% of opinion editor resumes contained opinion pieces as a skill. Let's find out what skills an opinion editor actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Opinion Editor resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Opinion Pieces

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Here's how Opinion Pieces is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Managed staff writers and coached them in the style of writing opinion pieces.
  • Organized student writers who submitted weekly articles and opinion pieces.
  • Edited news stories and opinion pieces.
  • Edited staff reporters and editors' opinion pieces.
  • Copy editing Proofreading Fact-checking Headline writing Posting to Associated Press newswire BridgeNews opinion pieces appeared in hundreds of newspapers nationwide.
  • Contributed multiple news and opinion pieces weekly while working in a fast-paced and detail-oriented environment.

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2. Indesign

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Here's how Indesign is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Pitched story ideas, wrote opinion articles, edited articles and created layouts using Adobe InDesign
  • Assigned stories, copy edited drafts, and arranged completed work in Adobe InDesign.
  • Managed staff writers and photographers, delegated tasks, lay-out in Adobe InDesign.
  • Developed and edited pages using Microsoft word, and Adobe InDesign.
  • Worked with Adobe InDesign to lay out and design pages.
  • Design a weekly opinions page layout using Adobe InDesign.
  • Designed newspaper pages using Adobe InDesign,
  • Designed the Opinion page using Adobe InDesign
  • Designed page layouts on InDesign.
  • Developed strong InDesign computer skills5.
  • Used Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop to create layouts and design the Index's Opinions and Editorials pages.
  • Used Adobe InDesign software to produce newspaper pages every week Recruited students and faculty on campus to write columns
  • Researched and wrote features, editorials, and news articles Designed page layout bi-weekly for opinion desk using InDesign
  • Utilized InDesign and Photoshop simultaneously in order to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing page layout.
  • Solicit and edit op-eds, as well as place content in InDesign and Wordpress.
  • Edit staff stories for daily newspaper Layout pages in InDesign
  • Arranged all content using Adobe InDesign.
  • Attended weekly budget meetings.Assisted Opinion Section Editor in design of page layouts in InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Write weekly column and compile Opinion section using InDesign software Edit photos through the Photoshop program

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3. Layout

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Here's how Layout is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Develop news pitches with Opinion Editor Read and Edit students' articles Assist Editor with newspaper layout Promote articles through social media
  • Managed a staff of 20 columnists and cartoonists to edit, layout and produce editorial content for print and digital platforms.
  • Edited each story placed in the opinion section for grammar, spelling, and content before designing page layout.
  • Designed the layout for the section, including letters to the editor, comic strips, and images.
  • Created publication and editorial schedules for section; posted Opinions content online and did basic page layout.
  • Create an entertaining and applicable opinion column, as well as organize the layout of the page.
  • Focused on design and layout aspects of newspaper and kept the design eye-catching for busy college students.
  • Composed and edited articles, conducted editor and staff meetings, designed layout and distributed newspapers.
  • Assigned editorial content to reporters* Designed section layout in print publication* Edited content for website and print
  • Design page layout, manage and run editorial board meetings of a staff of 6 people.
  • Have gained experience with the Exponent's layout and expectations for quality of print paper.
  • Designed the layout of the editorial page for the print edition of the paper.
  • Aided in developing an updated layout and new daily content for the opinions section.
  • Created and edited text for layout as well as design and proof the layouts.
  • Designed layout, photographed relevant content, and edited articles for opinion section.
  • Edited, designed, and formatted the layout of the Opinions section.
  • Constructed layout for Opinion section, for the paper's weekly issue.
  • Utilized Adobe In Design CS 5 to conduct layout of paper.
  • Write, edit, and layout opinion page articles and columns.
  • Conducted interviews, wrote columns, and coordinated pages for layout.

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4. Freelance Writers

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Here's how Freelance Writers is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Created contests, promotions and special advertising supplements to drive community engagement and revenue * Hired and managed relationships with freelance writers
  • Directed reporters, another editor, two photographers and several freelance writers in producing local coverage for a 365-day-a-year newspaper.
  • Established strategic partnerships, increasing visibility and revenues * Defined and controlled editorial budget and managed staff of freelance writers.
  • Provided support functions, such as photography and video editing Managed freelance writers, including negotiating corresponding salaries.
  • Mentored/trained editorial staff and freelance contributors to establish and maintain consistent brand voice and highest professional standards.
  • Managed several freelance writers for The Navigator while generating timely story ideas on deadline.

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5. News Stories

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Here's how News Stories is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Interviewed, reported and wrote news stories on topics ranging from public policy to university news.
  • Copy edited and wrote award winning editorials and news stories.
  • Write columns and editorials Interview sources Produce news stories and features
  • Coordinated coverage news events from crime stories to international crises, assigning pictures and designing graphics with overall responsibility for presentation.
  • Supervised media personnel during coverage of news events * Managed audio-visual requests and performed audio voice over assignments.
  • Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing news stories.

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6. Proofread

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Here's how Proofread is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Performed regular fact checking and research for each new article written and turned into me to be proofread.
  • Proofread articles under my section for grammatical and AP style errors that they were cleared for publication.
  • Assigned topics, proofread, edited, and wrote articles about local, community and world issues
  • Copy Editor - Proofread newspaper content from all sections.
  • Edited, designed and proofread daily Opinion pages.
  • Proofread, edited and rewrote articles.
  • Proofread and edit opinion articles.
  • Edited and proofread entire newspaper.
  • Work on a Wordpress platform to write, proofread, and publish new articles scheduled on deadlines.
  • Edit and proofread weekly editorials Conduct research and write insightful topics weekly Adhere to strict time constraints and deadlines

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7. SEO

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Here's how SEO is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Created style guide for Opinion section and blog (including tagging and SEO).
  • Utilize content management systems and SEO metadata to provide quality finished VOD products to both domestic and international customers.
  • Developed SEO strategies to increase profitability and managed social media to spread brand awareness and bolster readership.
  • Exceeded monthly traffic and engagement goals with dedicated coverage and SEO optimization.
  • Utilize keyword tools for SEO content optimization and advertising tools for revenue generation
  • Developed SEO and marketing programs for subscriber acquisition and generating traffic.

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8. Opinion Content

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Here's how Opinion Content is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Coordinated with fellow editors and reporters to ensure opinion content was gathered and ideas were original.
  • Edited Opinion content using InCopy and Google Drive.

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9. Current Events

high Demand
Here's how Current Events is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Maintained a stable of writers with a working knowledge of current events and trends, specifically in the media.
  • Relied on current events within the mainstream media and personal life experiences to bring important issues into awareness.
  • Helped brainstorm new ideas for upcoming issues by researching current events on or off campus.
  • Produced weekly articles on relevant current events of a minimum of 500 words.
  • Edited columns and editorials Wrote editorials and columns Researched current events
  • Report on relevant and current events in an insightful manner .

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10. Editor-In-Chief

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Here's how Editor-In-Chief is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Assisted the editor-in-chief in the final edit of the Spectrum.
  • Reviewed submitted manuscripts, brainstormed & implemented promotional strategies, tracked community involvement, and planned literary events with the editor-in-chief.
  • Performed as editor-in-chief for an international, English-language, bimonthly magazine on environment and development issues.
  • Promoted twice, from copy editor to associate publisher to editor-in-chief of national lifestyle magazine.
  • Aided the editor-in-chief in finalizing edits and layout for the magazine and restructuring office organization.
  • Worked closely with the editor-in-chief to make certain everything was properly coordinated for each edition.

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11. Photoshop

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Here's how Photoshop is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Edited photos using PhotoShop; edited and approved final copy
  • Used WordPress and PhotoShop to make 8 issues available online, and promoted online publication through social media platforms.
  • Budgeted, edited according to AP style, and designed A-section pages using QuarkXpress and PhotoShop.
  • Used basic PhotoShop knowledge to edit or create logos, photos and other necessary yearbook graphics.
  • Copied, edited and constructed obituaries for press, using PhotoShop and DTI.
  • Edited videos for the online product and gained multimedia experience with Sony Vegas and Adobe PhotoShop.

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12. Editorial Staff

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Here's how Editorial Staff is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Managed editorial staff and planned publications in accordance to style/editorial policies assuring all content met publishing requirements.
  • Organized material, determined emphasis and wrote articles/stories according to prescribed editorial style and format standards for three publications.
  • Managed and supervised editorial staff, developed good community relations and provided excellent customer service.
  • Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing news stories.
  • Collaborated with other editorial staff and managing editors during merger with another campus paper.
  • Carried over quality content following merger with competing publication, unifying editorial style and mission.

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13. Editorial Board Meetings

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Here's how Editorial Board Meetings is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Curated and conducted weekly editorial board meetings.

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14. Community Members

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Here's how Community Members is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Corresponded with community members who submitted or wished to submit Letters to the Editor.
  • Reported external news involving community members, national and international political, literary, and media personalities.
  • Sustain positive partnerships with community members, organizations and government officials.
  • Assigned and edited stories for the paper, which reaches more than 25,000 students, faculty and community members.
  • Interviewed school board members, administrators and Guilford community members.

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15. Edit Copy

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Here's how Edit Copy is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Write opinion-based articles Supervise and edit articles to publication
  • Compile and edit articles, checking for fairness; strong teamwork skills Adapted quickly to procedures and programs
  • Copy edit articles submitted by student writers
  • Edit copy for publication on health-focused websites
  • Edit articles written for the web, which are then posted on a website where content-seeking web publishers can purchase them.
  • Plan, assign and edit articles for print and digital media on a daily basis managing a staff of eight reporters.

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16. Staff Members

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Here's how Staff Members is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Interacted with Talon staff members and students to develop appropriate and engaging opinions section in The Talon.
  • Confer with editorial staff members regarding difficult passages of legislative documents to secure approval of legislation.
  • Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing stories.
  • Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement of retail/classified advertising.
  • Confer with senate and editorial staff members regarding development of resolution copy.
  • Developed information on staff members for evaluation and training purposes.

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17. Guest Columns

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Here's how Guest Columns is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Coordinated letters to the editor, staff columns and guest columns daily.

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18. Twitter

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Here's how Twitter is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Manage Twitter presence including writing and scheduling sponsored Tweets and interacting with the community by answering questions and offering encouragement.
  • Administrated Facebook and Twitter accounts, posting advertisements and campus events.
  • Maintain live Twitter social media coverage during entertainment events.
  • Manage magazine social media including Twitter and Facebook using HootSuite
  • Managed social-networking efforts including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Developed Facebook and Twitter components to social strategies.

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19. Facebook

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Here's how Facebook is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Co-managed the Spectrum Facebook page and increased page views through developing effective branding strategies.
  • Produce and host weekly videos for Pine Log YouTube channel and Facebook page.
  • Introduced social media strategies that generated a significant number of Facebook and Twitter followers.
  • Communicated information via Facebook, Twitter and blogging.
  • Answer questions about organization through Facebook messenger.
  • Utilized Facebook to promote events driving traffic to

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20. Column

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Here's how Column is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Created an easy-to-use column and letter to the editor submission page on the paper's website.
  • Manage the weekly column selections for a newspaper with a circulation of 5,000 print readers and 8,000 monthly webpage views.
  • organized and edited two-page section; recruited and coordinated with guest writers; wrote weekly editorial column.
  • Edited/designed a weekly paper Wrote a column biweekly.
  • Collaborated with fellow members of the Greyhound Editorial Board Managed 14 columnists and weekly deadlines Wrote weekly column Daniel P. Keenan,
  • Maintained my own opinions column "The War on Ignorance."
  • Started up a new column called "What We're Paying For."

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21. Strict Deadlines

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Here's how Strict Deadlines is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Implemented strict deadlines under high-stress environments.
  • Organized and communicated reporting and writing assignments to staff, in keeping with strict deadline.
  • Transcribed multiple stories each week while adhering to strict deadlines.
  • Worked in a team setting under strict deadlines and printing guidelines.
  • Worked in a busy environment, creating and editing content on a strict deadline.
  • Supervised multiple section editors and staff writers to meet strict deadlines.

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22. Topics

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Here's how Topics is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Edit and write for the editorial-opinion section - Assist with topics columnists are covering and manage staff of 20
  • Researched relevant and current topics for my writers to discuss and state their opinions on the matter.
  • Manage and advise on topics pitched by the writers to determine suitability for publication.
  • Assign topics and stories to individual writers for coverage, editing resulting pieces.
  • Worked with Media Editors to create and host the Sunbird Sound-off video series to interview students on campus about relevant topics.
  • Research trending topics and communicate with reporters to manage content for university newspaper's opinion section.

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23. Online

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Here's how Online is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Launched initiative to create online multimedia platform.
  • Created and executed plan to expand content with a new satire section as well as a new online initiative.
  • Managed content and contributors for English language online service, including op-ed sourcing and editing.
  • Prepared and edited over 400 written pieces for the printed paper and online resources.
  • Lead editorial writer and editor of daily opinion page; pioneered online video content.
  • Edited for print and online publication, enforcing deadlines and AP style rules.
  • Published 3 pieces per week to online news site using WordPress.
  • Led the Opinions section to become the most-read section online
  • Compiled and analyzed weekly viewership data online using Google Analytics.
  • Attended editorial and production meetings, collaborating with editors and writers to produce weekly print and online stories.
  • Organized all student opinion articles for printed and online editions of Asbury's collegiate newspaper.
  • Worked as part of the Asbury Collegian team to establish a broader online presence.
  • Expanded the Johnsonian's social media and online presence to attract new readers.

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24. New Writers

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Here's how New Writers is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Hired new writers, managed weekly meetings, solicited editorials from local leaders.
  • Coordinated experienced and new columnists and trained new writers.
  • Managed 20 writer relationships, edited contributors' pieces, reached out to potential new writers to contribute to the site.
  • Trained many new writers and editors in role as assistant editor.
  • Recruited for and instructed reporters through workshops in writing, investigative and interviewing skills, training 16 new writers.
  • Provided feedback and input to new writers on their stories.

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25. Student Writers

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Here's how Student Writers is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Manage student writers interested in opinions based writing.
  • Recruited, selected, trained and supervised able and committed student writers.
  • Hired and managed a staff of eight student writers who submitted one to two articles on a weekly basis.
  • Mentor student writers and edit content before website publication.
  • Managed a team of student writers by assigning stories, editing articles and providing writers with feedback.
  • Worked with student writers, many of whom had no formal training in writing, to organizeand refine articles.

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26. Writing Process

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Here's how Writing Process is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Managed/mentored staff writers to establish interviews, assist in the writing process, revise articles, and in writing improvement.

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27. Conduct Interviews

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Here's how Conduct Interviews is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Conduct interviews with professionals and topics of interest
  • Conduct interviews and write regular feature articles.
  • Conduct interviews face-to-face and via telephone; write, submit and edit articles while working with strict deadlines
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, pitch stories, arrange and conduct interviews.
  • Coordinate initiatives and conduct interviews via telephone and in person.
  • Conduct interviews with celebrities, local artists and reporters.

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28. Daily Newspaper

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Here's how Daily Newspaper is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Managed 15,000+ circulation daily newspaper photo and opinion departments
  • Lead opinion writer for 30,000 circulation daily newspaper, located on the Virginia-Tennessee border.
  • Produced and edited the daily newspaper and content for the web.
  • Produced the weekly automotive section and developed other editorial special-section content for this Hearst major metropolitan daily newspaper.
  • Directed award-winning editorial page of major metropolitan daily newspaper in the second-largest city in Louisiana.
  • Improved existing layouts to design a more comprehensive and reader-friendly daily newspaper experience.

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29. Content Marketing

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Here's how Content Marketing is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Managed editorial calendar and day-to-day content production on homepage.
  • Edited and oversaw editorial content production.
  • Manage various aspects of content production for the first state excise tax product through contract with an international vendor.
  • Increased content production, visitors and views while taking on an additional site and learning new platform.
  • Organized quality audits to support content production, distributing and reviewing assignments for the editorial team.
  • Well-versed in content marketing and the most efficient way to reach the largest audience.

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30. Adobe Creative Suite

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Here's how Adobe Creative Suite is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Utilized page layout software (Adobe Creative Suite - Versions CS3 and CS4) with light HTML-based online posting duties.
  • Streamlined production of software version updates, including all Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and Intuit titles.
  • Designed book covers using Adobe Creative Suite and wrote copy for book dust jacket.
  • Trained less experienced personnel in the use of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 products.
  • Directed team members and assisted in page layout/design using Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Edited an average of 5 spots each week using Adobe Creative Suite.

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31. CMS

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Here's how CMS is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Managed magazine's transition to a new CMS system.
  • Oversee complete redesign of website using Joomla CMS.

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32. Freelance Editors

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Here's how Freelance Editors is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Managed team of four production editors, as well as a number of freelance copy editors.

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33. Opinion Articles

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Here's how Opinion Articles is used in Opinion Editor jobs:
  • Received 2nd-place award from California College Media Association for opinion articles.
  • Assigned opinion articles and editorials.
  • Write bi-weekly opinion articles, take photos and mug shots for news editorials, lay out opinion spread for publication
  • Have written opinion articles and gained an Academic Experience understanding of the impact of student voices on MSU policy.
  • Improved the significance of campus news by keeping updated opinion articles and having guest writers each week.
  • Copy-edited most opinion articles for each issue.
  • Assigned and edited two opinion articles weekly.
  • Write editorial columns and opinion articles.

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One of the best ways to acquire the skills needed to be an opinion editor is to take an online course. We've identified some online courses from Udemy and Coursera that will help you advance in your career. Since opinion editors benefit from having skills like opinion pieces, indesign, and layout, we found courses that will help you improve these skills.

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20 Most Common Skill For An Opinion Editor

Opinion Pieces17.1%
Indesign13.7%
Layout12.3%
Freelance Writers5%
News Stories4.8%
Proofread4.2%
SEO4.2%
Opinion Content3.9%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For An Opinion Editor

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Opinion Pieces
Opinion Pieces
17.1%
17.1%
2
2
Indesign
Indesign
13.7%
13.7%
3
3
Layout
Layout
12.3%
12.3%
4
4
Freelance Writers
Freelance Writers
5%
5%
5
5
News Stories
News Stories
4.8%
4.8%
6
6
Proofread
Proofread
4.2%
4.2%
7
7
SEO
SEO
4.2%
4.2%
8
8
Opinion Content
Opinion Content
3.9%
3.9%
9
9
Current Events
Current Events
3.7%
3.7%
10
10
Editor-In-Chief
Editor-In-Chief
3.3%
3.3%
11
11
Photoshop
Photoshop
2.8%
2.8%
12
12
Editorial Staff
Editorial Staff
2.6%
2.6%
13
13
Editorial Board Meetings
Editorial Board Meetings
2.3%
2.3%
14
14
Community Members
Community Members
2.2%
2.2%
15
15
Edit Copy
Edit Copy
2%
2%
16
16
Staff Members
Staff Members
1.7%
1.7%
17
17
Guest Columns
Guest Columns
1.6%
1.6%
18
18
Twitter
Twitter
1.5%
1.5%
19
19
Facebook
Facebook
1.4%
1.4%
20
20
Column
Column
1.1%
1.1%
21
21
Strict Deadlines
Strict Deadlines
0.9%
0.9%
22
22
Topics
Topics
0.9%
0.9%
23
23
Online
Online
0.8%
0.8%
24
24
New Writers
New Writers
0.8%
0.8%
25
25
Student Writers
Student Writers
0.8%
0.8%
26
26
Writing Process
Writing Process
0.8%
0.8%
27
27
Conduct Interviews
Conduct Interviews
0.7%
0.7%
28
28
Daily Newspaper
Daily Newspaper
0.6%
0.6%
29
29
Content Marketing
Content Marketing
0.6%
0.6%
30
30
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Creative Suite
0.5%
0.5%
31
31
CMS
CMS
0.5%
0.5%
32
32
Freelance Editors
Freelance Editors
0.5%
0.5%
33
33
Opinion Articles
Opinion Articles
0.4%
0.4%

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