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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.
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Hispanic or Latino8.8%
Black or African American0.5%
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New York University11.3%
Columbia College Chicago7.5%
Ohio State University4.8%
San Diego State University4.8%
University of Missouri - Columbia4.8%
University of California - Berkeley4.3%
George Washington University4.3%
University of Florida4.3%
Full Sail University4.3%
Indiana University Bloomington4.3%
University of North Texas3.8%
Pace University - New York3.8%
University of Iowa3.8%
Pennsylvania State University3.8%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Production Editor||Zealot Productions Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 01, 2012||$85,000|
|Graphic Artist/Post-Production Editor||Paydirt Pictures LLC||Beverly Hills, CA||Jan 02, 2012||$75,000|
|Graphic Artist/Post-Production Editor||The Sweet Shop Films, LLC||West Hollywood, CA||Sep 15, 2014||$75,000|
|Graphic Artist/Post-Production Editor||The Sweet Shop Films, LLC||West Hollywood, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$75,000|
|Graphic Artist/Post-Production Editor||Paydirt Pictures LLC||Beverly Hills, CA||Jan 01, 2014||$75,000|
|Production Editor||Venture 3D||Culver City, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$69,000|
|Supervising Editor Video Production||Rill Films||Berkeley, CA||Aug 01, 2010||$62,610|
|Production Editor||Seven Stories Press, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 13, 2011||$62,193|
|Production Editor||Zealot Productions, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 01, 2010||$60,000|
|Production Editor, Claremont Review of Books||The Claremont Institute||Claremont, CA||May 15, 2012||$55,000|
|Assistant Production Editor||International Peace Institute||New York, NY||Jan 06, 2016||$51,500|
|Production Editor||Mundo Hispanico||Atlanta, GA||Apr 21, 2009||$50,000|
|Production Editor||Baral Inc.||Coral Springs, FL||Sep 29, 2013||$47,396|
|Production Editor||Baral Inc.||Coral Springs, FL||Oct 01, 2010||$47,396|
|Production Editor||Artnet Worldwide Corporation||New York, NY||Jun 09, 2016||$46,800|
|Film Production/Editing Specialist||Wink, Inc.||Jackson, WY||Oct 01, 2009||$45,344|
|Post Production Editor||Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.||New York, NY||May 24, 2014||$44,000|
|Multimedia Production Editor||World Traditional Taekwondo Union||Little Rock, AR||Oct 01, 2012||$43,784|
|Production Editor||Day O Productions, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 20, 2010||$41,740|
|Production Editor||On Air Promotions LLC||Miami, FL||Sep 29, 2010||$41,740|
|Science Writer/Production Editor||The Wildlife Society, Inc.||Bethesda, MD||Feb 01, 2010||$41,300|
|Associate Digital Production Editor||Open Road Integrated Media Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 10, 2014||$40,352|
|Materials Production Editor||Cinetic Rights Management LLC||New York, NY||Sep 21, 2013||$39,945|
|Production Editor||Artnet Worldwide Corporation||New York, NY||Sep 05, 2013||$39,945|
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