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Working As A Publication 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

  • $44,370

    Average Salary

What Does A Publication 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 Publication 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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Publication Editor Career Paths

Publication Editor
Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Writer And Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Creative Director Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Program Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Account Executive Public Relations
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Project Manager Product Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Product Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Marketing Manager Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Property Manager Communications Manager
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Communications Director Public Relations Consultant
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Writer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Communications Director
Vice President Of Communication
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Publishing Editor 4.7 years
Business Editor 3.5 years
Executive Editor 3.4 years
Editor/Copy Writer 3.3 years
Managing Editor 3.3 years
Writer And Editor 3.1 years
Publication Editor 3.0 years
Copy Editor 2.9 years
News Editor 2.7 years
Features Editor 2.6 years
Editor 2.6 years
Associate Editor 2.5 years
Editor, Freelance 2.5 years
Newspaper Editor 2.5 years
Design Editor 2.4 years
Magazine Editor 2.4 years
Digital Editor 2.1 years
Web Editor 2.0 years
Online Editor 2.0 years
Assistant Editor 2.0 years
Content Editor 2.0 years
Web Content Editor 1.9 years
Art Editor 1.8 years
Co-Editor 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Editor 14.3%
Reporter 8.9%
Internship 7.3%
Writer 3.8%
Instructor 2.5%
Top Employers After
Editor 15.1%
Internship 4.2%
Teacher 3.5%
Owner 3.2%

Publication Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

61.9%

Male

36.2%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

83.7%

Hispanic or Latino

7.2%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.9%

French

20.4%

Japanese

8.2%

Arabic

6.1%

Chinese

4.1%

Hebrew

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

German

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Russian

2.0%
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Publication Editor Education

Schools

New York University

6.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

6.7%

Columbia University

6.7%

Michigan State University

6.7%

Ohio University -

5.3%

Temple University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

University of Southern California

5.3%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.3%

George Mason University

5.3%

University of Memphis

4.0%

Boston University

4.0%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.0%

Harvard University

4.0%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.0%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

4.0%

Western Washington University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

University of Miami

4.0%
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Majors

Journalism

21.8%

English

17.4%

Communication

9.0%

Business

8.4%

Writing

6.1%

Marketing

5.2%

Public Relations

4.4%

Fine Arts

4.1%

Law

3.2%

Agricultural Public Services

2.9%

Elementary Education

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

History

2.0%

Journalism And Mass Communications

2.0%

Education

1.7%

Political Science

1.7%

Environmental Science

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.5%

International Relations

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.7%

Masters

27.0%

Other

13.0%

Doctorate

6.7%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

1.7%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Publication Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Editor, Spcialist Publication Pei Media, Inc. New York, NY Sep 24, 2013 $68,032
Hebrew Publication Editor Catalyst Multimedia Marketing, Inc. Hillsborough, CA Nov 18, 2014 $66,810
Editor, Spcialist Publication Pei Media, Inc. New York, NY Sep 24, 2013 $60,032
Manager, Public Outreach & Editor Chemical Heritage Foundation Philadelphia, PA Sep 01, 2010 $60,000
Asian Language Editor & Public Relations Captions, Inc. Burbank, CA Oct 01, 2014 $53,000
Law Student Publications Editor/Coordinator University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2016 $52,012
Law Student Publications Editor/Coordinator University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 08, 2016 $52,012
Publications Editor Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation(USA New York, NY Jul 15, 2014 $52,000
Publications Editor Sea New York Inc. New York, NY Jan 18, 2016 $50,000
Publications Editor and Authentication Manager Collectable Investment Brokerage Norcross, GA Jan 07, 2016 $45,225
English Educational Publication Editor Halls of Ivy, Inc. Great Neck, NY Jan 25, 2014 $43,514
Publications Editor The News Inc. New York, NY Aug 22, 2016 $42,765
Publications Editor High Seas Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2011 $42,099
Electronic Publications Editor Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA Feb 01, 2013 $41,808
English Educational Publication Editor Halls of Ivy, Inc. Great Neck, NY Jan 20, 2014 $41,427
English Educational Publication Editor Halls of Ivy, Inc. Great Neck, NY Sep 16, 2013 $41,427

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Top Skills for A Publication Editor

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Top Publication Editor Skills

  1. Web Content
  2. Press Releases
  3. Publications Editor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Copyedited high-profile publications and web content for style and flow.
  • Write and edit press releases and media advisories.
  • Promoted to Publications Editor in January, 1984.
  • Designed and produced the quarterly newsletter, annual report and event programs and invitations for parents, faculty and teachers.
  • Launch new monthly publication for European retail executives titled Retail Systems Alert Executive Letter.

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