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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 Latino8.1%
Black or African American0.6%
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New York University13.4%
University of Missouri - Columbia6.0%
University of Southern California5.2%
University of Iowa4.7%
San Francisco State University4.5%
University of Texas at Austin4.3%
Michigan State University4.1%
George Mason University3.7%
Columbia College Chicago3.5%
Indiana University Bloomington3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Digital Media Senior Product Editor||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Jul 29, 2015||$150,101|
|Senior Editor, Wired||Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. DBA CONDÉ Nast||San Francisco, CA||Nov 03, 2014||$150,000|
|Senior Editor||Amber Rae LLC||New York, NY||Mar 31, 2016||$135,655|
|Senior Editor||Steam Motion and Sound Us Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 07, 2016||$124,000|
|Senior Editor||A Medium Corporation DBA Medium||San Francisco, CA||Oct 07, 2014||$120,000 -
|Senior Editor||A Medium Corporation DBA Medium||San Francisco, CA||Mar 04, 2015||$120,000 -
|Senior Editor||A Medium Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Dec 08, 2015||$120,000 -
|Senior Editor||A Medium Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Aug 12, 2015||$120,000 -
|Senior Editor||New York Media LLC||New York, NY||Dec 19, 2016||$105,000|
|Senior Editor||Creative Curriculum Initiatives||New York, NY||Nov 05, 2016||$104,707|
|Senior Editor, Lancet||Elsevier, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2013||$100,390 -
|Senior Editor||CBS Interactive, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 08, 2013||$100,000 -
|Senior Editor||Creative Curriculum Initiatives, LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2014||$100,000|
|Senior Editor, Lancet||Elsevier, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$99,000 -
|Senior Editor||Disney Publishing Worldwide||Glendale, CA||Jul 30, 2012||$84,800|
|Senior Editor||Disney Publishing Worldwide||Glendale, CA||Sep 10, 2012||$84,800|
|Senior Editor||Nature America, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 31, 2011||$81,500|
|Senior Editor||Nature America, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 12, 2011||$81,500|
|Senior Editor||Billabout LLC||New York, NY||Jun 03, 2013||$81,000|
|Senior Editor||Nature America, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 10, 2015||$80,747|
|Senior Editor, IT||Technology Review Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 25, 2016||$74,922|
|Senior Editor, IT||Technology Review Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 10, 2015||$74,922|
|Senior Editor||Nature America, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 07, 2012||$74,000|
|Senior Editor||Nature America, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 05, 2013||$74,000|
|Senior Editor, IT||Technology Review Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 26, 2013||$73,000|
|Senior Editor||Nature America, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2013||$73,000|
|Senior Editor||K-Town Management, LLC||Dallas, TX||May 04, 2016||$72,000|
|Senior Editor||The Empire Design New York Corporation||New York, NY||Jul 31, 2015||$70,000|
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