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Working As A Social Media 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

  • $54,096

    Average Salary

What Does A Social Media 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 Social Media 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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Social Media Editor Career Paths

Social Media Editor
Social Media Manager Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Content Writer Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Communications Manager Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Media Specialist Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Manager Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Writer Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Production Manager Production Director
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Social Media Specialist Media Consultant Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Social Media Director Marketing Director Public Relations Consultant
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Managing Editor Marketing Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Social Media Strategist Media Consultant Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Content Writer Writer And Editor Content Manager
Senior Content Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Social Media Director Creative Director Web Design/Development
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Executive Editor 3.5 years
Editor 2.6 years
Online Editor 2.1 years
Digital Editor 2.1 years
Web Editor 2.0 years
Content Editor 2.0 years
Multimedia Editor 1.8 years
Media Coordinator 1.6 years
Junior Editor 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 17.7%
Editor 9.1%
Volunteer 4.7%
Reporter 4.3%
Server 3.0%
Cashier 2.9%
Top Employers After
Internship 14.4%
Editor 11.6%
Writer 3.9%
Reporter 3.6%
Volunteer 3.0%
Server 3.0%
Owner 2.8%

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Social Media Editor Demographics

Gender

Female

57.0%

Male

39.5%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.2%

French

19.0%

Mandarin

6.6%

Italian

6.6%

Chinese

6.6%

German

3.6%

Portuguese

2.9%

Indonesian

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Korean

1.5%

Armenian

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Turkish

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Yoruba

0.7%

Croatian

0.7%
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Social Media Editor Education

Schools

University of Texas at Austin

12.2%

New York University

8.3%

Syracuse University

7.8%

University of Florida

6.7%

University of North Texas

5.0%

Temple University

5.0%

San Francisco State University

4.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.4%

New School

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Columbia College Chicago

3.9%

Texas State University

3.9%

Kent State University

3.9%

University of Phoenix

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of Arizona

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

University of Washington

3.3%

Full Sail University

3.3%
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Majors

Communication

20.3%

Journalism

16.9%

English

9.0%

Business

7.3%

Marketing

6.4%

Writing

5.4%

Photography

5.2%

Public Relations

5.2%

Fine Arts

3.1%

Political Science

2.7%

History

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.3%

Psychology

2.0%

Education

1.6%

Digital Media

1.6%

Advertising

1.6%

Kinesiology

1.5%

Management

1.5%

Entertainment Business

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

62.3%

Masters

16.0%

Other

13.8%

Associate

4.0%

Certificate

1.9%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Social Media Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Media Partnerships Editor Quora, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 08, 2014 $105,000
Media Partnerships Editor Quora, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 10, 2014 $105,000
Social Media Editor Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $102,000
New Media Editor Pima County Government Tucson, AZ Aug 20, 2015 $72,835
New Media Editor Pima County Government Tucson, AZ Apr 04, 2011 $69,992
Social Media Editor Nextbook, Inc. New York, NY Aug 06, 2015 $65,000
Social Media Editor The Univision Network Limited Partnership Miami, FL Jan 09, 2016 $60,000
Social Media Editor The Univision Network Limited Partnership Miami, FL Sep 05, 2016 $60,000
Editor, Social Media Charlie Rose Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2014 $60,000
Social Programming Editor Mic Network, Inc. New York, NY Sep 14, 2016 $60,000 -
$70,000
Social Media Editor Cheetah Mobile America, Inc. Burlingame, CA Jan 12, 2015 $55,800
Interactive Media Services Editor ARS & Civitas, Inc. New York, NY Jan 19, 2012 $52,175
Interactive Media Services Editor ARS & Civitas, Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 15, 2010 $52,175
Interactive Media Services Editor ARS & Civitas, Inc. New York, NY Jul 27, 2011 $52,175
New Media Editor The Aspen Institute Washington, DC May 14, 2010 $50,000
Social Media Editor Business Insider Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $50,000
Social Media Editor Business Insider Inc. New York, NY Aug 22, 2010 $50,000
Media Editor Creative Productions Studio NY Mar 15, 2016 $48,500
Social Media and Communications Catch 24 Advertising & Design, Inc. New York, NY Apr 14, 2013 $44,745 -
$56,349
Social Media Editor How 2 Media Inc. New York, NY Sep 14, 2016 $43,000
Social Media Editor Spark Network Inc. New York, NY Oct 09, 2016 $42,909
Social Media Editor Spark Network Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $42,765
Media Program Editor Little Saigon Radio Broadcasting Inc. Westminster, CA Oct 01, 2011 $41,829
Media Program Editor Little Saigon Radio Broadcasting Inc. Westminster, CA Oct 07, 2011 $41,829
Social Media Editor Nextbook Inc. New York, NY Aug 12, 2013 $41,740
Electronic Media Editor Galaxy Systems, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 21, 2016 $40,801

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Top Skills for A Social Media Editor

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  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Company Website
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  • Defined communication strategy to increase customer engagement on the company's Facebook page.
  • Translated live Twitter broadcasts held internationally on politics and diplomacy for Under Secretary of State.
  • Implement and manage various social marketing campaigns for faith-based online publications.
  • Documented and collected data at ESPN NEXT's Super Bowl event and distributed data through ESPN's Twitter and Instagram handles.
  • Developed up to three stories and wrote scripts for videos to be used for promotional and marketing purposes monthly.

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