What does an Editor do?
Editors plan, revise, and coordinate material for publication in newspapers, magazines, books, or websites. They review story ideas and determine what material are most likely to please readers and offer suggestions to improve the product and suggest headlines and titles.
Most editors work in offices. However, it is becoming more common for editors to work remote. This occupation has a lot of stress because of deadline requirements.
How to Become an Editor
Editors typically need to have a bachelor’s degree in English, communications, and journalism. They are also usually expected to have previous proofreading and writing experience. Employers desire applicants with cross- or mass-media experience.
It is possible to be considered for employment if one can provide strong writing skills. Editors that are employed in a specific area, like fashion, may need an expertise in fashion that they get from work experience or formal training. Many editors begin their career as reporters, editorial assistants, or writers.
Job Description of an Editor
Editors normally have the duties of reading content and correct grammatical errors, spelling, and punctuation. They would rewrite a text so that readers more easily understand what has been written. They have the job of verifying facts with standard reference sources and evaluate submissions from writers so they can determine what to publish.
He or she works with writers and helps their stories and ideas succeed by offering comments, advice, and encouragement on ways to improve their product, as well as suggesting headlines and titles. An editor would allocate space for the illustrations, text, and photos that make up the material for the story and approve the final versions of the product submitted by the staff.
There are different areas for editors to work in such as managing editors, copy editors, executive editors, and assistant editors. An editor should be skilled in creativity, writing, have good judgment, interpersonal skills, and be detail-oriented.