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How To Become

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Palmer Middlesch

on 18 March 2016

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Transcript of How To Become

What do editors do?
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
Work Environment
Although most editors work in offices, a growing number now work remotely from home. They often use desktop or electronic publishing software, scanners, and other electronic communications equipment to produce their material.Jobs are somewhat concentrated in major media and entertainment markets—Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC—but improved communications and Internet capabilities are allowing editors to work from a greater variety of locations.
Overseeing and coordinating multiple writing projects simultaneously is common among editors and may lead to stress, fatigue, or other chronic problems.
Freelance editors face the added pressures of finding work on an ongoing basis and continually adjusting to new work environments.
Pay
The median annual wage for editors was $54,890 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,980, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $109,940.
Requirments to get the job
A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.
Qualities of an Editor
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.

EX. of difrent 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.

How To
Become
An Editor

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That was the road to become an Editor
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