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Editor  What They Do

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Plans, coordinates, or edits content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

This career is part of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Reads copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Verifies facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Reads, evaluates and edits manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confers with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.
  • Develops story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.
  • Prepares, rewrites and edits copy to improve readability, or supervises others who do this work.
  • Oversees publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, ensuring adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.
  • Writes text, such as stories, articles, editorials, or newsletters.
  • Supervises and coordinates work of reporters and other editors.
  • Confers with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing news stories.
  • Plans the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

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