Editor  What They Do

Just the Facts


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

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares, rewrites and edits copy to improve readability, or supervises others who do this work.
  • Verifies facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Reads copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Develops story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.
  • Reviews and approves proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.
  • Supervises and coordinates work of reporters and other editors.
  • Plans the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
  • Reads, evaluates and edits manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confers with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.
  • Allocates print space for story text, photos, and illustrations according to space parameters and copy significance, using knowledge of layout principles.
  • Oversees publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, ensuring adherence to deadlines and budget 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 involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • 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

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Copy Editor -- Makes sure that a text is readable, accurate and ready for publication and offers suggestions for content edition.
  • Editor in Chief -- Oversees and manages the employees who produce and edit content, and is the final checkpoint for content, aesthetics and language of content matter.
  • Editorial Director -- Manages the editorial activity or processes within a publication and serves as the head of all the staff as well as possessing the final say and decision of all publication operations such as in editorial, marketing, sales and product development.
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  • Food Editor -- Assigns, edits and writes food- and restaurant-related stories and reviews for a publication, as well as locating art to accompany the stories.
  • Magazine Editor -- Oversees the content and quality of magazine publications and ensures that features are topical, interesting and informative.
  • Newspaper Editor -- Formulates editorial policy and directs operation of newspaper.
  • Script Editor -- Takes a film script that has already been written and reshapes it to suit the director's vision.
  • Sports Editor -- Responsible for quality news, features and photos on athletic events, people or issues.
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