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What do Editors do?

Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

What are the Main Tasks of Editors?

  • Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.
  • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.
  • Review and approve proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.
  • Plan the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
  • Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.
  • Allocate print space for story text, photos, and illustrations according to space parameters and copy significance, using knowledge of layout principles.
  • Oversee publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, ensuring adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.
  • Make manuscript acceptance or revision recommendations to the publisher.
  • Assign topics, events and stories to individual writers or reporters for coverage.
  • Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing news stories.
  • Meet frequently with artists, typesetters, layout personnel, marketing directors, and production managers to discuss projects and resolve problems.
  • Monitor news-gathering operations to ensure utilization of all news sources, such as press releases, telephone contacts, radio, television, wire services, and other reporters.
  • Select local, state, national, and international news items received from wire services, based on assessment of items' significance and interest value.
  • Interview and hire writers and reporters or negotiate contracts, royalties, and payments for authors or freelancers.
  • Direct the policies and departments of newspapers, magazines and other publishing establishments.
  • Read material to determine index items and arrange them alphabetically or topically, indicating page or chapter location.
  • Arrange for copyright permissions.
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