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Career Details :: Editors
Perform variety of editorial duties, such as laying out, indexing, and revising content of written materials, in preparation for final publication.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Plans and prepares page layouts to position and space articles and photographs or illustrations.
- Reads and evaluates manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confers with authors regarding changes or publication.
- Writes and rewrites headlines, captions, columns, articles, and stories to conform to publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
- Confers with management and editorial staff members regarding placement of developing news stories.
- Reviews and approves proofs submitted by composing room.
- Arranges topical or alphabetical list of index items, according to page or chapter, indicating location of item in text.
- Compiles index cross-references and related items, such as glossaries, bibliographies, and footnotes.
- Selects local, state, national, and international news items received by wire from press associations.
- Verifies facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
- Selects and crops photographs and illustrative materials to conform to space and subject matter requirements.
- Reads copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax, and indicates corrections, using standard proofreading and typesetting symbols.
- Determines placement of stories based on relative significance, available space, and knowledge of layout principles.
- Reads material to determine items to be included in index of book or other publication.
- Broadcast News Analysts
- Creative Writers
- Radio and Television Announcers
- Reporters and Correspondents
- Technical Writers
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Judging Qualities of Things, Service, People
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Consequence of Error
- Objective or Subjective Information