Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Journalism and Broadcasting

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Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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

Common job titles of Editors include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 80.43% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 17.03% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.

    Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.

    Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.

    Oversee publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, ensuring adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.

    Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.

    Write text, such as stories, articles, editorials, or newsletters.

    Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.

    Plan the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.

    Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing news stories.

    Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.

    Review and approve proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.

    Assign topics, events and stories to individual writers or reporters for coverage.

    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.

    Allocate print space for story text, photos, and illustrations according to space parameters and copy significance, using knowledge of layout principles.

    Direct the policies and departments of newspapers, magazines and other publishing establishments.

    Make manuscript acceptance or revision recommendations to the publisher.

    Read material to determine index items and arrange them alphabetically or topically, indicating page or chapter location.

    Arrange for copyright permissions.

    Interview and hire writers and reporters or negotiate contracts, royalties, and payments for authors or freelancers.


Videoconferencing equipment

Video editing equipment

Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Teleconferencing equipment

Precision rulers

Personal computers

Multi-line telephone systems

All Tools

Laptop computers

Digital video cameras

Digital still cameras

Desktop computers


Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Apple macOS


Google Analytics

Hypertext markup language HTML

All Technologies



Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate

Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash

Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker

Adobe Systems Adobe InCopy

After the Deadline

Apple Final Cut Pro

Apple iWork Keynote

AutoCrit Editing Wizard

Avid Technology Media Composer

CCI Newsgate

Editor Software Stylewriter

Elite Minds RightWriter

Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML

File transfer protocol FTP software

FileMaker Pro

Grammarly Editor

HP Autonomy TeamSite



Orpheus Technology Pro Writing Aid

Polycom RealPresence

Quark Xpress

Style guide databases


Web content management system CMS software




Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Teaching others how to do something.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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