Career as Editor


For people who love the written word and know they have the ability to plan, organise, and see printed material through its several stages of production, editing may be the ideal job. Here’s the kind of day an editor lives for: you come up with a great story idea ideally suited for your publication and audience. Then you hit on the perfect writer to handle it; then you work with an art director or designer (and you actually agree) on the photo or illustration and layout that exactly suits the tone and content of that story. You edit the piece and it reads like a dream; and you even think up a short, punchy headline and subhead that will draw the reader into the story. All the elements fit as if one mind, one hand had seamlessly drawn them together. After a day like that, you can die happy. Or at least face the next day when all will not likely go so perfectly. A critical link between authors and the reading public, editors control the quality and nature of printed material, working with authors on rewrites, correcting grammar, and smoothing out inconsistencies.

Nature of Work:

As the demand for the publications of newspapers, periodicals, book publishers and content-driven Web sites increases, so too will employment opportunities for editors in these areas. There will also be more opportunities for editors in advertising and public relations agencies. Another relatively new area of work for editors is online publications and services, requiring additional computer skills. This area will continue to grow and create a demand for an increasing number of writers and editors. It means that in today’s world editors are required to develop a broader variety of skills. More opportunities are expected to open up in smaller newspapers, radio and television stations rather than in larger companies.


They must be Creative, Assertive and Honest Editors must be able to work closely with writers They should be good at diagnosing problems and offering advice on how to avoid them in the future. They have to have a keen analytical mind and a gentle touch Related Careers Journalism Reporters Reporters and correspondents play a key role in our society. They gather information and prepare stories that inform us about local, State, National, and international events; present points of view on current issues; and report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, special interest groups, and others who exercise power. In covering a story, they investigate leads and news tips, look at documents, observe on-the-scene, and interview people. Reporters take notes and may also take photographs or shoot videos. At their office, they organise the material, determine their focus or emphasis, write their stories, and may also edit videos. Many enter information or write stories on portable computers, then submit them to their offices using a telephone modem. In some cases, newswriters write the story from information collected and submitted by the reporter. Radio and television reporters often compose stories and report \”live\” from the scene. Later, they may tape a commentary in the studio. General assignment reporters write up news as assigned, such as an accident, a political rally, the visit of a celebrity, or a company going out of business. Large newspapers and radio and television stations assign reporters to gather news about specific news categories such as crime or education. Some reporters specialise in fields such as health, politics, foreign affairs, sports, theatre, consumer affairs, social events, science, business, and religion. Investigative reporters cover stories that take many days or weeks of information gathering. News correspondents are stationed, and report on news occurring in large Indian and foreign cities. Reporters on small publications cover all aspects of the news: They take photographs, write headlines, lay out pages, edit wire service copy, and write editorials. They also may solicit advertisements, sell subscriptions, and perform general office work. Writers Writers come in all shapes and sizes–film critics, novelists, editorial columnists, screenwriters, technical writers, and advertising copywriters. Many spend the beginnings of their careers practising their skills as they await a big break. While all writers prefer to write on subjects of personal interest, most professionals are assigned topics by an editor. They then gather information through personal observation, library research, and interviews. Writers select and organize the material and put it into words, effectively conveying it to the reader, and often revise or rewrite sections, searching for the best organization of the material or the right phrasing.

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