Editors read and correct written material for publication, draft and implement editorial policy, decide on the content of publications or news items and manage the production of publications and the staff involved, depending on the position they hold.
Duties & Tasks
Editors may perform the following tasks:make decisions about the content of publications with other senior editors in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines
review copy to ensure it is free from errors and conforms with style and format rules
manage the day-to-day running of a newspaper or magazine
assign staff and photographers to stories
write articles, editorials or reviews
edit copy, write headlines and plan the layout of news items
undertake administrative tasks
work with authors to develop text to a publishable standard.
Editors have to work under pressure when meeting deadlines, especially those who work on daily newspapers.
highly literate, with a sound knowledge of English grammar
eye for detail
able to concentrate on written work for long periods
good general knowledge
good organisational skills
able to produce detailed and accurate work, often to tight deadlines
good management and leadership skills
aptitude for using computers.