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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
  • supervise journalists
  • undertake administrative tasks
  • work with authors to develop text to a publishable standard.
  • Working conditions
    Editors have to work under pressure when meeting deadlines, especially those who work on daily newspapers.
    Personal requirements
  • 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.
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