What does an editor do?
Editors are professional who are responsible for ensuring the quality of written material, either for print or online publications. Their responsibilities can vary somewhat according to their industry, although they’re generally responsible for planning, coordinating and revising material for magazines, books, newspapers and websites. They may review ideas for content and determine which material will have the greatest appeal to readers. They may make suggestions for improving the product and recommend different titles or headlines. Their duties often include:
- Reading content and correcting typos, spelling, punctuation and grammatical mistakes
- Rewriting text to improve the clarity for readers
- Verifying facts that are cited in the material
- Reviewing writer submissions to determine what to publish
- Working with writers to further develop ideas and stories
- Revising content according to the style and editorial policy of the publication
- Approving final drafts for publication
There are a number of different types of editors, including:
- Assistant editors: Assistant editors can work in any industry, from newspapers or online publications to publishing houses and public relations firms. They are usually in charge of one particular subject within the publication.
- Copy editors: Copy editors are responsible for correcting errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling and make changes to sentences to improve accuracy and clarity. They may perform fact-checking and arrange page layouts for articles and advertising.
- Managing editors: This type of editor works for a magazine, newspaper or television and is generally responsible for the daily operations of a news department. They typically oversee the deadline schedule and may manage the editorial budget as well.
- Executive editors: This type of editor works in a variety of different industries, including newspapers, magazines, television and public relations. They are typically in charge of hiring writers and reporters, planning budgets, negotiating contracts with writers and making the final decision about which stories are published.