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Editors must be expert communicators, so you should excel in
English if you wish to be an editor. You must learn to write
extremely well, since you will be correcting and even rewriting the
work of others. If elective classes in writing are available in
your school, take them. Study journalism and take communications
courses. Work as a writer or editor for the school paper. Take a
photography class. Since virtually all editors use computers, take
computer courses, especially those that emphasize basic HTML and
other Web-development skills. You absolutely must learn to type. If
you cannot type accurately and rapidly, you will be at an extreme
disadvantage. Don't forget, however, that a successful editor must
have a wide range of knowledge. The more you know about many areas,
the more likely you will be to do well as an editor. Don't hesitate
to explore areas that you find interesting. Do everything you can
to satisfy your intellectual curiosity. As far as most editors are
concerned, there is no useless information.
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