Newspaper Editors

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Newspaper editors assign, review, edit, rewrite, and lay out all copy in a newspaper except advertisements. Editors sometimes write stories or editorials that offer opinions on issues. They review the editorial page and copy written by staff or syndicated columnists. A large metropolitan daily newspaper staff may include various editors who process thousands of words into print daily. A small town staff of a weekly newspaper, however, may include only one editor, who might be both owner and star reporter. Large metropolitan areas, such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., employ many editors. Approximately 96,690 editors work for publications of all types in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Book Section Editors, Business Editors, Editorial Page Editors, Entertainment Editors, Managing Editors, News Editors, Sports Editors, Story Editors, Wire Editors
Duties Read copy and make appropriate edits; approve final submitted versions for publication; evaluate news reports to publish; brainstorm with reporters about stories to pursue
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
Experience Several years' experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Managing Editor
  • News Editor
  • News Reporter
  • Copyeditor
  • Proofreader