Roles and responsibilities
- make decisions about the content of publications with other senior editors and in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines
- review copy to ensure that 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 layout of news items
- supervise journalists
- undertake administrative tasks.
As an editor, you could work in-house for commercial publishers or in publication units within government departments and other organisations. Experienced book editors may work on a freelance or contract basis. Some may form small independent publishing houses.
In recent years, the publishing industry has seen mergers and rationalisation. There are now far fewer newspapers and publishing houses to provide entry into the profession. Technological advances have also changed the industry. Only a few openings occur in publishing houses each year and competition for these is high.
It is sometimes possible to break into publishing from an affiliated field, for example desktop publishing, teaching or printing. Advancement is dependent on a keen business and marketing sense, and capacity for hard work.