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My paper I wrote as a freshman (last year) and when I realized this is really what I want to do with my life.


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Day in the Life of an Editor

To be an editor I would need to take certain classes in high school now such as: English classes, book/ journal clubs, and typing classes. I would need to have proper grammar, be a fast typer, and be familiar with the computer and current events and analyze punctuation and spelling. Perform variety of editorial duties, such as laying out, indexing, and revising content of written materials, in preparation for final publication.

Editors do not spend their days hunched over behind a desk scribbling unintelligible symbols in page margins. Editing documents with proofreader's marks is part of the job of an editor, but it certainly is not the only job task performed by the editor. Generally, the role of an editor is to review the work of a team of writers and suggest changes according to conventions regarding grammar, writing style, and punctuation. Editors also ensure that all written works are consistent in quality and tone, and are consistent with the company's mission.

A writer's work can include:

  • creating original works, poetry, song lyrics, or plays;
  • proposing topics about which to write or receiving assignments;
  • gathering information about the topic;
  • selecting and organizing the material he or she has gathered;
  • using the written word to express ideas and convey information;
  • revising or rewriting material;
  • preparing advertising copy;
  • selling one's work to publishers, advertising agencies, public relations firms, and publication enterprises;

An editor's work can include:

  • reviewing, rewriting, and editing the work of writers;
  • planning the content of books, journals, and magazines;
  • deciding what material will appeal to readers;
  • reviewing and editing drafts of books and articles;
  • offering comments to improve the work;
  • suggesting possible titles;
  • overseeing the production of publications;

Tasks of an Editor

  • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.
  • Review and approve proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.
  • Plan the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
  • Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.

How to Become an Editor

To become an editor I would need all four years of high school and all four years of college. I would need to be familiar with writing and summarizing. In preparing to become an editor I need to do many things. I need to make sure that I can speak in front of an audience (no matter what the size), I can work under a certain deadline, and I can accomplish what is expected.

For college students, a degree in English or Journalism is required to become an editor. Editorial work can be very demanding. Many jobs in editing take a lot of time and energy, and can be very stressful. The work is generally tied to company profitability, so the editor must have thick skin, the ability to successfully lead a team of writers, an eye for quality, an advanced understanding of the English language, and excellent communication skills. Though challenging, editing as a career path is diverse and can lead to a very rewarding career for those who enjoy working with various forms of written communication.

Job Description - Writers and Editors:

There are many places in Louisiana where I could work at, but I would like to work either in Georgia or North Carolina where there are better opportunities for me where I can still be in the south, in a small state and live in the suburbs of a big city where I would like to work and get better pay.

Writers and editors can be divided into three categories. Writers and authors produce content for print and online media. Editors evaluate and select content for publication. Technical writers specialize in producing materials such as instruction manuals and software documentation.

Employment Facts - Writers and Editors:

Working as an editor helps me so I can do something I love. I don't like working outdoors very much. This gives me a place where I can work indoors and be more to myself. I can work hours that would satisfy me and my family.

Writers and authors held about 152,000 jobs while editors held about 130,000 jobs in 2008. Technical writers held about 49,000 jobs. When it comes to family and working around my schedule I am sure it will suit me just fine. I can work in my office or I can bring my work home and maybe have a mini office somewhere in my house where it will be excluded from too much noise. When planning activities and family trips my job shouldn't affect that. With all the technology we have and there is still yet to come. Taking my work with me shouldn't be a problem so I can still do my work and not miss out on any family fun.

Educational Requirements - Writers and Editors:

Many employers prefer to hire writers and editors with a college degree, generally in communications, English or journalism. Sometimes a liberal arts degree will suffice. Employers may require writers and editors who specialize in a particular field to have a degree in that subject. This is particularly true for technical writers.

Editors have to possess knowledge of media production, communication and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. Editors must also communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Other Requirements - Writers and Editors:

I have been searching place I here and other states that I think would benefit me and would be suitable to me and for my future family. As a student when I am old enough to get a job, I think working at the Leesville Leader would most definitely benefit me and would be good for college. My parents and some of my former teachers said that publishing my own work on certain writing blogs on the internet could benefit me so I could have some experience. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

An affinity for writing is something those in this field should, without doubt, have. Other necessary traits are the ability to express ideas clearly in writing, good judgment, creativity, self motivation and curiosity. Editors should have the ability to guide others. Unpaid experience, such as that gained through internships and writing for school newspapers, is valuable. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Occupation Specific Tasks:

  • Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.
  • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.
  • Review and approve proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.

Earnings - Writers and Editors

Median annual earnings for salaried writers and authors were $53,900 in 2009. Employment salaried writers and editors for newspapers, periodicals, book publishers, and nonprofit organizations are expected to increase. If I were to live on my income with a family of my own, I think I would be able to do so. I probably would not live a very high lifestyle, but I would be able to survive and get all the things I need and pay my expenses and care for a family. After researching information I needed for my paper, I have found that being an editor is really what to pursue as my career. It has everything I want from writing and reading to being able to be in environments that are most comfortable to me. It will suit my lifestyle well so I can work many hours, but still have the time I need to have with my family and support them.

My environment is most likely to be in an office in a building. I will probably be able to dress casual yet professional. I will be working with people who have common interests.

Working as an editor helps me so I can do something I love. I don't like working outdoors very much. This gives me a place where I can work indoors and be more to myself. I can work hours that would satisfy me and my family.

There are many places in Louisiana where I could work at, but I would like to work either in Georgia or North Carolina where there are better opportunities for me where I can still be in the south, in a small state and live in the suburbs of a big city where I would like to work and get better pay.

To become an editor I would need all four years of high school and all four years of college. I would need to be familiar with writing and summarizing, reading and

In preparing to become an editor I need to do many things. I need to make sure that I can speak in front of an audience (no matter what the size), I can work under a certain deadline, I can accomplish what is expected,

To be an editor I would need to take certain classes in high school now such as: English classes, book/ journal clubs, and typing classes. I would need to have proper grammar, be a fast typer, and be familiar with the computer and current events and analyze punctuation and spelling.

I have been searching place I here and other states that I think would benefit me and would be suitable to me and for my future family. As a student when I am old enough to get a job, I think working at the Leesville Leader would most definitely benefit me and would be good for college. My parents and some of my former teachers said that publishing my own work on certain writing blogs on the internet could benefit me so I could have some experience.

When it comes to family and working around my schedule I am sure it will suit me just fine. I can work in my office or I can bring my work home and maybe have a mini office somewhere in my house where it will be excluded from too much noise. When planning activities and family trips my job shouldn't affect that. With all the technology we have and there is still yet to come. Taking my work with me shouldn't be a problem so I can still do my work and not miss out on any family fun.

After researching the information I needed for my paper I have found out that being an editor is really what I want my career to be. It has everything I want from writing and reading to being able to be in environments that are most comfortable to me. It will suit my lifestyle well so I can work many hours but still have the time I need to have with my family and be able to support them.

If I were to live on my income with a family of my own I think I would be okay on my own. I probably wouldn't live a very high life style, but I would be able to survive and get all the things I needed and pay my bills and take care of my family.





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