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Career as Editor

Career as a Editor

About Editor

If you love to read, have a way with words, a creative bent of mind, are curious and a critical thinker, then a career as an editor may be for you. An editor is responsible for preparing language, images and approving the final text that appears in a newspaper, magazine or a website. An editor can work in various capacities such as copy editor, editor-in-chief, or associate editor. He/she will review the work of the writers and suggest changes regarding their style of writing, punctuation, and grammar.

The role of an editor is to ensure that the written material has a consistent style and tone. They take decisions regarding the topics that will appeal to the readers and oversee the work right from the ideation of stories until the final output. Find out the answer to 'How to Become an Editor?' in the page below.

Eligibility to become Editor

  • If you have a flair for writing and an interest in this field, it’s not that difficult to get in this line.
  • You must have command in a language. For that, most of the editors are required to hold a Bachelor's degree in the language of preference.
  • For instance, if you want to become a Hindi content editor, you may be required to hold a UG degree in the language or at least great command in it. To become an English content editor, a degree in the English language will be required. 
  •  However, it is not necessary for a number of digital content editors as the employer cares more about skills and language proficiency rather that the educational qualifications of a candidate. So, holding any bachelor degree would also work.  
  • You can apply for a PG degree or diploma in journalism/mass communication after graduating. This will help you in learning different aspects of digital content. 
  • Those who are interested in working for a publishing house, a PG certificate or diploma course can be an answer. There are many such courses in editing and book designing.

Types of Job Roles Editor

Editors are expected to be skilled in multimedia and should be social-media savvy in order to keep up with the latest trends and promote their websites or publication. Once you start working in this line, there are various job profiles that you can explore.  

Commissioning Editors

They are involved in managing external contributors and also in the production of quality material on time and on budget.

Section Editors

Section editors take care of newspapers, magazines, and websites. This includes features editors and news editors.

Web Editors

They are also called online editors or social media editors. They are responsible for the overall content and the images that go on the website.

Film or Video Editor

Film or Video editors play an important role in the post-production of a movie. They select the footage accordingly to form a sequence, in order to make the story crisp and relevant.

    Employment Sector/Industry for Editor

    There are a plethora of employment opportunities for editors. They can work with the following

    • Newspaper houses
    • News agencies
    • Magazines
    • Websites
    • Publishing houses
    • Freelancers
    • Advertising companies
    • Radio and TV stations
    • NGOs
    • The government sector in Indian information service or state government information service

    Top Recruiting Companies for Editors

    Some of the top newspapers, magazines and publishing houses where an editor can find employment opportunities are:

    Newspapers

    • Times of India
    • Hindustan Times
    • The Indian Express
    • The Hindu
    • The Tribune

    Magazines

    • India Today
    • Femina
    • Outlook
    • Vogue
    • Reader’s Digest
    • Business Today
    • Forbes

    Publishing Houses

    • Penguin Random House India
    • Rupa Publications
    • Roli Books
    • Harper Collins
    • Hachette India
    • Pan Macmillan India
    • Scholastic India

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    Pay Scale/Salary of Editor

    Here's how much an editor earns in her/ his career:

    LevelSalary Package
    Entry-levelINR 3.3 LPA - INR 4.0 LPA
    Mid-careerINR 4.8 LPA - INR 5 LPA
    ExperienceINR 5.2 LPA - INR 6.5 LPA

    Note: The above figures are an estimate and may vary from individual to individual and company to company.

    Books & Study Material to Become Editor

    Apart from getting a journalism/mass communication degree, there are certain books that can help hone your editing skills. These books can enhance your knowledge and are focused on style, grammar, spelling, style, and punctuation. Some of these books are:

    • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
    • The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English by Roy Peter Clark
    • Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing by Bruce Kaplan
    • The Chicago Manual of Style by University of Chicago Press
    • Copyediting and Proofreading for Dummies by Suzanne Gilad
    • Getting the Words Right by Theodore A. Rees Cheney

    Pros of becoming a Editor

    Career as an editor can be exciting and rewarding, it can be challenging too. Let’s take a look at some of the pros:

    Creative freedom

    Editors can exercise their creative freedom by coming up with new ideas and planning the content. They are also involved in writing captions, articles and editing stories. There is a variety of work that they are involved in. If you choose to work as an editor in a publishing field, then you may even get the liberty to freelance or work from home at times.

    Meeting new people

    One of the perks of this profession is that you get to meet a lot of people and can forge connections with them. Those people can be some of the top celebrities/politicians and other people who are newsmakers. You get to hobnob with the powerful and the influential.

    Full of surprises

    This holds true if you work for a newspaper especially. You never know how your day will begin and end, and you won’t know what a day will bring in.

    Cons of becoming a Editor

    There are a few drawbacks as well of a career as an editor. Listed below are some of the cons:

    Work-life balance

    You can expect long hours at work as the industry is very competitive and that can put a strain on your personal relationships. If you are working for a newspaper, then you may have to work on weekends and even on public holidays.

    Focus

    Being an editor means that you have to be very detail oriented and extremely focused. You cannot afford to make mistakes while proofreading articles and stories.

    Stress

    This is one job which involves a huge amount of stress. Editors are usually under deadline. This holds true, particularly for newspapers and magazines. If it’s a breaking news story, it has to be vetted by the editor as soon as possible.

    Paths for Being Editor

    FAQs about Editor

    What do editors do?

    The responsibilities of an editor include proofreading, correcting the content written by writers, preparing language and images for the content that needs to be published, making sure that the style and tone of a piece is consistent, etc. 

    How to Become an editor?

    To become an editor, you first have to complete your school education. After that, you either have to get a bachelor's degree in a language that you are interested in or any relevant degree would do. To begin your career, you may have to begin with job profiles that are lower than that of an editor. Once you have gained enough experience and become aware of how the things work, you may be promoted to an editor. 

    Is the job of an editor stressful?

    The job of an editor may come with some amount of stress. An editor is usually bounded by deadlines. And the stress of deadlines becomes bigger for newspapers and magazine editors. 

    How much does an editor earn in the initial stages of her/ his career?

    In the initial stages of her/ his career, an editor can earn anywhere between INR 3.3 LPA and INR 4.0 LPA. However, this may vary depending on the organisation one is working with.

    What are the companies that hire Editors?

    Some of the top newspapers, magazines and publishing houses that hire editors are The Hindu, TOI, Hindustan Times, Vogue, India Today, Femina, Outlook, Business Today, Reader's Digest, Penguin Random House India, Roli Books, Harper Collins, Rupa Publications, etc. 

    Where can an Editor work?

    An editor can work for different newspaper houses, news agencies, magazines, websites, publishing houses, freelancers, advertising companies, radio and TV stations, NGOs, etc. 

    Are there different types of editors?

    Yes, an editor can work with different job profiles that include Commissioning Editors, Section Editors, Web Editors, Film or Video Editor, etc. 

    I completed my Bachelor's in History Hons. Can I become an editor?

    To become an editor, especially for websites, you are not necessarily required to hold a degree in the language of interest as long as you are proficient in it. So, yes, you can become an editor but you may have to start with working as a content writer or work in a publishing house to gain relevant work experience. 

    I am pursuing BMM in Journalism (Media & Mass Communication) to become an Editor. What other career options do I have ?

    You could become a Journalist after studying BMM in Journalism (Media & Mass Communication).

    I am pursuing BJMC in Journalism (Media & Mass Communication) to become an Editor. What other career options do I have ?

    You could become a Journalist after studying BJMC in Journalism (Media & Mass Communication).

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