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 in editing 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.

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. However, in order to work as an editor, graduation in English is preferred though graduates from any other stream can also pursue this.

You can apply for a PG degree or diploma in journalism/mass communication after graduating. Admission is done on the basis of entrance exams, conducted by various universities and institutions.

Entrance exams

Some of the most popular entrance exams are:

  • IIMC’s entrance exam
  • Jamia Milia Islamia Entrance exam
  • GGSIPU CET Exam
  • FTI Pune
  • AUCET
  • Aligarh Muslim University entrance exam

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 Opportunities for Editors

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

  • Newspaper house
  • News agency
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Publishing houses
  • Freelancers
  • Advertising companies
  • Radio and TV stations
  • NGOs
  • 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 one 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

Pay Scale/Salary of Editor

An entry-level editor gets an average salary of approx Rs. 3,33,949 per year. An editor who is at a mid-career level gets an average salary of approx. Rs. 4, 86,385 per year while an editor who is more experienced can expect approx. Rs. 4,77,228 per year.

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.

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