What's it like to be an Editor?
Editors read and correct a range of communications collateral from newspapers, books, poetry, magazines, newsletters and brochures, through to educational materials, advertisements, scholarly articles, annual reports and websites. It’s the Editor’s task to review the written material and assist the writer in effectively reaching their target audience.
Tasks and duties
- Carrying out structural editing to make sure a piece of writing is structured logically.
- Choosing the right style and language and ensuring consistency throughout a piece of writing.
- Correcting language errors, such as poor grammar and incorrect spelling and punctuation.
- Removing ambiguity, clarifying the author’s meaning, simplifying obscure language and bureaucratic, technical or specialist jargon.
- Making a manuscript more appealing to an agent or a publisher.
- Checking for any potential legal problems, such as plagiarism, ethical or moral problems, copyright infringements and defamation risks.
- Liaising with or managing staff involved in the production of the publication such as the designer, illustrator, typesetter and printer.
- Maintaining a record of corrections after production for use in any reprints or new editions.
Editors can provide three levels of service, depending on the stage of production: copyediting, proofreading, and structural editing.
Depending on the field they are working in an Editor may also decide on the content of publications or news items to be published and may manage the publication process and the staff involved.
What can I earn as an Editor?
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How to become an Editor
- Complete your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
- Complete a VET qualification such as the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing (22203VIC). Alternatively, complete a bachelor degree in professional writing, journalism, communications, media studies or a related field.
- Read the second edition of the Australian Standards of Editing Practice developed by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).
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