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What does an editor do?

Dictate what articles are published by a media organisation, support authors through the gruelling process of writing a book, refine the plot of a TV show script…the editing profession can take many forms. Regardless of the path you choose, it’s pretty safe to say that proofreading will be involved; from fixing typos, to ensuring the work meets the correct style guide, to copy editing – it all comes with the territory. Editors, also known as copy editors can work in a wide range of industries including, sales and marketing, government and education, and media, however book editors and script editors typically work in the publishing. You could work as a freelance editor or in-house.

Is a career as an editor right for me?

If you have a gift with words, are passionate for grammar and an eye for a good storyline, it’s likely you’d enjoy being an editor. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • exceptional attention to detail
  • strong written communication skills
  • the ability to meet deadlines and project manage
  • an aptitude for using computers
  • the ability to concentrate for long periods.

How to become an editor

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career goals as a copy editor. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of editing:
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Last updated May 2024.

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