- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of media production and communication
- the ability to read English
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent written communication skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Depending on the publication you work for as an editor, your day-to-day tasks may include:
- commissioning articles
- choosing which articles to publish
- deciding how they’ll be laid out for publishing
- assessing work sent from freelance journalists, photographers and illustrators
You could work in an office.
With experience as a local newspaper editor you could move on to regional and then national publications.
You could become editor-in-chief of a group of newspapers, or magazine publishers.
You can find out more about becoming a newspaper and magazine editor from:National Council for the Training of Journalists
You can find out about other editorial and media careers from:Discover Creative Careers