How Do I Become a Page Editor?

Page editors may work on specific sections for newspapers and magazines, like the opinion, sports or business pages. Read on to learn about the steps to finding a career as a page editor, daily duties and potential income. Schools offering English Reading & Writing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Page Editor?

Page editors review stories for newspapers or magazines to prepare them for publication. They check stories for grammatical errors, misspelled words and incorrect punctuation. They may also rewrite sections to make a piece easier to understand. Editors frequently verify facts to ensure the accuracy of the story, and they may handle formatting issues as well, which can include placing photographs, illustrations and other graphics in text.

Take a look at the following chart for an overview of how to enter this field.

Degree Required Bachelor's degree
Education Field of Study Communications, journalism or English
Key Responsibilities Review stories for mistakes, rewrite stories, check facts and page formatting
Projected Job Outlook (2014-2024) -5% (for all editors)*
Median Salary (2015) $56,010 (for all editors)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Degree Is Needed to Become a Page Editor?

In the publishing industry, a typical requirement for prospective editors is that you have at least a bachelor's degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Common 4-year degree programs that can lead to positions in newspaper editing include those for journalism or English; these typically include courses in media writing, page design, research methodology, editing techniques and the legal issues facing the newspaper and magazine industry.

How Can I Get Experience?

It's not required at all schools, but increasingly journalism schools require you to complete internships, sometimes called residencies, as part of their studies. An internship, usually scheduled at a school-approved location, allows you to learn about the day-to-day operations of a newspaper or similar publication.

What Might My Duties Be?

As an editor, whether your assignment is the opinion page or the sports page, you may be responsible for supervising other employees, designing pages, writing and editing articles or preparing photographs for publication.

As an opinion page editor, you might be responsible for soliciting editorial topics from your newspaper's editorial board, compiling letters to the editor and editing submissions for content, clarity and word-length. You may also do the layout for the editorial section.

What Can I Expect to Earn?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), editors' incomes vary based on state and industry. For example, editors in New York earned an annual average of $80,340 in 2015, while editors in Minnesota earned an average of $57,940 that same year. Editors working for newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers made an average annual salary of $64,060 in 2015, which is slightly less than the average for all editors that same year, $64,910.

The BLS notes that of the 96,690 editors surveyed in 2015, most of them earned between $29,230 and $109,760 per year.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

Announcers work in broadcasting, where they present songs, news stories, weather predictions and other programming. When working on stories, they sometimes have to conducted their own research, write scripts and edit their work before going on air. Most have a bachelor's degree in journalism, broadcasting or communications, though it's not always required. Technical writers are trained in technical communications, and they typically write operating manuals, journal articles and other technical publications. Most have a bachelor's degree in journalism, English or communications.

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