CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Editors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Editors
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors. Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.
 
Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
 
Allocate print space for story text, photos, and illustrations according to space parameters and copy significance, using knowledge of layout principles.
 
Plan the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
 
Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
 
Review and approve proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.
 
Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.
 
Oversee publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, ensuring adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.
 
Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing news stories.
 
Assign topics, events and stories to individual writers or reporters for coverage.
 
Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.
 
Monitor news-gathering operations to ensure utilization of all news sources, such as press releases, telephone contacts, radio, television, wire services, and other reporters.
 
Meet frequently with artists, typesetters, layout personnel, marketing directors, and production managers to discuss projects and resolve problems.
 
Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.
 
Make manuscript acceptance or revision recommendations to the publisher.
 
Select local, state, national, and international news items received from wire services, based on assessment of items' significance and interest value.
 
Interview and hire writers and reporters or negotiate contracts, royalties, and payments for authors or freelancers.
 
Direct the policies and departments of newspapers, magazines and other publishing establishments.
 
Arrange for copyright permissions.
 
Read material to determine index items and arrange them alphabetically or topically, indicating page or chapter location.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Editors
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Editors
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Editors
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Editors
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Editors
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Advertising Editor
Art Editor
Assignment Editor
Avid Editor
Book Editor
Bureau Chief
Business Editor
Censor
City Editor
Communications Editor
Computer Publisher, Editing
Congressional Editor
Continuity Director
Continuity Editor
Continuity Reader
Copy Desk Chief
Copy Editor
Copy Reader
Department Editor
Design Editor
Dictionary Editor
Editor
Editor in Chief
Editor-in-Chief
Editorial Assistant
Editorial Director
Editorial Specialist
Fashion Editor
Features Editor
Food Editor
Greeting Card Editor
Health Editor
Index Editor
Legal Editor
Magazine Editor
Make Up Editor
Managing Editor
Manuscript Editor
Manuscript Reader
Market Editor
Medical Editor
News Editor
Newspaper Copy Editor
Newspaper Editor
Newspaper Managing Editor
Newspaper Photo Editor
Online Editor
Photo Editor
Play Reader
Practice Area Editor
Production Editor
Program Proposals Coordinator
Proofreader
Publication Editor
Publications Editor
Publishing Editor
Reader
Reviewer
Rewrite Editor
Science Editor
Scientific Publications Editor
Script Editor
Script Reader
Slot Editor
Society Editor
Sports Editor
Story Editor
Story Reader
Technical Editor
Telegraph Editor
Web Editor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Publications/Media/Print
Benchmark Title: Editors
 
 
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