Your guide to become an Editor in Malaysia

Average Salary

RM 3,300 - 4,300

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Who is an Editor?

Editors proofread written content for grammar and spelling errors, come up with story ideas, manage and lead a team of writers, besides writing features, conducting interviews and planning content ahead of time.

Editors work for newspapers, magazines and book publishers, and online publications. If you are one with many creative ideas sprouting from your head, and someone who loves to write, then the blood of an Editor is flowing in you! From stories to articles, you will be writing a variety of topics and issues around the world depending on your specialty or the area your company is in. Every single book or article that you have read, regardless physical copies or online, there is a team of amazi...

Editors work for newspapers, magazines and book publishers, and online publications. If you are one with many creative ideas sprouting from your head, and someone who loves to write, then the blood of an Editor is flowing in you! From stories to articles, you will be writing a variety of topics and issues around the world depending on your specialty or the area your company is in. Every single book or article that you have read, regardless physical copies or online, there is a team of amazing writers behind it to give you the best reading experience. Hence, if you are good in writing and have a great command of the language, then you can certainly pursue this career.

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The pros and cons of being an Editor:

Pros

Get to work creatively and work with fellow writers

Postgraduate qualification is not necessay

Can work as a freelancer

Cons

Long work hours and may be on-call to meet deadlines

Job can be stressful ecpecially when verifying data

Strong competition especially in print publishing

What are all the responsibilities of an Editor ?

Go through contents and fix errors in grammar and spelling

Rewrite an article to make it easier for an audience to understand

Verify the facts presented in the article

Judge submissions by writers and determine which article to publish

Help writers improve upon their stories

Publish editorial pieces

Develop stories that are suitable to your audience

Allocate space for photos, graphs and other graphics

Approve final versions of articles

What skills do you need to become an Editor?

Having an attention for detail

Most errors are minor and you will really need to be precise and detailed to notice it. Not only that, some mistakes can only be detected after you have proofread it several times. In the world of publishing, you should always be meticulous and careful to avoid and prevent as many mistakes as possible.

Great research skills

Everything that will be published must be facts and accurate information. With that said, you will need to be good at finding sources or journals that can prove your point and support your writing to make it more solid. This will also avoid the issues of misleading and publishing unreliable information.

Being well versed in the language you’re editing in

In order to be correcting mistakes and writing beautifully in a way that everyone can understand, of course, you would need to have great linguistic skills, especially in the language that you will be using and applying. Even if the information is complex, you will need to compile all the necessary information and figure out how to write it out in a simple way for the public using your skills.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become an Editor?

What are the requirements to be an Editor?

With the world being so competitive these days, it’s best to get a degree in Journalism Broadcast, Language Studies or Communications if you would like to pursue this career. Postgraduate degrees are not necessary as long as you have a good grasp of the language you are writing in.

What are the working hours of an Editor?

The working hours of Editors are quite hectic as you would have to meet multiple tight deadlines and ensure that you publish the correct information so you will probably have to work overtime to get everything done before the articles are published.

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