How to Become a News Editor

News Editor Job Description

News editors are responsible for overseeing the content that composes a news publication. They must assign stories to reporters and photographers, edit content and write or approve headlines. News editors may work for newspapers, magazines and websites.



News Editor Job Duties

  • Pay close attention to the happenings in their coverage area
  • Monitor police scanners and police blotters
  • Inform reporters and other editors as to what needs to be covered for each edition
  • Ensure that clear instructions are given to reporters
  • Review, edit and approve or disapprove stories that reporters and news writers have prepared
  • Oversee content layout of publication
  • React to events that occur without warning, such as a traffic accident or the firing of a city official 



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