What is 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.



Typical 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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