Associate editors working in print generally work for media companies and publishing houses. Tasks conducted by these professionals may include brainstorming story ideas, assigning stories to writers and editing written pieces before they are published. They must be able to edit pieces for grammar, spelling and style, ensuring that all work fits within their publication's or employer's parameters. Associate editors may also oversee production processes, conduct independent research related to articles that are going to be published and collaborate with other editors. Associate editors working in print may head a single department such as sports, politics or science; in this case, they should be knowledgeable about their subject area.
A bachelor's degree in journalism, English or another relevant field is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position. Previous experience in journalism or editing is needed as well; experience as an editor in a print environment may specifically be requested. Associate editors working in print must be proficient in basic computer software such as the Microsoft Office suite, and they may need to be skilled in other computer-based publishing programs used by their employer. These editors should also be able to pay close attention to detail, have excellent critical thinking skills and be able to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
Associate Editor, Print Tasks
Coordinate with editors, writers, and other team members to meet deadlines.
Assign and oversee contract and freelance staff.
Edit and approve written work prior to publication.
Develop and maintain publishing calendar, making adjustments, and sending reminders.