Characteristics of copy editors for the future

What do you think are the basic characteristics needed to enter the copy editing field in which distribution systems of  new media are becoming prominent?



  1. When you think about the basic characteristics needed to enter the copy editing field that’s becoming prominent across the media board is that you need to know how to write and edit, the mainly is knowing how to write. If you don’t know how to write, then you can’t really edit. For newspapers, that’s copy editors and for broadcast television, it’s the producers. Writing might sound like the basic job that everyone can do, but it’s not as easy as it seems, especially when you have to write in AP style. This is a style that you have to know and understand to become a better writer and copy editor or producer for TV.
    The next basic characteristic is that copy editors will have to learn all the different aspects of editing besides just copy editing, such as online editor, photo editor, etc. Media is going in such an integrated way that they’ll looking for the “jack of all trades”. When breaking news happens and you’re the only copy editor in the newsroom when it happens, you’ll have to not only approve reporter’s stories, but if the photo editor isn’t there, you’ll have to have an eye for photograph and approve a photo that will go on the front page and then you’ll have to approve the online material as well. These characteristics are what newsrooms across the country are looking for.

    Comment by lamarhreporter — August 31, 2009 @ 4:38 am

  2. True characteristics of a copy editor include the ability to write, the ability to edit, and the ability to be constructive.
    A person must know how to write a story or article before being able to edit one. News writing courses make good means of learning how to write. Also, basic English classes can help a person in the writing scene.
    The ability to edit stems from knowing how to write. An editor must know what kind of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling mistakes to look for in a story or article.
    An editor must have the ability to be constructive. Constructive criticism is much more effective than negative criticism. It not only aids the writer at writing the story, but it also helps build confidence in knowing that he or she is doing good work.
    All of these together sum up characteristics of good copy editors.

    Comment by klshreve — August 31, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  3. New technologies and media outlets that emerged over the years have allowed editors to explore different tasks and jobs that are not usually found in the traditional settings. Types of new media that editors may have to be involved in include web blogs, online print media, and podcasts.
    Web blogs allow the audience to post their personal opinions about given topics that relate to the world around them. It is the editor’s job to take the opinions of the general public and interpret them into future story ideas. Blogging about online articles also aids in what is presented to the public in later stories. If someone is personally offended by an article, the editor can decide whether or not to use the same topic in that article for the future.
    Certain tasks that the editor has to do for online newspapers and magazines can include designing web pages, organizing stories on web pages, downloading and organizing photographs, and posting everything over the internet. An editor’s experience on a regular print media organization can help in the design and organization skills of online media, but navigating articles onto the internet will involve experience with online technology.
    Poscasts and internet videos allow the editor to experiment with digital and visual technology, which is completely different from traditional news media tasks of just laying out photographs and stories. Knowing what types of poscasts will grab the audience’s attention is another job that editors pursue in order to sell their product to the masses.

    Comment by Alesha Bailey — August 31, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

  4. The basic characteristics needed to enter the copy editing world are skills of accuracy, dedication, decision making, being able to stay unbiased,focused and having many other skills needed to complete their job. You have to be able to change and adapt to an ever changing system of new media. The world of journalism is fast paced and a copy editor has to be able to keep up with all the new and exciting changes in new media journalism. Online journalism is starting to become widely accepted among the way the world receives it’s news. Newspapers are becoming less widely seen and online newspapers are starting to become more mainstream. New media is going to keep changing the way copy editors go about their daily jobs and by keeping up with this on a daily basis and educating themselves about new media, copy editors shouldn’t have much of a problem with new media.

    Comment by slbilharz — August 31, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  5. Every successful copy editor should maintain skills in order to carry out their career as best as possible. Accountability, accuracy, discipline. Also, copy editors must be advanced in writing AP style, accepting and being able to take criticism, and always staying loyal to their jobs. Copy editors have a very important job in the news industry. In order to be a good copy editor these skills must be shown every time you sit down to read and edit a story. Without these, our news would not be as factual, distinct and not trusted as much as it should be.

    Comment by Colleen — August 31, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  6. I believe that the basic characteristics of copy editors are the ability to write,read and adapt to any situation. To be a copy editor one has to read well. If you skim or just read quickly you could miss important mistakes that could cost your reputation and the reputation of the newspaper. If you read the story you are editing well you will be able to catch the little mistakes and make the story the best it can be and you help better your reputation and the papers reputation.
    As well as reading you have to be a good writer. Being a good writer gives the editor a set knowledge about certain things in the story. Also, being a good writer will help the editor fix mistakes and make changes to sentences that do not make sense. Having good writing skills will also help the editor re-write something that may not make sense in the story. The editor can now give options to the writer to fix mistakes like miss wording.
    Finally,to be a good copy editor you have to be able to adapt to different situations. Especially now with the new media options. A copy editor needs to be able to edit for an online story one minuet and a broadcast story the next minuet. Today most people do not even read a newspaper so editing a story for a newspaper might be less likely than editing for online. If a copy editor will only work in their comfort zone then they will have a hard time keeping a career with the changing media.

    Comment by Beth Steele — September 1, 2009 @ 12:26 am

  7. I think that aside from a God given talent to write, an individual must posses the basic skills of an Editor. Being a good writer will get you pretty far in your career as far as substance and word-flow goes, but when it comes down to technical skill, you need to be strong there too. You must be accurate in your reporting and your research, fair in your reporting and your writing, and willing to take on whatever challenges come your way. The newer forms of media journalism present difficulties for almost everyone, because they are just that- new. Being patient and doing things the right way will always put you at the top.

    Comment by Kaitlin Sullivan — September 1, 2009 @ 5:23 pm

  8. Editors need to possess many talents, especially in the world of journalism we have today. First of all, editors need basic skills like writing and reporting. They also need to have a thorough knowledge of the stylebook, passion for grammar and correct use of language and a sharp eye for mistakes. An editor needs to be able to check facts for accuracy and fairness. Also, an editor needs to be able to check the whole story for fairness and make sure it represents all sides of the issue and not just one.
    As for up and coming media, editors need to able to think on their toes and be able to make decisions at the drop of hat. Creativity is also an essential part of the job, but if the story doesn’t appeal to the eye, then no reader is going to even give the story a chance. Editors have to make sure the whole package is appealing, including the photo and graphics. People are on the go and tend to not read the whole story. In the end, editors need to possess many skills in order to keep their job in the ever changing world of journalism

    Comment by Kristin Jording — September 3, 2009 @ 3:43 am

  9. Media has unlimited access. America’s population spends most of their day browsing the internet, watching T.V. or reading the paper. To make the publication stand out above others, the editor must improvise and rely upon their knowledge of the industry. Accuracy, grammar, and dedication are all strong factors for good editing. However, working smarter has more benefits than working harder.
    Staff members can put in hours of hard work, but if their perspective fails to bring an audience, their work is just average. Editors must learn to think outside the box and bring new ideas to the table. The way articles are viewed or how they are presented can affect what and even how much the audience decides to read.
    Copy editors are the last to see issue before it is posted and/or printed. What they do or say can create both positive and negative results toward a paper’s credibility and image.

    Comment by Kaitlyn Peters — September 3, 2009 @ 5:04 am

  10. Copy editor must be a person that has an eye for detail and must catch every little mistake in the article. A copy editor must be a person that is very organized, if the editor is organized and it gets really crazy in the newsroom that person will know what is going on. Patience is a big one, copy editor must have a lot of it. Some articles that they might get will need a lot of corrections and might be really confusing. While a copy editor read that article there might be a lot of things going on in the newsroom at that time. In today’s world copy editors must be very good with technology, they might end up doing stuff online or selecting the best picture for the story.

    Comment by Michael Stopka — September 3, 2009 @ 6:13 am

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