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Editors review, evaluate and edit manuscripts, articles, news reports and other material for publication, broadcast or interactive media and co-ordinate the activities of writers, journalists and other staff. They are employed by publishing firms, magazines, journals, newspapers, radio and television networks and stations, and by companies and government departments that produce publications such as newsletters, handbooks, manuals and Web sites. Editors may also work on a freelance basis. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below.
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based career information
- A Day in the Life of an Editor - The Princeton Review
- Sokanu: Editor - occupational information and featured videos
- Interviews from StudyinCanada.com: Trade Magazine Editor, Proofreader
- So, You Want to Be an Editor? - Editors Canada
- Michelle Clough: Editing and writing in the video game industry - event review from Iva Cheung.
- What Editors Do - Alexander M. Freed: Writer of Video Games, Novels, Comics
- A Day in the Life of a Book Editor... - from Poets & Writers magazine
- Podcast Interviews: Editing & Publishing - Scripts & Scribes
A bachelor's degree in English, French, journalism or a related discipline is usually required to be an Editor, along with several years of experience in journalism, writing, publishing or a related field. Membership in the Editors Association of Canada may also be required. Editors who specialize in a specific subject matter may be required to have training in that subject. (NOC)
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
Visit U of M's faculty and department homepage to learn about program application deadlines and processes, as well as additional in-house resources and opportunities.
- Faculty of Arts - departments list (English, French and others)
- Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture - Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
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Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Robert Half Salary Guide for Creative & Marketing Professionals - salary and hiring trends (must provide an email for access)
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Manitoba Editors' Association
- Editors' Association of Canada
- Manitoba Writers' Guild Inc.
- Editorial Freelancers Association (U.S.)
- ACES: The Society for Editing (U.S.)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Canadian Publishers' Council
- Creative Manitoba
- Literary Press Group of Canada - member Canadian literary book publishers
- Association of Canadian Publishers - members list
- Magazines Canada - member directory
- Cultural Human Resource Council of Canada
- Entertainment Software Association of Canada
Search the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- Active Voice - magazine of Editors Canada
- Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival
- 7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing - Huffington Post
- Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing - from Simon Fraser University
- Editor and Publisher - online journal
- Canadian Institute of Communication Agencies
- Canadian Council for the Arts
- American Society of Journalists and Authors
- Dictionary Society of North America - for careers in Lexicography