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Newspaper Editors

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

News editors are among the most experienced workers on a newspaper. They should be skilled at assessing story angles and ideas, fine-tuning others’ writing, and creating headlines that will grab readers’ attention. News editors need a solid background in planning content for publication in a variety of media, including print, blogs, and Web sites. Editors should have experience overseeing others in a fast-paced environment. They must be patient as reporters flesh out details of stories and have a proven track record in meeting deadlines. Oftentimes they act as mentors, motivating and encouraging their reporters.

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