Profession editorial assistant

Secretaries (general) use typewriters, personal computers or other word-processing equipment to transcribe correspondence and other documents, check and format documents prepared by other staff, deal with incoming and outgoing mail, screen requests for meetings or appointments, and perform a variety of administrative support tasks.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Related professions journalism, editing

  • Author, writer
  • Columnist, commentator
  • Editor, all other
  • Editor, books
  • Journalist
  • Media correspondent
  • Multimedia developer
  • News analyst
  • Press officer
  • Proofreader
  • Publisher
  • Reporter

Knowledge

  • Desktop publishing

    The creation of documents using page layout skills on a computer. Desktop publishing software can generate layouts and produce typographic quality text and images.

  • Database management systems

    The tools for creating, updating and managing databases, such as Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server.

  • Editorial standards

    The guidelines on how to deal with and report on privacy, children, and death according to impartiality, and other standards.

  • Press law

    The laws concerning the licensing of books and the freedom of expression in all products of the media.

  • Media law

    Set of laws related to the entertainment and telecommunications industry and regulatory activities within the fields of broadcasting, advertising, censorship, and online services.

  • Linguistics

    The scientific study of language and its three aspects, language form, language meaning, and language in context.

Skills

  • Check correctness of information

    Check if the information contains factual errors, is reliable, and has news value.

  • Structure information

    Organise information using systematic methods such as mental models and according to given standards in order to facilitate user information processing and understanding with respect to the specific requirements and characteristics of the output media.

  • Manage information sources

    Identify relevant internal and external information sources and providers. Organise the information workflow and define information deliverables.

  • Use word processing software

    Use computer software applications for composition, editing, formatting, and printing of any sort of written material.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

  • Use spreadsheets

    Use spreadsheet documents for organisation, analysis and data storage in tabular form.

Optional knowledge and skills

participate in editorial meetings edit scripts evaluate interview reports select scripts search databases answer incoming calls authoring software search engines writing techniques audio editing software interview people use specific writing techniques

Common job titles

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  • Journal assistant
  • Editorial assistant - random house children's books
  • Editorial assistant, knopf doubleday
  • Editorial assistant