Profession editorial assistant

Editorial assistants support the editorial staff at all stages of the publication process of newspapers, websites, online newsletters, books and journals. They collect, verify and process information, acquire permits and deal with rights. Editorial assistants act as point of contact for the editorial staff, schedule appointments and interviews. They proofread and give recommendations on the content.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Database management systems

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

  • 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.

  • Linguistics

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

  • Editorial standards

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • Check correctness of information

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

  • 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.

  • Use spreadsheets

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

  • Manage information sources

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

  • Consult information sources

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

  • Use word processing software

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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