The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
Editorial Writer, Newspapers & Magazines
|Overview:||Editorial writers investigate and research current topics about which there is a public debate or confusion such as in politics, taxes, new laws, war, abortion, etc. They write and publish their options in newspapers and magazines to mold public opinion.|
|Duties:||Attend conferences & events regarding issues & topics that are currently of concern to readers of a newspaper or a magazine. They gather and interpret facts and information for an issue.
Write his/her personal views and opinions for publication in an attempt to sway public opinion in a given direction. Issues include taxes, elections, new laws, foreign governments, etc.
They conduct interviews with key persons who represent different sides of an issue to understand their arguments for or against an action. They use their quotes in writing an editorial.
May design and conduct small scale opinion surveys of readers or other groups of persons relevant to the issues being researched. They interpret and use the survey results in published writings.
|Degree(s):||A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of editorial writer, newspapers and magazines, is expected to decline slowly through 2018. Consolidation of newspapers and syndication will contribute to the decline. Best opportunities will be in new online media and competition will continue to be tough.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$28,000 to $32,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||Most employers prefer to hire editorial writers with a bachelor's degree in communications, journalism or English and with a broad liberal arts background. For those who deal with technical or specialized topics, a background in that field--computers, business, law politics, etc. is essential.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.