Job Title: Assistant Editor
Type of Company: I work for a non-profit organization that lobbies Congress on behalf the nuclear submarine community.
Education: Community College, Associates degree, business
Previous Experience: I worked as a data-entry clerk and trained to become a publications designer.
Job Tasks: I'm now an assistant editor at a technical magazine, in charge of proof-reading stories and technical information and preparing them for publication, and I work directly with our writers.
A typical work day begins for me with the receipt of material that we'll be using in an upcoming issue. I take these articles or statistical tables and format them, stripping them of the formatting they were given in Word, let's say, and prepping them for insertion in the magazine. Once I've accumulated about 160 pages worth, or enough for an issue, I merge the files together, leaving room for advertisements and the regular columns that appear in each issue.
I also work closely with our advertisers, keeping copies of the magazine for them, and making sure they meet the deadlines for submissions. I really get a kick out of working with the World War II veterans who write for us, who have awesome stories to share.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: One of the best parts of my job is meeting the people who write for us, many of whom have incredible stories to tell and have lived vivid and interesting lives. I am lucky too to be able to work with the active-duty military officers who contribute to the magazine.
The worst part of the job is the deadline pressure. And I am anxious all the time that I will fail to catch a typo.
Job Tips: This job has become a lot easier over the years thanks to changes in technology, and especially software and personal computers. It helps to be a detailed-oriented, to write English with facility and ease and, always, to be flexible. It also helps to know certain computer programs, including Photoshop and Quark. But the field is extremely fluid, and the software's sure to change.
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