There are various types of Editors when discussing this career description. There are: Writing Editors, Movie Editors, Newspaper Editors, Fashion Editors, Magazine Editors, Book Editors, Online Editors, Etc. A basic Editor career description would best be described as being tasked with reading through the writing content submitted to the Editor from the Writer. Correcting words that are mispelled, sentences that are incomplete or that need to be written in order for the sentence or paragraph to flow properly. Making certain that the photos used for the writing actually match the content. Making certain that the writing is flowing in the proper order to tell the story in a meaningful way and to be able to completely understand the sequence of events. The Editor will read through and correct the work that the Writer submitted and at times may need to refer back to the Writer to obtain further understanding to be able to accurately edit the topic.
Once the Editor has gone through every single page of writing that has been submitted, checked the words, the contect, the flow, the photos, etc., then the Editor will send the entire contect with the appropriate changes made and send it back to the Writer to review and approve.
The Writer needs to review and approve because if an Editor is not careful or is not completely familiar with the topic being written about, then their modifications could change the entire meaning of what the Writer was trying to convey. That is why having the Writer review and approve the changes is a major step in the Editor process.
Once the content has been reviewed and approved by the Writer, it is returned to the Editor so that the content can move forward to be submitted for publishing.