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Top 30 newspaper editor Interview Questions

If you have a 300-page document that's a rush job and you must edit it by the end of the day, how would you approach the task to ensure timely delivery?
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Question 2 of 31
How would you handle sensitive writers who question every edit you make?
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"A lot of writers are sensitive, which is understandable because they often put their heart and soul into it and they're doing the very best that they can. As an editor, I might be making tiny little edits on grammar and punctuation, which the writer might see as a slight. So I need to acknowledge their good work and the efforts they make. I might not have time to talk about every little edit, so I'll ask them to write down all their concerns so that we can have a meeting where we can talk about the newspaper's expectations and guidelines. That way we can meet the deadline and the writer still gets to be heard and understood."
An editor is a leader and manager of people and must therefore show sound judgment of character as well as diplomacy. A sensitive person will require patience and compassion in conjunction with firmness. This kind of person is best led through a combination of consent and firmness. Explain your understanding of the underlying principle of how you should lead this kind of person. Then talk about what actions you would take, bearing in mind that there are always deadlines to meet.
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Question 3 of 31
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course? Which was your most challenging?
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"I really enjoyed my creative nonfiction course because it taught me many different ways to convey a single truth, which I think is going to be a great asset in the human interest pieces. And the most challenging course was poetry. In that class, I learned how to do close readings and how to give effective constructive criticism, which definitely will help the writers turn in their work faster."
The duties of a newspaper editor require strong attention to detail in the way that language is used. To choose your favorite course, think about a class where you enjoyed paying attention to the use of language. To choose your most challenging course, think about a class in which you made a big leap forward in your education as it relates to planning, revising, or reviewing written content. Choose courses where you're able to demonstrate growth in areas that are important to the publication and department you're applying for. For instance, some newspapers may focus on politics while others may focus on local news, or you may be applying to edit for the food section or the human interest section. When possible, bring examples to life by relating them to benefits to the newspaper or department.
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Question 4 of 31
What is your ideal company culture?
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"I like a progressive company that's always looking for ways to improve and that's willing to commit to small experiments to make incremental improvements. Ideally, I'd be working with people who are just as committed to excellence as I am, and my boss will be open to letting me earn her trust so that there's less communication overhead, meaning I can be more efficient and not encounter any bottlenecks that might delay my work and cause me to miss deadlines."
The answer to this can be a complex one. In order to give the interviewer confidence that you'll fit into the organization over the long term, do some research on what current employees are saying. Check out company reviews like Glassdoor and see if you can connect with employees—past or present—on LinkedIn or any other social media. Get a sense of the pace, the relational style, and the expected behaviors. To develop your response, think about how you like to be treated; the quantity of work expected; and any other factors that are important to you. Imagine that you've already been extended the offer: what questions would you have that concern whether you would be happy in this position and in this organization? How do you want your boss to treat you? What are the non-negotiables, the things tat are absolutely essential? In your response, speak on three different topics: what the values that drive company's demands and expectations for the employees; how you're expected to accomplish that (e.g. job duties); and who you're working with.
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Question 5 of 31
What would your previous supervisor say about your time management skills?
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Question 6 of 31
Give an example of a time when you had to edit or write a piece under a strict deadline. How did you ensure that you met the deadline?
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Question 7 of 31
How would you handle a freelance writer who handed in subpar work?
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Question 8 of 31
What is your greatest weakness as an editor? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 9 of 31
Do you prefer working with print, or online publications?
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Question 10 of 31
You have 2 major headlines that are both worthy of a spot on the first page. How do you choose?
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Question 11 of 31
Tell me about your leadership style.
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Question 12 of 31
Do you have a mentor in the editing industry, or any particular writer or publication that you admire?
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Question 13 of 31
How comfortable are you with assisting in newspaper design layout?
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Question 14 of 31
As a newspaper editor you may be asked to work overtime, evenings or weekends. Are you available to work long and flexible hours?
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Question 15 of 31
If you could write a book on any topic, what would it be?
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Question 16 of 31
Would you consider yourself to be more analytical or creative by nature?
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Question 17 of 31
Considering your background is in a different industry than ours, how do you think you'll fit into the job?
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Question 18 of 31
Tell me about your editing and proofreading process.
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Question 19 of 31
What do you like most about being an editor?
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Question 20 of 31
What do you know about our company?
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Question 21 of 31
Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for me, focusing on your work as an editor and writer.
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Question 22 of 31
Name one thing that you feel you can do better than other Editors you have worked with previously.
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Question 23 of 31
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 24 of 31
How do you prioritize when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
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Question 25 of 31
What books/magazines/newspapers do you enjoy reading?
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Question 26 of 31
Do you read any blogs on writing and editing? Which ones? What do you like about these?
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Question 27 of 31
Why are you the best newspaper editor for us?
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Question 28 of 31
What are your 3 greatest strengths as an editor?
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Question 29 of 31
Why did you choose to apply with our company?
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Question 30 of 31
What are your career goals as an Editor?
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Question 31 of 31
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?
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Question 1 of 31
If you have a 300-page document that's a rush job and you must edit it by the end of the day, how would you approach the task to ensure timely delivery?
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By having a cool mind and finding happiness in it.
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I would get some chocolates and tea and sit down and get it done in one sitting.
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I would keep the story short and exciting, but still keep the details in place.
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Calculate how many pages I could do per hour realistically and whatever is left over, delegate to other staff.
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We live in the 21st century and there are many online applications that can be used to edit large documents, so I would us one of them.
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Deadlines are important! If the piece is a rush job, then I would first edit it for flow, continuity, and accuracy. Once done, I would give it the spelling and grammar review and then get it ready to go to press.
Question 2 of 31
How would you handle sensitive writers who question every edit you make?
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I would appreciate their criticism and keep what they say in consideration for the next time I edit.
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I would have a private meeting to understand how they are feeling and what they feel when I edit their work. I would explain that their work is very good (if it was!) and that editing it was just bringing it up to scratch with house-style. They don't need to take it personally as it is not a reflection on the quality of their work, it's just my job to do that.
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I will explain my edits in a calm assertive manner.
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I will tell them that we need to cater for a broad market, and not individual needs.
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Will talk with them and understand how they want me to edit.
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In this situation, I've been the writer before. I understand how hard reporters work on their stories and the pride they have in their work. However, I also understand the extreme importance in a second set of eyes. Not even the best pulitzer prize winning writers would submit their work without a second set of eyes editing. In our work, we can't afford to make mistakes. I think it's worth it to get picked apart the avoid errors. There are also ways to explain edits to sensitive writers that eases a feeling of a takeover of their work. For example, I think using phrases like, "What would you think if we worded it this way?". It's important to explain edits to writers. I'm sure there are also instances where the writer will defend their content as is, and as an editor, you understand why.
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Tell them it is not at all personal and you are just doing your job to the best of your abilities.
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Keep calm, and not defend myself.Try understand from their own perspective.Combine both of our opinion and reach a conclusion.
Question 3 of 31
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course? Which was your most challenging?
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I have been on the newspaper since the beginning of freshmen year, and I have only missed maybe 2 meetings. I am dedicated and will be at every meeting.
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I am doing bba from kinnaird college.
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I did my education in yuvakshetra college and I have worked as a junior editor in a renowned newspaper too.
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Completed my bachelors in english literature, currently doing my M.Phil. In my second year which will focus on my thesis also related to editing.
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First class honours degree, diploma in journalism, photography course, bi-lingual.
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I attend the University of Trinidad and Tobago, where I am pursuing my BA in Literature Education. I am in my second year I am training to become a secondary school teacher.
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I studies Business Communication and worked at a publishing company and small magazine as a student journalist. I loved every moment of my experiential training year and acquired great experienced with researching, finding new angles for articles, checking content, interviews, etc.
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I am currently in my second year studying journalism.
Question 4 of 31
What is your ideal company culture?
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Anything which helps the community in a positive way x.
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A company that specialises in travel writing, that delivers excellent quality writing work, seeks to create a collaboration between writer and company.
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A company that seeks my interest and provides all the necessary resources for me to perform at my greatest potential.
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A company with a friendly and accommodating vibe where creativity is appreciated.
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The company that put first the needs of the people.
Question 5 of 31
What would your previous supervisor say about your time management skills?
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I try my best, nobody is perfect but I like to be on time for anything.
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Yes, I believe so. I prefer to make lists to prioritize.
Question 6 of 31
Give an example of a time when you had to edit or write a piece under a strict deadline. How did you ensure that you met the deadline?
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I had to write several research papers during my first year if M.Phil. It was tough but I managed to organise my work according to my deadlines and got it done.
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I never had to edit anything under a strict deadline but if I did I believe the only way to meet the deadline is to deal with it as soon as possible.
Question 7 of 31
How would you handle a freelance writer who handed in subpar work?
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In a professional manner.
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I would provide them with guidelines of how the company expects the work and some pointers on how to write articles. They coud also shadow one of the senior writers to their work.
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Every person has a different definition of what is subpar, but if it were to me I would not tell the writer that his work is subpar I would say that there are numerous things that could be done to improve it.
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I almost dealt with similar situations on a weekly and sometimes daily basis during my time as editor at Urban-Econ. I would have got a 40 page report from a Russian manager with a very technical writing style, and needed to edit the entire document in less than an hour. With time, I learned what to look for, and speed read forward and backwards for spelling mistakes, and sentence structuring; however their was no time to waste.
Question 8 of 31
What is your greatest weakness as an editor? What are you doing to improve it?
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My greatest strength is also my greatest weakness, I do not give up which means that I am a perfectionist. To improve this I stop, take deep breath and accept the fact that nobody is perfect.
Question 9 of 31
Do you prefer working with print, or online publications?
Question 10 of 31
You have 2 major headlines that are both worthy of a spot on the first page. How do you choose?
Question 11 of 31
Tell me about your leadership style.
Question 12 of 31
Do you have a mentor in the editing industry, or any particular writer or publication that you admire?
Question 13 of 31
How comfortable are you with assisting in newspaper design layout?
Question 14 of 31
As a newspaper editor you may be asked to work overtime, evenings or weekends. Are you available to work long and flexible hours?
Question 15 of 31
If you could write a book on any topic, what would it be?
Question 16 of 31
Would you consider yourself to be more analytical or creative by nature?
Question 17 of 31
Considering your background is in a different industry than ours, how do you think you'll fit into the job?
Question 18 of 31
Tell me about your editing and proofreading process.
Question 19 of 31
What do you like most about being an editor?
User-Submitted Answers
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Being an editor means you get to help people with their writing, and I like to read other people's work. I also just like helping people improve on what they already have.
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I like reading other's work and trying my best to help them make it even better. Also, most likely mistakes that I will come across are probably ones that I would make and so they help me become a better writer as well.
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One can improve their English and grammar skills, one can also gain a lot of exposure for their writing depending on which editing firm they work for.
Question 20 of 31
What do you know about our company?
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Newsday produces one of the top Newspapers within the country. I do not know more than that but what I can say is that the crossword puzzles are much harder when compared to the other leading newspapers.
Question 21 of 31
Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for me, focusing on your work as an editor and writer.
User-Submitted Answers
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At a job no but father is an architect so many times he has documents to correct so I will just do those. I also write so I edit my own work.
Question 22 of 31
Name one thing that you feel you can do better than other Editors you have worked with previously.
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I will not say that I am the best, I think that each person is has their own gift, mine is an undying will to keep going even when things that going my way, so if you choose me that is what you are going to get, a relentless worker.
Question 23 of 31
How do you handle stressful situations?
Question 24 of 31
How do you prioritize when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
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I list in order from the most important to least important.
Question 25 of 31
What books/magazines/newspapers do you enjoy reading?
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I enjoy reading my Toastmasters magazines for inspiration and newspapers so that I can know what is happening in the country.
Question 26 of 31
Do you read any blogs on writing and editing? Which ones? What do you like about these?
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Yes, mostly random blogs I encounter. They are very useful when practically handling work.
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I have read blogs but I cannot remember any of them at this time. What I could say is that they did help me to improve my writing and editing greatly which is why I am here today.
Question 27 of 31
Why are you the best newspaper editor for us?
Question 28 of 31
What are your 3 greatest strengths as an editor?
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I never give up when faced with failure.
Question 29 of 31
Why did you choose to apply with our company?
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Because it is exactly what I was looking for.
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I want to be a writer and my become an editor I can not only share my expertise I will be in an environment where my work may get more recognition.
Question 30 of 31
What are your career goals as an Editor?
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Hopefully to become a writer one day.
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To improve my writing skills, because I believe as an editor or in life in general one can never stop learning or perfecting their craft. So yes eventually I want to become a lecturer.
Question 31 of 31
When have you had to be extra thorough in completing tasks?

About newspaper editor

December 11th, 2014

Editing is the process of selecting and preparing language, images, sound, video, or film through processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications in various media. A person who edits is called an editor. In a sense, the editing process originates with the idea for the work itself and continues in the relationship between the author and the editor. Editing is, therefore, also a practice that includes creative skills, human relations, and a precise set of methods.

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