Copy Editor/Designer 

(Female, Age 33) from Chesapeake, VA

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At a Glance

Current Job

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Job Title Copy Editor/Designer
Salary $54,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 40
Company Size (not answered)
Location Chesapeake, VA
Years Experience 6 years

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Years in Career 0
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Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
daily newspaper covering southeast Virginia and parts of North Carolina, 200,000 circulation

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
As a copy editor, I edit news and business articles, and write headlines and captions. I also design inside pages and choose the photos to accompany them.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
401(k), health, dental, eyecare

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Absolutely yes — producing a newspaper is a team effort. We are in constant collaboration with each other to get the design right, get the facts straight, choose the right photos and write the best headlines. It’s one of the best things about working here because everyone we hire is all about collaboration.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I work in an office. Because of the nature of our work, we do not have walls separating us and work very close to each other. I like that part because we have constant conversation. The bad part is that our office has no natural light and the office lighting is terrible.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 7
Hours: 6
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 4
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 5
The Actual Work: 1

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?

What was the application process?
submitted resume and cover letter

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
The interview process was two days long. First, there was dinner with the copy editors I’d be working with, where I could ask them frank questions about the job and the environment without any management around. Then I met with my immediate supervisor to critique the paper. The next day, she and I went out for lunch, then met with the managing editor, who oversees the entire newsroom. After that was a question-and-answer session with three editors.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
I can remember, because I’ve become part of the interviewing process now and we use the same questions for everyone. They are in four categories: judgment, teamwork, attention to detail, and achievements.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
I was qualified before arriving at this paper, but on my first day, I sat with a “mentor,” who showed me the ins and outs of the process here and the computer system.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
No. Journalism is mostly learned through internships, not classes.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Absolutely. see above.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Bachelors degree in journalism, complete at least one internship

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
excellent grammar skills, ability to work quickly, creativity, eye for detail, great memory for minutia, social skills

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
college degree

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Learn about the area your newspaper is covering

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 copy editor/designer 3 years 33000 copy editor and page designer for regional daily newspaper
Prior Job 2 ad designer 2 years 23000 designed ads, helped with paste-up process of weekly newspaper

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.7

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.5 Maryland journalism, BA
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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