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WEB PRODUCER/EDITOR: Has Degrees in Magazine Journalism & Childhood Education

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Jessica, a Web Producer & Editor at National Geographic, which means that she organizes, edits, publishes, and promotes the content that other people write for the website. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Magazine Journalism and a Master's degree in Childhood Education, she decided to combine these fields and go into education/publishing.

Degree: Magazine Journalism - Childhood Education
Job Title: Web Producer/Editor
Employer: National Geographic

Job Summary: Editors

Job Description

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. They also review and edit drafts of books and articles, offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

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Editors can gain experience by working on their high school and college newspapers, or for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or not-for-profit organizations.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $100,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
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Full-time, Long hours
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Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
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Creativity, Detail oriented, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Problem solving skills, Networking, Teamwork

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m='12250'>then</span> <span m='12410'>promote</span> <span m='12840'>it</span> <span m='12940'>on</span> <span m='13110'>the</span> <span m='13180'>homepage</span> <span m='14200'>and</span> <span m='14410'>landing</span> <span m='14840'>pages</span> <span m='15290'>on</span> <span m='15450'>our</span> <span m='15540'>website.</span> </p><p><span m='15950'>Landing</span> <span m='16290'>pages</span> <span m='16720'>are</span> <span m='17880'>sort</span> <span m='18080'>of</span> <span m='18250'>the</span> <span m='20200'>main</span> <span m='20560'>pages</span> <span m='21010'>underneath</span> <span m='21450'>the</span> <span m='21560'>homepage.</span> <span m='22040'>So</span> <span m='22230'>for</span> <span m='22330'>example,</span> <span m='22670'>we</span> <span m='22760'>have</span> <span m='22880'>a</span> <span m='22950'>map</span> <span m='23280'>landing</span> <span m='23630'>page</span> <span m='23980'>that</span> <span m='24280'>has all</span> <span m='24683'>our</span> <span m='25086'>map</span> <span m='25490'>content.</span> <span m='25590'>We have</span> <span m='25730'>a</span> <span m='26270'>homework help</span> <span m='26740'>section</span> <span m='27630'>that has</span> <span m='27810'>news</span> <span m='28220'>articles and</span> <span m='28705'>encyclopedic</span> <span m='29190'>entries,</span> <span m='29400'>that</span> <span m='29805'>type</span> <span m='30210'>of</span> <span m='30615'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='31020'>So I</span> <span m='31180'>help</span> <span m='31480'>organize</span> <span m='32400'>and</span> <span m='32880'>publish the</span> <span m='33240'>content.</span> <span m='34050'>And</span> <span m='34230'>then</span> <span m='34370'>in</span> <span m='34480'>terms</span> <span m='34710'>of</span> <span m='35080'>editing,</span> <span m='35470'>I'm</span> <span m='35700'>also</span> <span m='35940'>a</span> <span m='36010'>copy</span> <span m='36270'>editor.</span> <span m='36690'>So</span> <span m='36840'>I</span> <span m='37060'>copy-edit</span> <span m='38360'>print</span> <span m='38740'>and</span> <span m='39030'>online</span> <span m='39290'>text.</span> </p><p><span m='40580'>When</span> <span m='40950'>I</span> <span m='41050'>was</span> <span m='41200'>a</span> <span m='41260'>senior</span> <span m='41610'>in</span> <span m='41690'>high</span> <span m='41850'>school,</span> <span m='42110'>I</span> <span m='42230'>was</span> <span m='42370'>interested</span> <span m='42790'>in</span> <span m='42960'>two</span> <span m='43160'>things--</span> <span m='43530'>writing</span> <span m='44040'>and</span> <span m='44310'>teaching.</span> <span m='45000'>And I</span> <span m='45090'>come</span> <span m='45280'>from</span> <span m='45460'>a</span> <span m='45520'>family</span> <span m='45900'>of</span> <span m='45970'>teachers,</span> <span m='46530'>so</span> <span m='46920'>my</span> <span m='47050'>parents</span> <span m='47750'>really</span> <span m='47990'>thought</span> <span m='48220'>I</span> <span m='48280'>should</span> <span m='48520'>do</span> <span m='48700'>that.</span> <span m='49400'>But</span> <span m='49550'>I</span> <span m='49650'>said</span> <span m='50030'>No.</span> <span m='50420'>Writing's</span> <span m='50850'>more</span> <span m='51300'>interesting,</span> <span m='51760'>more</span> <span m='51850'>exciting.</span> </p><p><span m='52820'>So</span> <span m='53460'>for</span> <span m='53720'>undergrad,</span> <span m='53790'>I went</span> <span m='53970'>to</span> <span m='54030'>school</span> <span m='54470'>and</span> <span m='54710'>studied</span> <span m='55100'>Magazine</span> <span m='55580'>Journalism,</span> <span m='56280'>which</span> <span m='56470'>really</span> <span m='56780'>blew</span> <span m='57050'>the</span> <span m='57140'>minds</span> <span m='57560'>of</span> <span m='57760'>my</span> <span m='57890'>parents.</span> <span m='59020'>They</span> <span m='59210'>said,</span> <span m='59410'>\"What</span> <span m='59550'>are</span> <span m='59600'>you</span> <span m='59720'>ever</span> <span m='59940'>going</span> <span m='60150'>to</span> <span m='60220'>do</span> <span m='60430'>with</span> <span m='60520'>Magazine</span> <span m='60960'>Journalism?\"</span> <span m='61520'>But</span> <span m='61650'>I</span> <span m='61740'>really</span> <span m='62010'>enjoyed</span> <span m='62370'>it,</span> <span m='62650'>studied</span> <span m='62990'>that</span> <span m='63310'>for</span> <span m='63910'>three</span> <span m='64099'>years</span> <span m='64379'>at</span> <span m='64489'>college.</span> </p><p><span m='65019'>And</span> <span m='65160'>then</span> <span m='65310'>my</span> <span m='65420'>senior</span> <span m='65790'>year</span> <span m='66170'>I</span> <span m='66290'>had</span> <span m='66640'>a</span> <span m='66890'>study</span> <span m='67180'>abroad</span> <span m='67510'>in</span> <span m='67650'>Spain.</span> <span m='68030'>And</span> <span m='68160'>in</span> <span m='68220'>the</span> <span m='68300'>spring,</span> <span m='68565'>I</span> <span m='69100'>had</span> <span m='69450'>internships</span> <span m='70150'>in</span> <span m='70420'>New York</span> <span m='70680'>City.</span> <span m='71630'>So</span> <span m='71780'>I</span> <span m='71820'>was</span> <span m='71960'>very</span> <span m='72150'>excited.</span> <span m='72630'>I</span> <span m='72700'>was</span> <span m='72860'>in</span> <span m='72970'>the</span> <span m='73060'>big</span> <span m='73260'>city.</span> <span m='74050'>And</span> <span m='74350'>then</span> <span m='74580'>I</span> <span m='74640'>graduated.</span> <span m='74940'>And</span> <span m='75240'>I</span> <span m='75300'>couldn't</span> <span m='75610'>find</span> <span m='75780'>a</span> <span m='75830'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='76500'>So</span> <span m='76670'>I</span> <span m='76770'>decided</span> <span m='77180'>to</span> <span m='77300'>go to</span> <span m='77430'>grad</span> <span m='77650'>school</span> <span m='78480'>to</span> <span m='78560'>pursue</span> <span m='78730'>my</span> <span m='78870'>other</span> <span m='79140'>interest</span> <span m='79580'>in</span> <span m='79860'>teaching.</span> <span m='81320'>So</span> <span m='81780'>I</span> <span m='82070'>got</span> <span m='82270'>my</span> <span m='82850'>Master's</span> <span m='83300'>degree</span> <span m='83660'>in</span> <span m='83930'>Childhood</span> <span m='84380'>Education.</span> <span m='85710'>And</span> <span m='85970'>then</span> <span m='86130'>I</span> <span m='86190'>graduated,</span> <span m='86860'>and</span> <span m='87150'>I</span> <span m='87210'>couldn't</span> <span m='87400'>find</span> <span m='87590'>a</span> <span m='87640'>job</span> <span m='87860'>as</span> <span m='87980'>a</span> <span m='88040'>teacher.</span> </p><p><span m='89010'>So</span> <span m='89650'>I</span> <span m='89710'>said,</span> <span m='89880'>\"Let me try</span> <span m='90030'>to</span> <span m='90080'>combine</span> <span m='90510'>my</span> <span m='90620'>two</span> <span m='91330'>interests,</span> <span m='91740'>my</span> <span m='91840'>two</span> <span m='92040'>degrees.\"</span> <span m='92600'>And</span> <span m='92930'>I</span> <span m='93000'>got</span> <span m='93300'>a</span> <span m='93390'>job</span> <span m='93770'>as</span> <span m='93960'>a</span> <span m='94010'>contractor</span> <span m='94670'>at</span> <span m='95060'>Scholastic.</span> <span m='95720'>I</span> <span m='95920'>was</span> <span m='96190'>working</span> <span m='97530'>in</span> <span m='97850'>the</span> <span m='98070'>early</span> <span m='98340'>childhood</span> <span m='99100'>magazine</span> <span m='100450'>publishing</span> <span m='100970'>group.</span> <span m='101960'>And</span> <span m='102160'>I</span> <span m='102210'>was</span> <span m='102340'>an</span> <span m='102430'>editorial</span> <span m='102970'>assistant--</span> <span m='103310'>a</span> <span m='103650'>very</span> <span m='103860'>fun</span> <span m='104160'>job--</span> <span m='104620'>but</span> <span m='104860'>I</span> <span m='105040'>said</span> <span m='105290'>I</span> <span m='105360'>need</span> <span m='105560'>a</span> <span m='105600'>full-time</span> <span m='106040'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='106390'>So</span> <span m='106540'>after</span> <span m='106790'>about</span> <span m='107060'>seven</span> <span m='107320'>months,</span> <span m='107680'>I</span> <span m='107880'>looked</span> <span m='108150'>on</span> <span m='108340'>the</span> <span m='109140'>HR</span> <span m='109440'>site for</span> <span m='109830'>National</span> <span m='110180'>Geographic,</span> <span m='110840'>and</span> <span m='111130'>there</span> <span m='111280'>was</span> <span m='111610'>a</span> <span m='111700'>job</span> <span m='112090'>in</span> <span m='112440'>the</span> <span m='113000'>Education</span> <span m='113400'>Department.</span> <span m='114320'>I</span> <span m='114410'>applied.</span> <span m='114870'>It</span> <span m='115060'>was a</span> <span m='115100'>very</span> <span m='115350'>long</span> <span m='115620'>process,</span> <span m='116110'>about</span> <span m='116410'>four</span> <span m='116610'>months.</span> <span m='117100'>And</span> <span m='117670'>they</span> <span m='118090'>hired me.</span> </p><p><span m='118990'>In</span> <span m='119150'>retrospect,</span> <span m='119970'>I'm</span> <span m='120120'>proud</span> <span m='120380'>of</span> <span m='120460'>my</span> <span m='120600'>high</span> <span m='120720'>school</span> <span m='121000'>self</span> <span m='121500'>for</span> <span m='121650'>following</span> <span m='121970'>my</span> <span m='122080'>interests</span> <span m='122620'>and</span> <span m='122780'>pursuing</span> <span m='123150'>magazine</span> <span m='123610'>journalism,</span> <span m='124500'>rather</span> <span m='124830'>than</span> <span m='125140'>listening</span> <span m='125520'>to</span> <span m='125600'>my</span> <span m='125700'>parents,</span> <span m='126075'>who</span> <span m='126450'>didn't</span> <span m='126620'>really</span> <span m='126860'>understand</span> <span m='127340'>my</span> <span m='127440'>dreams.</span> <span m='128970'>I</span> <span m='129080'>can't</span> <span m='129340'>really</span> <span m='129550'>count</span> <span m='129990'>the</span> <span m='130120'>number</span> <span m='130449'>of</span> <span m='130539'>internships</span> <span m='131180'>that</span> <span m='131320'>I've</span> <span m='131500'>had.</span> <span m='132620'>And</span> <span m='132810'>I</span> <span m='132890'>recommend</span> <span m='133340'>getting</span> <span m='133610'>as</span> <span m='133830'>much</span> <span m='135420'>hands-on</span> <span m='135560'>experience</span> <span m='136030'>as</span> <span m='136170'>possible,</span> <span m='136740'>getting</span> <span m='137050'>to</span> <span m='137290'>talk</span> <span m='137520'>to</span> <span m='137630'>people,</span> <span m='138050'>and</span> <span m='138250'>really</span> <span m='138500'>understand</span> <span m='139020'>the</span> <span m='139100'>field</span> <span m='139510'>that</span> <span m='139640'>you're</span> <span m='139790'>interested</span> <span m='140190'>in</span> <span m='140370'>before</span> <span m='140650'>you</span> <span m='141080'>pursue</span> <span m='141210'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":381877,"video_id":"3407243254001","name":"2422-Jessica-NatGeoWeb1","duration":142130,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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