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WEB PRODUCER/EDITOR, IN-DEPTH: Persistence Is Key

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Jessica, a Web Producer & Editor at National Geographic, who organizes, edits, publishes, and promotes the content that other people write for the website, describes what she likes most about her job, its challenges, whether it's hard to get a job in her field, and work-life balance. She loves interacting with teachers and students, and the travel, most of all.

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

Additional Info

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
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, People skills, Networking

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m='12770'>Park</span> <span m='13300'>and</span> <span m='13600'>I</span> <span m='13900'>get</span> <span m='14220'>to</span> <span m='14910'>teach</span> <span m='15170'>kids</span> <span m='15360'>about</span> <span m='15520'>engineering.</span> </p><p><span m='16379'>A</span> <span m='16490'>challenge</span> <span m='17280'>for</span> <span m='17680'>me</span> <span m='18220'>is</span> <span m='18760'>actually</span> <span m='19100'>spending</span> <span m='19480'>most</span> <span m='19750'>of</span> <span m='19800'>my</span> <span m='19960'>time</span> <span m='20350'>indoors.</span> <span m='20900'>So</span> <span m='21140'>I</span> <span m='21280'>said</span> <span m='21510'>I</span> <span m='21590'>love</span> <span m='21810'>to</span> <span m='21930'>travel,</span> <span m='22330'>which</span> <span m='22480'>is</span> <span m='22670'>true,</span> <span m='23240'>but</span> <span m='23450'>I</span> <span m='23540'>only</span> <span m='23770'>do</span> <span m='23940'>it</span> <span m='24020'>a</span> <span m='24070'>few</span> <span m='24250'>times</span> <span m='24620'>a</span> <span m='24740'>year.</span> <span m='25530'>And</span> <span m='25600'>I</span> <span m='25910'>really</span> <span m='26210'>love</span> <span m='26400'>the</span> <span m='26550'>outdoors.</span> <span m='26930'>I</span> <span m='26980'>really</span> <span m='27220'>love</span> <span m='27430'>interacting</span> <span m='27920'>with</span> <span m='28120'>kids.</span> <span m='28510'>It's</span> <span m='28660'>something</span> <span m='29010'>I</span> <span m='29090'>wish</span> <span m='29310'>I</span> <span m='29370'>could</span> <span m='29600'>do</span> <span m='30040'>more</span> <span m='30315'>of</span> <span m='30900'>because</span> <span m='31210'>it</span> <span m='31310'>is</span> <span m='31480'>my</span> <span m='31610'>favorite</span> <span m='31910'>part</span> <span m='32090'>of</span> <span m='32130'>my</span> <span m='32259'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='33050'>And</span> <span m='33470'>also</span> <span m='33720'>I</span> <span m='33830'>find</span> <span m='34080'>it</span> <span m='34190'>difficult</span> <span m='34690'>to</span> <span m='35150'>always</span> <span m='35370'>keep</span> <span m='35520'>up</span> <span m='35650'>with</span> <span m='35780'>emails.</span> <span m='36290'>I</span> <span m='36380'>never</span> <span m='36700'>knew,</span> <span m='37370'>when</span> <span m='37570'>I</span> <span m='37660'>was</span> <span m='37840'>in</span> <span m='37960'>high</span> <span m='38090'>school</span> <span m='38340'>and</span> <span m='38430'>college,</span> <span m='38770'>how</span> <span m='38940'>big</span> <span m='39250'>email</span> <span m='39780'>would</span> <span m='40010'>be</span> <span m='40200'>a</span> <span m='40260'>part</span> <span m='40490'>of</span> <span m='40550'>my</span> <span m='40700'>life.</span> <span m='41020'>It</span> <span m='41520'>just</span> <span m='42020'>sort</span> <span m='42620'>of</span> <span m='42900'>controls</span> <span m='43260'>your life</span> <span m='43640'>sometimes.</span> <span m='44700'>That and</span> <span m='44950'>meetings.</span> <span m='45390'>So</span> <span m='46140'>those</span> <span m='46340'>are</span> <span m='46390'>the</span> <span m='46500'>main</span> <span m='46700'>challenges</span> <span m='47020'>for</span> <span m='47190'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='48040'>Is it</span> <span m='48440'>hard</span> <span m='48700'>to</span> <span m='48770'>get a</span> <span m='49120'>job in this</span> <span m='49470'>field?</span> <span m='50080'>I would</span> <span m='50535'>say</span> <span m='50990'>yes.</span> <span m='51480'>I</span> <span m='51730'>mean,</span> <span m='52160'>I</span> <span m='52690'>graduated</span> <span m='53410'>from</span> <span m='53620'>undergrad,</span> <span m='54170'>I</span> <span m='54250'>graduated</span> <span m='54780'>from</span> <span m='55120'>grad</span> <span m='55370'>school,</span> <span m='55650'>and</span> <span m='55740'>I</span> <span m='55790'>couldn't</span> <span m='56050'>find</span> <span m='56455'>jobs</span> <span m='56860'>for</span> <span m='56950'>several</span> <span m='57290'>months.</span> <span m='58156'>But</span> <span m='58830'>I</span> <span m='58930'>decided</span> <span m='59260'>to</span> <span m='59410'>continue</span> <span m='59910'>to</span> <span m='60240'>pursue</span> <span m='60410'>my</span> <span m='60570'>interests,</span> <span m='61680'>and</span> <span m='61920'>I</span> <span m='62030'>was</span> <span m='62170'>persistent,</span> <span m='62790'>very</span> <span m='63210'>persistent.</span> <span m='64430'>I</span> <span m='64629'>never</span> <span m='64870'>gave</span> <span m='65099'>up.</span> <span m='65319'>Kept</span> <span m='65540'>sending</span> <span m='65850'>in</span> <span m='65950'>resumes,</span> <span m='67090'>emailing</span> <span m='67520'>people.</span> <span m='68200'>Persistence</span> <span m='68840'>is</span> <span m='68950'>the</span> <span m='69050'>key.</span> </p><p><span m='69720'>My</span> <span m='70160'>work-life</span> <span m='70580'>balance</span> <span m='70920'>is</span> <span m='71010'>something</span> <span m='71450'>I'm</span> <span m='71700'>continuing</span> <span m='72250'>to</span> <span m='72370'>work</span> <span m='72600'>on.</span> <span m='72900'>It</span> <span m='73080'>is</span> <span m='73240'>a</span> <span m='73290'>priority</span> <span m='73940'>at</span> <span m='74190'><i>National</i></span> <span m='74560'><i>Geographic,</i></span> <span m='75950'>especially</span> <span m='76700'>among</span> <span m='77170'>management.</span> <span m='78050'>But</span> <span m='78200'>it's</span> <span m='78410'>difficult.</span> <span m='79250'>I</span> <span m='79670'>feel</span> <span m='79880'>like</span> <span m='80150'>there's</span> <span m='80440'>always</span> <span m='80830'>something</span> <span m='81190'>I</span> <span m='81250'>could</span> <span m='81450'>be</span> <span m='81550'>doing.</span> <span m='82030'>And</span> <span m='82250'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='82870'>I</span> <span m='83380'>feel</span> <span m='83690'>like</span> <span m='83860'>I</span> <span m='84690'>need</span> <span m='84990'>to</span> <span m='85100'>do</span> <span m='85260'>things</span> <span m='85560'>on</span> <span m='85760'>the weekend,</span> <span m='86820'>even</span> <span m='87060'>though</span> <span m='87180'>I</span> <span m='87290'>really</span> <span m='87560'>shouldn't.</span> <span m='88010'>So</span> <span m='88530'>it's</span> <span m='89600'>a</span> <span m='89730'>work</span> <span m='89930'>in</span> <span m='90040'>progress.</span> <span m='91660'>Luckily,</span> <span m='92080'>I</span> <span m='92170'>like</span> <span m='92410'>what</span> <span m='92520'>I</span> <span m='92600'>do,</span> <span m='93020'>so</span> <span m='93520'>it's</span> <span m='93770'>not</span> <span m='93950'>that tough</span> <span m='94180'>for</span> <span m='94400'>me.</span> <span m='95170'>But</span> <span m='95720'>I</span> <span m='95870'>recognize</span> <span m='96360'>that</span> <span m='96540'>work-life</span> <span m='96880'>balance</span> <span m='97180'>is</span> <span m='97330'>important.</span> </p>","file":{"id":381910,"video_id":"3408715746001","name":"2423-Jessica-NatGeoWeb2","duration":98592,"thumbnail_url":null}});