An editor is responsible for choosing which stories are told and planning the content of the publication. They confirm pieces are not only grammatically accurate, but factually correct as well. They help lead writers on their story direction, tone, and formatting. Editors assist with the overall design layout and selecting which stories are published. Television editors help with editing to make sure each broadcast fits in the guaranteed time slot. They are also in charge of most of the post-production process for the television programs, including sound effects, music, and defining how the story is told. Assignment editors actually assign the stories out to the reporters, designating who goes to which location.

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