Editors are people who review, rewrite and edit work of writers. Because of this the editor and the writers normally work closely together. The editor's responsibilities vary with the employer and the type and level of editorial position held. Editors review story ideas proposed by the staff and freelance writers and decide on what material may appeal to the audience.
Editors propose the titles of the stories and offer comment on how the work can be improved after reviewing it. In the book-publishing industry, an editor's primary responsibility is to review proposals for books and decide whether to buy the publication rights from the author.
There are many editors with different responsibilities in the media industry. The executive editor in the media usually has the final say on what stories are published and how there are covered. He is also the person who oversees assistant editors while for them they are held responsible for particular subjects, such as local news, international news, feature stories or sports. The managing editor usually is responsible for the daily operation of the news department. Executive and managing editors have the responsibility to hire writers, reporters, and other employees and to decide on how much one is to be paid. Assignment editors determine which reporters will cover a given story.
Editors have assistants, called copy editors who main purpose is to review copy for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check the copy for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy.