Newspaper editors don't write the stories, but they come up with the story ideas, assign them to writers, read all of the drafts, and correct and change them to make them ready to be published.

You can be an editor without working at a newspaper. Magazines and books are all worked on by editors. There are photo editors and film editors, who splice together the footage and determine a movie's pacing. Even if you just correct your friend's spelling mistakes, you're editing her work.

Definitions of editor
  1. noun
    a person responsible for the editorial aspects of publication; the person who determines the final content of a text (especially of a newspaper or magazine)
    synonyms: editor in chief
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    Thomas Bowdler
    English editor who in 1818 published an expurgated edition of the works of Shakespeare (1754-1825)
    James McKeen Cattell
    American psychologist and editor (1860-1944)
    Irving Howe
    United States editor (1920-1993)
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    an editor who makes selections for an anthology
    art editor
    an editor who is responsible for illustrations and layouts in printed matter
    copy editor, copyreader, text editor
    an editor who prepares text for publication
    an assistant editor
    bowdleriser, bowdlerizer, expurgator
    a person who edits a text by removing obscene or offensive words or passages
    managing editor
    the editor in charge of all editorial activities of a newspaper or magazine
    newspaper editor
    the editor of a newspaper
    redact, redactor, reviser, rewrite man, rewriter
    someone who puts text into appropriate form for publication
    abbreviator, abridger
    one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work
    business editor
    the newspaper editor responsible for business news
    city editor
    the newspaper editor in charge of editing local news
    sports editor
    the newspaper editor responsible for sports news
    type of:
    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
  2. noun
    (computer science) a program designed to perform such editorial functions as rearrangement or modification or deletion of data
    synonyms: editor program
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    linkage editor
    an editor program that creates one module from several by resolving cross-references among the modules
    text editor
    (computer science) an application that can be used to create and view and edit text files
    type of:
    application, application program, applications programme
    a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task
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