Investigate events and people to tell the public what’s going on.
Most editorial departments are structured like trees (really grammatically correct ones), with Editors on every branch. At the very top is the Editor-in-Chief, who in the modern corporate world is often called the Executive Editor. Perched on the tree’s highest branch, the Executive Editor is in charge of both business and content.
On the content side of your job as an Executive Editor, you write articles — editorials and Editors’ letters, in particular — and help edit the publication for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style, as well as ethics breaches like plagiarism. Mostly, though, you serve as the publication’s strategic compass, setting its mission, vision, and voice, then ensuring that Editors and Writers adhere to and uphold all three.
On the business side, you’re in charge of people, processes, and resources. That means you manage production — encompassing editorial, design, and even advertising sales — and hire, supervise, develop, and discipline the editorial staff. You also manage editorial budgets, including budgets for Freelance Writers, art, and printing. In addition, you represent the publication to the public, which might involve answering reader mail and addressing reader complaints, speaking at events, or serving as a media Spokesperson.
If your publication were a baby — and to you, it is — you’d be its parent. You have a staff of Editors to help you care for it, but the responsibility of raising it is ultimately all yours!