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A person or an organisation may use editing to communicate a message or information by choosing and preparing textual, photographic, visual, audio, or cinematic material that can be utilised to convey a message or information. The editing process may include a variety of changes such as correcting, condensing, organising, and many other operations carried out with the goal of creating a piece of work that is correct, consistent, accurate, and comprehensive.

The editing process is often initiated by the author's conception of the work itself, and it continues as a collaborative effort between the author and the editor throughout the creation of the work. Editing may need the use of creative abilities, interpersonal skills, and a specific set of techniques.

There are a variety of editing jobs available in the publishing industry. Editing assistants who report to high-level editorial personnel and directors who report to senior executive editors are commonplace in the publishing industry today. Senior executive editors are in charge of creating a product before it is released in its final form. The smaller the magazine, the greater the likelihood that these positions may overlap.

Copy editors check for spelling and grammatical errors, as well as ensure that writings are consistent with the company's style. Since the 1980s, changes in the publishing business have resulted in the outsourcing of virtually all copy editing of book manuscripts to freelance copy editors, who are now in high demand.