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Opportunities waiting a career in writing- Staff Writers The history of writing is as long as the history of civilization itself yet writing is only little more than 5000 years old it is spoken of as mans greatest invention Writing was developed by many men over time and was indeed a basic step in the advance towards civilization going into the next millennium - The definition of writing is the profession or occupation of a writer - Reporters may also follow up on tips or read documents related to their story In small businesses reporters may perform additional duties such as editing Editors coordinate review select and edit written materials for publication broadcast or movie production In general editors make their own policies or work with company owners or staff to determine the content and viewpoint of the publication - There are two main kinds of writers staff writers and freelance writers staff writers are professional writers who work for a salary Many staff writers earn a living as newspaper reporters and columnists or as technical writers for computer software firms Freelance writers get paid only if a publisher buys their work they write both fiction and nonfiction books short stories poems and less commonly dramas screenplays as well as magazine and newspaper articles In this report I will focus on staff writers Many staff writers create freelance material in addition to their regular work - The average pay for journalists can be lower than other occupations with similar educations and working requirements - Writers and editors held around 341000 jobs in 1998 nearly one-third of salaried writers and editors work for newspapers magazines and book publishers A large number of technical writers work for computer software firms writing manuals and such A normal workweek usually runs 35
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