When someone is named Editor at a newspaper or magazine, they've worked hard to prove their mettle. Often that person has worked at the same (or a rival) publication as a reporter, climbing the ranks perhaps to columnist or associate editor, proving competence in writing, copy-editing and making decisions concerning what's newsworthy. For the hard-working journalist, there are few shortcuts – save perhaps receiving a patronage editorship or starting one's own publication and appointing oneself top dog.
Except wait! I'm wrong. There is another route, one that sadly never occurred to me as I slowly built my journalism career over the past 20 years. If you achieve celebrity in another genre, say acting or music, you can satellite in and be named editor with no training, bypassing the tedious years of building by-lines, pitching and proving yourself in story meetings.