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BECOME EDITOR

E-magazine editor

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need a background in journalism and usually have relevant qualifications and work experience.

You’ll also need a good understanding of the newspaper and magazine industries.

You could build up your publishing experience by starting as a reporter or journalist.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • planning, organisational and staff management skills
  • a good command of English with strong writing and IT skills
  • creativity and good visual sense
  • financial skills
  • an eye for detail
  • an understanding of target audiences
  • negotiating and decision-making skills

3. What you’ll do

Depending on the publication you work for as an editor, your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • commissioning articles
  • choosing which articles to publish
  • deciding how they’ll be laid out for publishing
  • assessing work sent from freelance journalists, photographers and illustrators

You’ll work with sub-editors, designers, production staff and printers to make sure  publication deadlines are met.

On smaller titles you might help to write and sub-edit.

On larger titles you’ll just have editor duties.

You may also look after other areas like budget control, hiring staff and working with advertising and production departments.

 

4. Working hours, patterns and environment

If you work for a daily or weekly publication you’ll usually work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.

If you work for a monthly publication or a specialist trade journal, you’ll usually work normal office hours, but with some overtime leading up to publication deadlines.

Your work will be mainly office-based. You may need to travel to meet clients and reporters.

5. Career path and progression

With experience as a local newspaper editor you could move on to regional and then national publications.

You could become editor-in-chief of a group of newspapers, or magazine publishers.

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