Newspaper or magazine editor
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Newspaper and magazine editors manage the style and content of printed publications.
1. Entry requirementsYou’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.
The National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Professional Publishers Association have more information on journalism and becoming a newspaper or magazine editor.
2. Skills required
- 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
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.
Starter: Around £30,000
Experienced: Around £50,000
Highly Experienced: £80,000 or over (national newspaper editor)
As a freelance editor you’ll usually negotiate a set fee or daily rate.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentIf 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.
6. Career path and progressionWith 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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Last updated: 11 September 2018