Editor, Magazine

Editor, Magazine Job Description

A Magazine Features Editor Is Responsible For The Content And Quality Of Their Publication And Ensures That Stories Are Engaging And Informative.

Most Opportunities Are In Large Publishing Companies That Produce A Wide Range Of Titles. These Include Weekly And Monthly Consumer Or Lifestyle Titles, Which Are Commonly Referred To As 'glossy' Magazines.

However, Features Editors Are Also Employed By Trade Magazines, Specialist Publishers, Online Media And In-house Magazines.

Magazine Features Editors Do Not Always Need Specialist Knowledge Of The Subject They Cover, Unless The Content Is Highly Technical, Although An Interest In The Subject Is Usually Expected.

Editor, Magazine Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • organising meetings with writers and artists to discuss ideas for artwork, layout and features;
  • negotiating payments with freelance writers;
  • understanding and complying with media law and industry ethical guidelines;
  • commissioning articles from freelance and in-house writers;
  • managing writing staff and freelance feature writers;
  • editing and re-writing articles, some of which may be rejected or returned to the writer for revision;
  • overseeing artwork, design and photography for the features section of the magazine;
  • attending photo shoots;
  • overseeing the layout, appearance and content of feature articles;
  • generating ideas for features with writing staff;
  • selecting feature articles for each issue;
  • sending out briefs to writers, which can include word count, deadline, fee and writing style;
  • proofreading all pages before going to press;
  • networking with others at industry events;
  • assisting other staff to meet their deadlines.
  • raising the profile of the magazine;

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