Editorial Assistant


    Editorial assistants support editorial staff in the production and publishing of journals, magazines, books and magazines, digital products and publicity material. In this role you will support senior editorial staff in all aspects of the administration, commissioning, planning and producing of different publications.



    • supporting editorial staff in all activities leading to publication, including acting as a personal assistant to commissioning editors and overseeing tasks such as issuing contracts and dealing with royalties;
    • liaising with other in-house teams, writers, photographers, printers, designers and production staff to negotiate and monitor timescales for stages in the publishing process;
    • dealing with the administration of work commissioned to freelance writers, picture researchers, photographers, stylists and illustrators;
    • organising and researching projects to tight deadlines;
    • summarising written material;
    • correcting manuscripts;
    • obtaining rights to use materials from other publications;
    • using computers for word processing, desktop publishing and email;
    • dealing with phone and email queries, e.g. from writers and the public;
    • filing, photocopying and other routine administrative tasks.


    Employers of editorial assistants

    • Publishing houses
    • Magazines
    • Local and national newspapers
    • Press agencies
    • Academic journals
    • Professional associations
    • Large businesses with ‘in-house’ magazines



    Entry into this position without a degree is unusual. A relevant qualification would be a degree in Journalism, media or communication studies or arts and humanities particularly English. Social, economic or business studies can help. Previous writing or editing experience is essential.



    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Adaptability
    • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
    • Proficiency with IT packages like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
    • Proofreading skills
    • Attention to detail