Magazine features editors are responsible for overseeing the content and quality of magazine publications and for ensuring that features are topical, interesting and informative.
Employers of features editors
- Major commercial publishers
- Smaller specialist publishers
- Online and digital media publishers
- Consumer magazines
- ‘In-house’ magazines for corporate customers
- Newspaper supplements
- Business to business magazines
- overseeing the layout, appearance and content of feature articles
- generating ideas for features with writing staff
- 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
- organizing 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
- 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
- raising the profile of the magazine
- networking with others at industry events
- assisting other staff to meet their deadlines.
The profession is open to non-graduates, but most entrants do have degrees or related qualifications.
The role of magazine features editor is not an entry-level position, so you will need previous experience and a certain amount of training, obtained either through a degree or on the job.
Some specialist magazines, such as those in the business or science sectors, do require a degree in a relevant subject.
- an interest in a range of topics
- the ability to multi-task
- attention to detail, combined with an appreciation of the ‘bigger picture’
- the ability to think on your feet and respond to events as they happen
- excellent writing skills and the ability to spell and delete jargon
- the ability to understand complex subjects and explain them clearly to readers
- the ability to take constructive criticism.