Magazine Features Editor

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    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

     

    Duties

    • 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.

     

    Qualifications

    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.

     

    Skills

    • 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.

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