Magazine Features Editor


    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.