Newspaper or magazine editor

Newspaper and magazine editors manage the style and content of printed publications.

Average salary (a year)

£30,000 Starter

to

£80,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

How to become a Newspaper or magazine editor

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • training with a professional body

University

You'll usually start by doing a degree in English, journalism or media studies.

You can do a postgraduate qualification in publishing or journalism if your first degree is not related to the industry.

You're likely to need a degree or postgraduate qualification and a high level of specialist subject knowledge, if you want to work for a specialist publication like a medical or scientific journal.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above and 2 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Work

You can start as a reporter or journalist with a regional newspaper or magazine and work your way up. There's a lot of competition for jobs so you may have an advantage if you've got a relevant degree.

Volunteering and experience

You could try job shadowing to get some experience before applying for your first job in publishing.

This is also a good way to develop contacts, as many jobs are not advertised.

Direct application

You could apply directly to become an editor. You'll need:

  • a background in journalism, relevant qualifications and work experience
  • a good understanding of the newspaper, magazine and publishing industries

Other routes

You could take a proofreading or editing course, like the ones offered by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and The Publishing Training Centre.

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Professional and industry bodies

You may find it useful to join organisations like the Society of Editors and Professional Publishers Association, for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a newspaper and magazine editor from:

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Depending on the publication you work for as an editor, your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • commissioning articles
  • choosing which articles to publish
  • deciding how they’ll be laid out for publishing
  • assessing work sent from freelance journalists, photographers and illustrators

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience as a local newspaper editor you could move on to regional and then national publications.

You could become editor-in-chief of a group of newspapers, or magazine publishers.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Newspaper or magazine editor right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Journalism and Media

  • Provider: CITY COLLEGE PLYMOUTH
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

L3 Journalism Fast Track NCTJ

  • Provider: Lambeth College
  • Start date: 21 January 2019
  • Location: London

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