How to become a newspaper or magazine editor
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
- training with a professional body
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.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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.
You'll need to get some experience before applying for your first job in publishing. To build up your experience you can:
- volunteer for student and community newspapers
- keep an online blog
- have an online presence on sites such as Twitter
- submit articles and reviews to local papers or websites
This is also a good way to develop contacts, as many jobs are not advertised.
Professional and industry bodies
You can find out more about becoming a newspaper and magazine editor from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
You can learn more about other editorial and media careers from Discover Creative Careers.