Career outlook for newspaper or magazine editor
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would lead a team of journalists, sub editors and designers to produce a magazine or newspaper that appeals to readers.
You’d manage the style and content of publications. You might oversee the overall editorial direction of a publication or you could be responsible for one section.
Using your creative skills, visual sense and understanding of the target audience you would put together a publication that people will want to buy and read.
- Commission articles from journalists and feature writers
- Commission photographers and illustrators
- Choose articles to include in the publication
- Decide how the articles will be laid out
- Choose images and text for the cover
You’d also read submissions from freelance contributors and decide whether to use their work.
You would work with sub-editors, designers, production staff and printers to make sure you meet the publication deadlines.
Working for a specialist publication, you will usually need knowledge or experience in that subject area.
If you work on a local newspaper you may also do some writing and sub-editing. On bigger papers your role might be just editorial.
You’d need commercial awareness and some legal knowledge about what you can publish.
You could also be responsible for controlling the budget, hiring staff and working with advertising and production departments.
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