Newspaper and magazine editors manage the style and content of printed publications.
There will be
5% more Newspaper or magazine editor jobs in 2023.
In your local area
Depending on the publication you work for as an editor, your day-to-day tasks may include:
You’ll work with sub-editors, designers, production staff and printers to make sure publication deadlines are met.
On smaller titles you might help to write and sub-edit.
On larger titles you'll just have editor duties.
You may also look after other areas like budget control, hiring staff and working with advertising and production departments.
You’ll need a background in journalism and usually have relevant qualifications and work experience.
You’ll also need a good understanding of the newspaper and magazine industries.
You could build up your publishing experience by starting as a reporter or journalist.
The National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Professional Publishers Association have more information on journalism and becoming a newspaper or magazine editor.
Starter salary: Around £30,000
Experienced salary: Around £50,000
As a freelance editor you’ll usually negotiate a set fee or daily rate.
These figures are a guide.
If you work for a daily or weekly publication you’ll usually work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
If you work for a monthly publication or a specialist trade journal, you’ll usually work normal office hours, but with some overtime leading up to publication deadlines.
Your work will be mainly office-based. You may need to travel to meet clients and reporters.
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.
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