A magazine editor helps ensure that issues of their publication meet certain predetermined standards for content, design, and other areas. The magazine editor reads over articles and makes sure that they are engaging and free of grammatical, spelling, or factual errors. Ensuring that photographs are of quality and fit with the magazine image is also part of their job. The magazine editor may direct the designers, helping determine the layout and art of the magazine. Additionally, the editor must make sure that all material adheres to copyright and trademark laws.
The magazine editor needs to make sure that the content is appealing for the magazine's target audience. This means that the editor not only checks for mechanics, but may often have to rewrite or reformat content to adhere to the magazine’s standards. Also, there may be an online version of the publication that the editor must assist with or manage. Setting up appointments for photo shoots and interviews might also be a part of the job. The magazine editor may need to help with research to find ideas that will appeal to the magazine’s audience as well.
Magazine editors must have extensive prior experience in editing content for publications, preferably for a magazine in the same field. At least a bachelor's degree in journalism or another relevant field may be required as well. The magazine editor should also be creative, an effective communicator, and able to work well with a team of writers, photographers, fellow editors, and designers. Computer and technical skills are important, as the magazine editor needs to be familiar with various publishing and editing software. This is usually a full-time job and may be performed in a central office or possibly through telework.
Editor, Magazine Tasks
- Ensure adherence to a style guide, correct formatting and consistent use of language within a document.
- Review, rewrite and edit the work of writers.
- Develop story or content ideas.
- Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.