Managing editors work primarily in the publication field and are responsible for overseeing publishing from start to finish. This position may require at least seven years of experience and a bachelor's degree in English, writing, or journalism, and these directors are also responsible for overseeing a collective group of writers (professional, freelance, or both) for specific publications such as magazines or newspapers.
Managing editors are responsible for reviewing all work submitted by writers and approving or rejecting it as necessary. In addition to supervision, they are also responsible for various tasks within the office, such as regular operations not related to content. Important skills for this position include creativity, problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills to work well with writers and advertisers, and they typically work with almost everyone in the publications office, including writers and other editors.
Managing editors often report to a higher-level director, and they occasionally participate in advertising pitches and work with advertisers to represent them in their publications. They may also be looked upon as leaders in the office and participate in internal issues and decisions, such as hiring and firing employees or resolving internal conflicts.
Managing Editor Tasks
- Initiate and approve story assignments.
- Work with the executive editor on all aspects of producing the company's print and digital products.
- Manage creation of all editorial content.
- Manage beat editors, copy editors and multimedia editors.