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Newspaper or magazine editor

Newspaper and magazine editors manage the style and content of printed publications.

Potential salary

£30,000 to £80,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 variable

  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Depending on the publication you work for as an editor, your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • commissioning articles
  • choosing which articles to publish
  • deciding how they’ll be laid out for publishing
  • assessing work sent from freelance journalists, photographers and illustrators

You could work in an office.

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.

You can find out more about becoming a newspaper and magazine editor from:National Council for the Training of Journalists

You can find out about other editorial and media careers from:Discover Creative Careers

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