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Magazine features editors are responsible for overseeing the content and quality of magazine publications and for ensuring that features are topical, interesting and informative.
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
- selecting articles for issues and planning publication contents
- generating ideas for articles and features
- organising meetings with writers and designers to discuss and plan the features section of the magazine
- commissioning features and stories from in-house writers or freelancers
- supervising staff, including freelance writers, and setting deadlines
- reading, writing and researching features and articles
- rewriting, editing, proofreading and subbing copy to ensure it is ready to go to press
- attending relevant events, fairs and conferences
- ensuring that all feature articles comply with ethical codes of practice and legal guidelines.
Qualifications and training required
Although you do not technically need a degree to become a features editor, entry into the profession without a degree is now unusual.
The role is not available to entry-level candidates, so previous experience and training is usually essential. Recent graduates typically enter in the role of editorial assistant. An English or Media Studies degree may be advantageous. Working on a student magazine can often provide a good introduction to magazine journalism. Specialist knowledge or a scientific or technical background may be required for some vacancies. Prior relevant experience is essential.
Key skills for features editors
- Good general and current affairs knowledge
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Interpersonal skills
- IT skills
- Organisational skills
- Determination and resilience
Typical employers of features editors
- Major commercial publishers
- Smaller specialist publishers
- Online and digital media publishers
- Consumer magazines
- ‘In-house’ magazines for corporate customers
- Customer ‘loyalty’ publications
- Newspaper supplements
- Business to business magazines