Want to become an editor for a magazine publication? This post walks you through how to do just that.
This job is suitable for stay-at-home Moms, anyone with a diploma or degree in journalism, communication, or related field, talented writers, and anyone with a hawk-eye.
You can work as an in-house or freelance editor.
I believe you know what a magazine is so we won’t go into definitions.
Types of magazines
There are different types of magazines.
Some are for a specific audience while others cover a wide range of topics.
Some popular types of magazines are
- Children Magazines
- Business magazines
- Entertainment magazines
- Fashion Magazines
- Auto magazines
- Health Magazine
- Science Magazines
Editorial positions in a magazine company and their duties.
Before a magazine is published, it passes through a lot of editorial processes by different types and levels of editors.
Here are the different levels and types of magazine editor
1. Editor-in-chief: An editor-in-chief, also known as an executive editor most times is the CEO or Founder of the publishing company. He’s responsible for managing other staff (Including actual editors) and making sure that the publication aligns with the company’s vision.
2. Managing editor: The managing editor reports directly to the Editor-in-chief. He’s responsible for assigning articles to the team, he manages the publication schedule, deadline, etc.
3. Editors: These are the people that handle the actual editing of checking for grammar, punctuations, layout, styles graphics, and all. Big publishing houses often have different levels of these types of editors.
You’ll see positions like Assistant editor, associate editor, etc. The editorial process goes through each person’s table till it gets to the Editor-in-chief.
4. Writer: Magazine writers are often freelancers, they usually pitch articles or stories to the publishing house, if it gets accepted, they write and edit their works before sending it out.
Most editors started as a writer and it could be a great place to start too. Check out how to become a writer for a magazine
5. Fact-checkers: Fact-checking roles involves cross-checking the facts in a submitted article to make sure it’s accurate and up to date.
Big organizations may have different people working as fact-checkers while the job will likely be done by an editor in smaller organizations.
For a beginner, this is also a good place to start your editing career. There are lots of fact-checking jobs out there.
Skills required to become an editor for a magazine
Whether you are working as a freelance magazine editor or in-house, here are the relevant skills required.
- Writing and editing skills. Whether you’d be working as a native or English speaking editor, writing and editing skills are a must-have:
- Strong research skills: Editing requires strong research skills.
- Patience: As an editor, you’ll need a good amount of patience because you’ll be asked to revise your work multiple times.
- Attention to details: Ability to pay attention to the tiniest details is also required.
- Team player: You must be a team player to thrive in this position.
What is the salary range of magazine editors?
The salary range will differ based on location. Here’s a magazine editor’s salary report from Ziprecruiters.
How To Become an editor for a magazine
I assume you do not have previous experience in magazine editing, so we are going to be talking about how to get started as an editor for a magazine (With no experience)
The best place to start is with an internship.
Most Internships are paid and are usually for a minimum of 3 months but before you start applying as an intern, you need to decide what type of magazine you want to become an editor for.
When you narrow your focus, you’ll have a better chance of landing a job faster.
Also, having a special interest in the area you choose will be an added advantage to you and the employer.
Talk of working a job you love!
You can land an internship position through the following ways –
1. Look up local magazines: There should be one or two local magazines within your locality, you can reach out to know if there’s an internship opportunity.
If you are not sure of any, you can do a local google search.
2. Apply to these magazine websites
10 Magazines that hire remote editorial Interns
- Virginia Living
- Nature News
- Films Daily
- Candlewick press
- Bobit business media
- Cuup Fashion
- Fizzy mag
- Getty Image
- D magazine
- Prime publishing
3. Check the career pages of your favorite magazines to see if there are internship opportunities.
4. Do a specific search: If you are interested in fashion magazines, for instance, you can search ‘list of fashion magazines in the US”
All you need to do is visit the career pages of each website to see if there are internship positions.
Or once you have a list, you can further your search by typing in the name of the magazine followed by careers E.g: ‘Cosmopolitan magazine careers’
5. You can also start by volunteering.
If after multiple applications as an intern you don’t get hired, you can consider volunteering.
Volunteer opportunities are all over the place.
What next after the internship
Most internship opportunities lead to staff positions but if that didn’t happen, you can use the same format explained above to find a full-time position or freelance job.
With the experience from your internship, you have a better chance of landing an entry-level position.
If you have no experience or a degree in English or Journalism and get lucky to be taken as an intern or a volunteer, consider taking up some courses in journalism at the same time.
This will give you an edge when you are ready to apply for a paid position.
Take my advice, ”give your best during the internship or volunteering period (even if it’s for free) so you stand a chance of being considered for a staff position”.
I hope this was helpful?
Do you need a degree to become an editor?
A degree is often required for an in-house editing position but not a prerequisite if you are working as a freelance editor.