News or periodical editors are responsible for the style and content of publications, and may oversee a whole publication or an individual section. Editors chair meetings to decide which articles will be included and how they will be laid out for publishing. There are specific editorial roles such as:
Editors work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends. In newspapers some shift-work may be involved.
The work is office based.
To be an editor you should have:
Competition for jobs is fierce in all areas of journalism, particularly on national newspapers and popular consumer magazines. The magazine industry is mainly based in London and the South-east.
Employment may be available with contract publishers who work with a number of different clients, and some large companies, particularly in the retail or service sectors which produce regular publications of their own. Many editors work on a freelance basis, and overseas employment is possible.
Experience is essential for promotion. A sub-editor may become the overall editor of a title, and local newspaper editors often move on to regional and then national publications. Successful editors may also progress to become editors-in-chief of a group of newspapers, or magazine publishers, although these positions are rare and depend on the size of the publisher. Commissioning editors may become editorial managers or directors, publishers, or move into specialist areas.
If you would like to know anything about Newspaper Editor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
Latton Bush Centre
Tel: 01279 430009
Periodicals Publishers Association (PPA)
Tel: 020 7404 4166
The Publishers Association
29B Montague Street
Tel: 020 7691 9191
The Newspaper Society
74-77 Great Russell Street
Tel: 020 7636 7014
European Medical Writers Association