If you love writing and reading, consider movies like The Devil Wears Prada and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days the best of the best, and spend your mornings in the Starbucks line, a job in the magazine industry could be for you! But how do you know which position will be right for you?
First, a little background: the two main branches of a magazine are editorial and publishing and the titles usually file under director, editor, and even assistant. Positions vary in the company’s size. If a magazine is relatively tiny and caters to a small, specific audience, the titles are broader and include more workload under each name. The opposite goes for better-known companies with wider audiences.
Below is a list of several of the main magazine positions with a description of their responsibilities included…
Editor-in-Chief: The head honcho of the magazine!
-Overall editorial direction of the magazine, like the content and cover
-Dealing with other publications for business
Managing Editor: Time is money.
-Makes sure all departments follow a set schedule in a fashionable form
-Oversees copy-editing and fact-checking
Creative Director: They’ve got the look.
-Responsible for establishing the overall identity of the magazine and making sure each issue keeps consistent to it
Art Director: The visionary.
- Supervises all design aspects; like the photography, typography, format and layout
Features Editor: The Generalist.
-Writes, edits, & researches
-Plans out stories for assigned sections
-Can cover events and regular features
Contributing Writer: A la Carrie Bradshaw.
-Under contract to write an assigned number of articles or a column per month
-May supervise in the production of features, departments, or sections
Editorial Assistant: Your go-to gal.
-Performs all secretarial/administrative tasks
Fact-Checker: Telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but!
- Sometimes supplyling extra research to columns, features, and departments
-Checkin’ over those facts!
Publisher: The Distributer.
-Handles sales accounts and circulation finances
Marketing Director: Set sale!
-In charge of the development of marketing and advertising concepts
-Analyzes statistics and conducts research to help define selling strategies
-Supports sales activity of the advertising
What position are you dying to get your hands on?
Alexa is a twenty-something student at James Madison University. She is majoring in Media Arts & Design and minoring in both Creative Writing and Anthropology. She aspires a career at a magazine.
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