How To Become an Associate Editor at a Magazine

The process of selecting and preparing language, sound, images, film or video through correction, organization, condensation and other forms of various media is called editing and the person who does this type of work is called an editor. It is a mixture of skills, which includes human relations, creative skills and precisely set methods. There are different editorial positions in publishing. Junior editorial assistants typically report to senior-level directors and editorial staff who in turn report to their senior executive editors.

More of editing: Light, heavy and derivative edit works

“Minor change” or “light edit” refers to the changes that do not effectively change the theme, tone, type-facing, structure or any other elements of property held by an author. These changes include grammar or spelling that does not side track from the author’s use of inappropriate grammar or speech pattern. “Heavy edit”, on the other hand, changes the structure, tone, characters or any other elements of property within their work.
Job description

  • Ensure delivery of informative and entertaining content of a high-profile project with a major brand;
  • Build and manage an effective contributor network with the managing editor on 6 categories such as neighborhood, education, environment, health, food and shelter, art and culture;
  • Help contributor network to deliver content and meet deadlines;
  • Upload content and quality management before publishing;
  • Creating and delivery, managing budgets as per client expectations;
  • Manage applicable rights before publishing;
  • Developing campaigns using content to drive interaction within user community.


An average salary of an associate editor-web in the U.S is $52,428.

How to…

  1. Start with distributing your clip samples and CV to as many local magazines as possible within your state or if you are ready to relocate, outside the state as well using e-mail, fax or any other form of delivery, to the human resource department or the managing editor himself. It is important for you to be aggressive at this stage to make your impression and get that dream job, so prepare well;
  2. Frequent follow up is required, in case you haven’t heard from the human resource department or the managing editor. Search through local newspapers, magazines, online advertisements and even word of mouth to friends and relatives;
  3. Before an interview with a publication, ensure you prepare well and gather enough information. Carry photocopies of your published clips and CV and also familiarize yourself with photographers and writers who work with major magazines!
  4. Get an internship at a magazine in case you are not hired as an associate editor after graduation. Most companies use intern to handle any job of task such as driving long distances to drop off magazines or pick up lunch! It just shows your employers that you are able to take up any kind of task and perform and not feel any task is beneath your level;
  5. Offer to work overtime and work on your holidays! This shows that you are committed.

Follow the guidelines in this article to become an associate editor!


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