How to become a content editor: Henry's story

Meet Henry and find out about his life as a content editor at Skiddle. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I love writing about music every single day. I'm so, so lucky that I can say that's what my job is.

  • Henry writes news, features and interviews for his company's website – based on the artists and musical events they have coming up
  • Henry really enjoyed English and Creative Writing at school. He did Literature and English Language at A-level, and studied Music Technology at college
  • He says you don't need to be a music expert to do his job, but it is good to read a lot of music magazines, to read other journalists' work and to understand what makes a good interview
  • Good preparation and time management are key skills for this role, as you can be juggling several tasks at a time. Henry says it’s also important to do your research before interviewing a band – so that you can get the best out of them and the interview.

What to expect if you want to be a content editor

Henry's job is similar to that of a music magazine journalist, but he is writing for online.

  • Content editor salary: £18,000 to £40,000 per year
  • Content editor working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week. You could also work evenings and weekends

What qualifications do you need to be a content editor?

  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need four or five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 diploma in Journalism or Multimedia Journalism. Some colleges offer the level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism and courses in Shorthand, accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
    You could also study at university. You'll usually need two to three A-levels, or equivalent, for a degree in a subject like Journalism or Media, or a degree in a relevant subject for a postgraduate course in Journalism.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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