How to become a features editor: Lisa's story

Features editors oversee specific sections in a publication.

They commission content and work with writers to generate ideas.

To give you a flavour of what this job involves, we met up with Lisa Wright. Lisa is a features editor at DIY magazine, a music-based online and print publication. She draws on her extensive knowledge of music and bands to decide which features are published.

Scroll down for more information on skills, working hours and salary.

Lisa Wright talks about her job as a features editor.

What skills do I need to be a features editor?

To make sure that the final magazine is interesting and exciting for readers you will need to use a variety of skills. You will need:

  • specialist expertise in your subject area
  • excellent written communication, editorial skills and attention to detail
  • to be able to multitask and work under pressure
  • people management skills.

What to expect if you want to be a features editors

What will I get paid? Features editors are normally experienced journalists or writers, so the starting salary can be around £30,000 for larger publications. Where will I work? You will mainly work in an office alongside your editorial team but could be expected to travel for meetings, conferences, photo shoots or interviews. What are the working hours like? Typically 9am to 5pm, but it depends on the publication you work for. You may need to work longer hours when deadlines are approaching.

What qualifications do you need if you want to be a features editors?

What qualifications do I need? A qualification in English or Journalism could help, but isn't always necessary. For specialist publications, a degree and/or experience in that magazine's subject matter would be beneficial.

Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of a magazine features editor.

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