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Magazine Editor Job Description, Career as a Magazine Editor, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: College

Salary: Median—$43,620 per year

Employment Outlook: Good

Definition and Nature of the Work

In general, magazines fall into two categories: business and professional and those intended for the general public. A magazine's success depends largely on the work of its editors.

There are different kinds of editors on a magazine, and their specific duties vary. On large magazines, the executive editor or editor in chief sees that the company's editorial policy is carried out. This job is primarily administrative, but the whole magazine—text, pictures, captions, and headings—is the final responsibility of the editor in chief. On most magazines the chief editor also expresses the magazine's point of view through editorials, which are short essays on subjects of current reader interest.

Magazine editor working at computer

Most large publications hire managing editors to take charge of getting each issue out on time. These editors look after the day-to-day work of selecting articles, arranging copy, and supervising other editors. Sometimes they are put in charge of a bureau or branch office in another location such as New York or California.

The editorial staff on a magazine may include senior editors, associate editors, assistant editors, and editorial assistants. These editors may have different job titles, but their basic responsibility is selecting and editing articles or stories for each issue of the magazine.

In general, editors do not write articles. Instead, they form and shape the content of an article, which is usually written by staff writers or freelancers. Editors revise articles and may write headlines and captions and review page proofs. They must also be sure that the articles are the right length. If a story is too long, for instance, it must be cut very carefully to fit the space available. In addition, editors plan the artwork, illustrations, and photos that go with each story. They work closely with the art and production departments to prepare and approve page layouts that carry out the magazine's visual or graphic style. To help them, editors have editorial assistants who may answer letters, do research, or screen manuscripts that arrive at the magazine. When the editor finishes with an article, it goes to a copy editor, who reviews, corrects, and tweaks the article to fit the magazine's style.

On smaller magazines, which have smaller staffs, the executive or chief editor may perform a variety of editorial tasks, such as writing, editing, and copyediting, besides supervising the staff and keeping the magazine on schedule. In a small company each staff member has multiple jobs.

Editors discuss and review the schedule for an upcoming publication. (Photograph by Kelly A. Quin. Thomson Gale. Reproduced by permission.)

Education and Training Requirements

Most magazine editors have a college degree in either English or journalism. Some have a master's degree. Other college majors are acceptable—especially for technical or special-interest magazines—although courses in English and journalism are also necessary. A strong background in liberal arts is preferred. Those who want to be editors should have a broad range of knowledge and keep up with current events.

Advanced computer skills and a good sense of language and grammar are necessary in the field of magazine editing. High school and college experience in journalism can help a prospective candidate land a job. Any specialized knowledge can be useful in getting a start with a magazine in a specific field. In most cases training for magazine editors is informal and occurs on the job.

Getting the Job

Magazine editors generally enter the field as copy editors or editorial assistants. Some people get jobs as magazine editors after spending time as editorial workers for small newspapers. Others become magazine editors after working in the field in which the magazine specializes. For instance, an engineer may become an editor for a professional engineering magazine.

College placement offices sometimes help graduates find entry-level editorial positions. Two helpful tools in finding magazines in various fields—the Literary Market Place (LMP) and the Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media—can be found at most medium- to large-sized public libraries. In addition, Internet job sites and the classified sections of newspapers and trade magazines such as Publishers Weekly list job openings.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Experience and talent are the most important qualities in determining advancement. The employment outlook for magazine editors is good. There will always be stiff competition for jobs on popular and national magazines. With the rise of online publications, however, there are growing opportunities on the Internet.

Working Conditions

The editorial offices of magazines can be very busy places. The pressures of the job are great, and tension increases with the approach of each deadline. Magazine editors work with many different kinds of people and must coordinate the efforts of writers, photographers, and other editors. The job also carries responsibility—not just to the magazine but also to the reading public. Each fact must be carefully checked before publication.

Editors usually work a forty-hour week; however, as deadlines approach or during very busy times, overtime and weekend work are often required.

Earnings and Benefits

Salaries vary considerably in the field of magazine editing. The editor's job level and experience and the type and location of the magazine all affect wages. Several surveys conducted in 2004 indicate that magazine editors earned a median yearly income of $43,620. Managing and executive editors earned much more.

Where to Go for More Information

American Business Media
675 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017-5704
(212) 661-6360
http://www.americanbusinessmedia.com/

City and Regional Magazine Association
4929 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 428
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(323) 937-5514
http://www.citymag.org/

Magazine Publishers of America
810 Seventh Ave., 24th Fl.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 872-3700
http://www.magazine.org/

Benefits for magazine editors vary with each magazine. They may include paid vacations, medical coverage, and various retirement plans.

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over 6 years ago

Hi, I'm Holly. I'm in grade 8 and I want to be a fashion editor for a magazine. I would love to take pictures for my articles and so I was wondering what classes I would have to take in high-school to accomplish this

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about 7 years ago

I am almost 16 and going into my sophmore year in high school. i have alwys wanted a job in magazine, writing, and design. Im wanting to become a Magazine editor, but i dont know exactly what i can do in and out of highschool to achieve my carreer choice. I have wanted to do this all my life. I need help on what to do to prepare myself.

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almost 8 years ago

OK, people. You all say you're interested in becoming a magazine editor, right? Well, How about you start off with writing in proper English, and starting your sentences with a capital letter. Spelling words correctly also helps.

Just a suggestion...

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over 5 years ago

I've always wanted to be a magazine editor since I was little.Reading all of this information inspires me everyday to go toward my goal. Hopefully one day, it will. For now,I'll be editing the school newspaper.(;

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over 6 years ago

I am a 13 year old girl who lives in the UK but this website is very informative and helped me a lot. I used to want to be an author but I believe that a magazine editor would be a more exciting career and just now this is my target. I enjoy writing and creating graphics on the computer so this sounds great for me as editors also create (or help) the layout of the magazine. How awesome would it be to see your name in a magazine? :D

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about 7 years ago

I honestly don't know how i ended up on this page. I need to pick out my A level subjects for next year and i have currently just finished my IGCSE'S. I enjoy making scrapbooks and doing art just for the fun of it i guess. I'm considering to take literature and english this year along with backup subjects like business studies or geography and hopefully that will get me somewhere. I'm so new to all this and it scares me because i know its competitive and i know you have to work hard to get what you want. I do write in my spare time. I was actually considering to become an author but its the fact that i need a stable job that will eventually make me successful. I know working as a magazine editor would be tough but it's a dream to work in such a sector. I was inspired by the film "13 going on 30". And just the atmosphere and inspiration of being able to create something so beautiful made me smile and think that would be amazing to do. I really don't know why i'm writing this or if i'll even post it but i've read most of the comments and i agree this site did help a lot. I also looked up wedding planning, but like all jobs that include creativity there will be competition.

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over 7 years ago

I can't believe some of you have already begun clawing at each other! Just let the simpletons be, and worry about transforming your own big dream into a reality. :)

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over 5 years ago

@StillOptimistic: "So if you want to be a writer, than be a writer." Really, I would expect better grammar and correct spelling from someone who's supposedly an editor? I'm just kidding.

To begin, I'm actually a writer through and through, but I have done copy editing in the past and I would do it again. Although, yes, it is very laborious and tedious, it's also quite rewarding to prevent errors and faults. Not to mention, when you read other newspapers, magazines, and books that have bad editors, it makes you feel a whole lot better about any mistakes you occasionally and accidentally have let fly by in the past.

My suggestion to those who are "writers" but wish to pursue editing is this: take a lousy local newspaper internship, work along with the editors and writers, let them criticize you, and then see how you held up. See if you really like it when you aren't getting paid and are getting walked all over. If you still like it, then go further into the field. If you don't, well, at least you have the experience that could land you a job in the field somewhere down the line. First-hand experience means much more than anything you say or do.

Most likely, however, as StillOptimistic said, you might end up hating it altogether and be bitter towards the writing industry, which in general has sort of lowered her standards more and more over the years.

And, just because you are a great writer, doesn't mean you'll be a great editor. Don't take that job for money; do what you love. If you want to write, don't stop. A true write never stops writing. Anyone that stops writing is just not a writer. Simple as that.

The bottom line for this ought to be that you can't go by what anyone else says about how great or how awful a career path is. Everything has pros and cons. You have to experience it and weigh it for yourself. Best wishes to the future!

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almost 7 years ago

I want to start by saying thanks to anyone reading this, but I just have a few questions about the journalism career track (its where I want to go, I would like to become a magazine editor)



1.) What Colleges should I consider if I want to be a magazine editor?



2.) What should my major be? I plan on getting my masters, or even a doctorate.



3.) Are editors specific to a certian genera of magazine? fashion, music, home decore...



4.) do editors get to have any of the fun? For example, I would like to work for a magazine like The Rolling Stones, so I could meet/interview famous musicians, ect... or if the editor doesnt do any of this at all, should I consider another profession? I do know that the editor sets up the articles and the theme or decore of the magazine..but what else exactly?



thanks sooo much again, and im sorry if I tended to ramble.

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over 5 years ago

Hello , I know everybody on this website probably has a dream , a dream so big you just can't wait to begin your life. My name is Daniel and I , a boy from an small town out of South-Africa has a dream, well a wish actualy, that one day I will become one of the biggest jurnalists/Editors out there , because in the days of which i spend my time on , i mercifully respect all people who fully enjoy writing as I myself still do and I'm only 18 years of age , my life has been an endless warry of what I would become onday and it has never even cross my mind that me , a boy from South-africa has the tallent to become a leading Editor in the world we so graciously live in, yes I might be a high school student , but Chicago and New york awaits me every time I see the beautiful buildings when I so effortlessly gaze appon them I LOVE U U.S.A

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over 6 years ago

Hey, im Mina.I just recently turned 15 and I think I have some sort of idea on what I want to be...A Magazine Editor!I really enjoy writing and reading and I get that Magazine Editoring is not all glamourious and that you'd really have to work hard to get where you want to be.Im not afraid to work hard so I dont think it's going to be that hard and plus, I'd be doing what I love so I'll have fun well doing it.Just thought I would write this because I think im seriously considering it.I hope it turns out for the best :)

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about 7 years ago

I'm not sure how I ended up on this site, but it's a treat to see so many kids interested in magazine publishing. I'm an editor in chief at a very large publishing company in New York. If you are interested in working at a national consumer magazine (like Glamour, Wired, or Seventeen) you need to have a combination of great writing skills and great visual skills. You need to be aggressive and persistent enough to get the answer/interview subject/dress that is required or asked of you. Magazines are a visual medium, so obviously you need to have an understanding of how to relay information visually. But there are other really important skills that aren't, but should be taught: problem-solving, dedication, a strong work ethic. Publishing does not pay well and very very few people make it to the top of the masthead, and until you do, you are looking at a decade or two of a low salary--or what will feel low in a city like New York. It is a difficult industry, extremely competitive, but great work and great editors show themselves early on. Your work will stand for itself. If you have the natural instinct for it, the best thing to do is simply learn as much as you can from the editors you work for and continue to push yourself to come up with great ideas and great solutions.
If you're still in high school, straight As in english are required--editors are usually writers first and writing is the key. Focus on this first and the rest can come later.

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over 7 years ago

Hi, my name is Brittany. I am applying to univerity as of this month, and I want to know what courses are best to take for the interest of working as a magazine editor. However, a managing editor or editor in chief is what I am interested in working towards. Is it better to take courses in journalism or english? There are many more options of universities for english, therefore I want to know which one I should apply for.

Thank You

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over 6 years ago

Hello,

I currently work as a copyeditor for a magazine, and let me tell you, it's no prize.
Firstly, you will work with many writers. Some wonderful, friendly, and appreciative of your work, others not so much. The latter will send scathing emails when they feel delicate egos have been bruised.
You will also come across nasty emails written by readers. These will happen more often than you would assume. It isn't in our character to send a praise-worthy email to a magazine for doing such a good job. We like to point out faults to puff our own ego. Be prepared for these. You may even lose your job over it.
In terms of just sitting at your desk, editing all day long (yes, for a good 6 hours a day), try to make sure this is really what you want to spend your day doing. If you just like to write, I suggest, be a writer. Editing other people's work all day is not going to get you any closer, and will most certainly make you grow tired of the entire "writing industry" once and for all. So if you want to be a writer, than be a writer.
You must stay current with writing trends. "And" it is true, you can start a sentence with "But" and "And". Writing evolves, just like people do, just like policy does. Get used to it, get over it. Magazine writing style in informal, so if you are hell-bent on old English prose, I suggest you find some magazine that specializes in articles for the medieval community.
As an editor, you will come across many readers who think your style is incorrect, and they will point out mistakes. Nine times out of 10, they are incorrect. Many people who aren't in the "biz" do not stay current on writing style, so they are likely referring to whatever they learned back in college in the 1970s.
Again, magazine editorial work is not as it once was. The pay is lower, the perks are scarce, and the industry is shifting to online (of course there are the exceptions--Vogue, ect). Please, do not get star spangled! It is nothing like The Devil Wears Prada or any of those other magazines.

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over 6 years ago

I'm leah i wan to be a editor for Teen Vogue or Billboard or just allure or glmaour magazine what classes do you take in (hs)for editorial work etc

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over 9 years ago

yea i just needed this for a powerpoint in computer class....seriously...im 14...not exactly lookin for a job right now. just livin life with every passing moment. so all these 14 year olds who cant spell worth crap, really need to re-think this whole thing.

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over 4 years ago

Dear Holly in grade 8, NOBODY CARES.

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over 5 years ago

Hey , iam 15 and i really want to know every thing about becoming a magzine aditore for example what subject i need to be good at and if i need anything else to become one . If you have the time please email me telling me everything about becomming a magzine editore .Thank you very much for your time.
Your sincerely,
RIDA

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almost 6 years ago

please help me find a school in south africa johanessburg where i can study fashion designing

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over 9 years ago

THANKS IM LIKE 11 AND I HAVE BEEN EXCEPTED INTO A MAGAZINE INTERN JOB :) YAY

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over 9 years ago

hi..i have always wanted to become a magazine editor and this site has really helped me with some info. thanks a bunch! <33

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almost 10 years ago

Hey, Im a senior in high school, and all four years I have been on my schools yearbook staff. I have been a regualr staffer, an advertising manager, a business manager, and now in my final year I am editor in chief! Im really interested in going into the magazine field, and hopefully one day go onto being an editor for a magazine. Im not big into writing articles, which is good because it says that editors dont usually write them. So my question is, is an english or journalism major the only choices I have to be able to major in if I want a good position on a magazine staff?

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about 6 years ago

hell im in highschool freshman year and im doing a research assignment on magazine editor and i discovered so many information. im thinking on becoming a magazine editor myself

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about 6 years ago

hell im in highschool freshman year and im doing a research assignment on magazine editor and i discovered so many information. im thinking on becoming a magazine editor myself

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over 6 years ago

I think you have a matured description of what the job is about. However i still have more questions to ask...

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about 7 years ago

I'm in 8th grade and I am intersested in becoming a magazine editor. In december, we have to choose our GCSE subjects, and I was thinking about what subjects I need to become a magazine editor.I was wondering if anyone knew what specific subjects I have to choose.

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about 7 years ago

I am a college student studying therapeutic recreation and will like to redesign magazines for many individuals.I have just done research on becoming a editor to find out that i have actually done editing in magazine on my own for many years with fitness magazine's will like to find an entry-level position what i do is buy magazines and find the interesting pages and redesigning them in different ways on fitness, health and exercise which are in my interest to not only show the pictures but also pinpoint the educational interest of them.

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about 7 years ago

Hey, I'm in the 8th grade and I have to write a report on what I wanna accomplish in life. I want to be a magazine editor in cheif and i was wondering if anyone had any advice on highschool classes I could take to fulfill my dream, and write a good report:)

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over 7 years ago

I' 14 and in 8th grade and we're doing a huge school progect that is orth 3 test grades. we have to do a poster, speech, and report bout a career. i picked magazine editing, and i would really really want to know,



what are some pros and cons of editing?



please and thankyou! :)

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over 7 years ago

I'm twenty-six and an aspiring writer. I stopped going to school over five years ago due to bad experiences in college. I have a year in Liberal arts behind me, most of which is in English and Psychology. I was wondering if anyone can direct me to a good online school for one that wants to become a novel editor. Also, if anyone knows the best way to get some entry level experience, Id appreciate that too. Hope you all have a great day. *None of you teens should feel bad for your spelling and grammar errors; even adult writers must go over their work again and again; Good grammar comes with practice, as most things in life =)

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over 7 years ago

hello,i'm 14 and i've got my options coming up.When i'm older i really want to be a magazine editor and was just wondering what subjects i should consider taking.I'm thinking about taking media studies and i also enjoy english.

if anyone has any advice,could you please let me know :)

thankyou.x

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over 7 years ago

We are launching a new paper for Suffolk County New York and we have a lot of jobs available.



Contact:

Greg Fischer

P.O Box 285

Calverton, New York 11933-0285

perfect100@hotmail.com

Fax: 631-727-9638

Other Numbers by Request

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almost 7 years ago

I came here looking to find info on how to hire/what to expect from an editor. I am currently writing a business plan for a small magazine in the Caribbean. I believe finding the right people will be a big challenge since we just don't have as many people in the field here.

Does anyone have experience with magazine start-up? I could use some guidance.

Thanks for reading!

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over 8 years ago

Hi, my names is Tiffany and i am in tenth grade. I've always had the dream to be an editor at seventeen magazine. i am really into fashion, movies, music, sports, reading, and i always what to know what is going on. i am persistent, creative and a perfectionist. i was wondering what classes i should take in high school or even classes that i could take out of school. I also was interested in knowing if the acting classes that i was planning to take in the near future would benefit. I live in miami, Florida and would prefer to stay close to home, but if there are better opportunities some where else I'm more than ready to part it miami. Also colleges, what schools would provide me the a good education that would help me accomplish my goals. I am also interested in online editing or even journalism. i would one day like to start my own magazine. please send me any information. truly thankful - Tiffany

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almost 7 years ago

Hi.,my name is Jamie and I am in the 8th grade.I would like to become a book editor.i would like to know what kind of class i need to take in highschool to become one.

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over 10 years ago

hi um..i was checking this site out cuz i really want to be one when i get older so i was just checking it out!My friends and I all want to work as a magazine editor when we get older and im deadly excited so ya!i wish i could right now but im only 11 so i dont no what i was thinking but you no im just a kid right!oh..and just to say im from ontario so i was kinda looking for something in ontario or close enough!anyway thanks for taking the time to read my e-mail and if you have a chase please e-mail me !thx<3

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over 6 years ago

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almost 9 years ago

i want to work in fashion journalsim- editor of a fashion mag!!!!!! Like the next ANNA WINTOUR! amzing- not sure how though!

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over 6 years ago

hello my name is daisy soto i am 20 years old and i love to write, i would like to know if you need high school diploma to become a magazine editor.

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over 5 years ago

I'm only 14, but I've been looking into this industry, because I believe this is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. Thank you so much for having this article; it's very informative, and helped me to fully grasp what and editor has to do on a daily basis. Reading this has fully cemented in my mind that this is what I want to do. Thanks again!

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over 7 years ago

Hi, I have always been interested in becoming a magazing Editor. I am currently a freshmen in college earning my AA transfer, where I will then go to a four year college. I want to intern during my last few years so I'm wondering which are some of the best colleges to go to in California? And would it be better to major in journalism or english?

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over 7 years ago

Hi, my name is Alexis. I would like to know if it's better to take courses in journalism or English? I also would like to know if Columbia College is an appropriate college to attend for this job. I would like to work for Elle magazine in New York. please e-mail me with the following information if it is possible.

Thank You, Alexis

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almost 8 years ago

hi, i am applying to many colleges right now, but I want to be sure of what colleges offer the best classes for english or journalism classes. and what colleges really help graduates get internships or jobs in the magazine editing field. thanks.

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almost 8 years ago

Hi I am a freshman and I love to write. It is my passion in life. I would love to work for teen vogue. It is my favorite magazine. I love how they put everything together. I am not sure on what I want to do. If I love to write and want to work for a magazine. Should I be a magazine editor or is there something else that would suite me?

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almost 8 years ago

I've had a sudden interest in becoming a magazine editor, and I would just like to thank you for the information. It was exactly what I was looking for and it covered all of the basic fields. I'm only a junior, but I like to have all the information I can before I go ahead and do something and this helped greatly. And for the others who commented on this : If you want to become a magazine editor, learn proper English grammar and spelling first, please.

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almost 8 years ago

Hello everyone! My name is LaTavia. I live in Chicago and I am also very interested in becoming a magazine editor. Im not sure which magazine i would like to work for at the moment but i do know I wanna work for a big coporation. I would like to work for Essence, Jet, Vogue, Ebony, or Cosmopolitan. Im going into my senior year in high school so right now Im researching the best colleges for my major(Jounralism and English). At this very moment I thinkin about going with Columbia College in Downtown Chicago because it is the very best in my field. But I always dreamed about going out of state for college what shall I do.

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almost 8 years ago

Hello, My name is Crystal. I'm interested in becoming a magazine editor. What should I major in when I go to college. I'm a junior right now but graduating with my senior class. So what should my major be? Thank You!

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about 8 years ago

I own a statewide magazine. I would jump at the chance to have a student help us out...so my suggestion to any who wish to get into the field, contact your smaller publications. You may have an opportunity to get some real hands on job experience under your belt and a star on your resume! If you are in SC and have an interest in motorcycles, send me an e-mail. As you make your choice to enter this field please have a clear understanding, this is a 'deadline driven' business!

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about 8 years ago

I am a writer and editor for magazine and book publishers.



For high schoolers, the best training you can get is by working on your school newspaper, radio station, and by paying attention in English class.



Many writers end up graduating college with Journalism, English, or Literature degrees.



But you don't have to wait for a college degree to start writing. Your early efforts may not earn money, but you can offer to cover town events for a community newspaper (you know, those feel-good papers, not the ones with all the crime and bad news in them).



Also, keep in mind that print magazines and newspapers are all experiencing some major layoffs. Everything is going digital, so keep that in mind as you pursue your schooling and first job.



Good luck! It's a great field.

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about 9 years ago

Thanks for the information. It seems like a lot of people on here want to be editors for different magazines, and have set high goals, just like me. It's kind of interesting, because I went through each comment and found a mistake in almost every one.

I hope someday I can look back at this site and be proud of the aspirations I set for myself.

Thanks again!

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over 9 years ago

yeah, im 15 and i want to be an editor for a skate mag, like thrasher or transworld, just because i have a huge interest in skateboarding. i was wondering what the benefits or perks might be for something like that.

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over 9 years ago

wow I didn't know there would be so many 14 year olds on here.like me. well tommorw i have to present this job to the WHOLE freshman class yea it sucks. BIG TIME!!

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almost 2 years ago

Here is a copy of the link

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about 2 years ago

ourwarting has ended iam glad we finally met.
knew you would come how did come would come, the
cold winds i futtered in i knew your arrival is near.
ihad photo seen your pictures on the people prepare for you stocking .

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over 2 years ago

Hello, Im Alex and I wanted to share my opinion on sports. I think they are good for the community.

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over 3 years ago

Hello Sir,
I wanna be an editor . Right now I am in 12th grade . I secured 9 CGPA in grade 10th . I am from India from the city of Jagdalpur State Chhattisgarh and district Bastar . So, to become an editor what shall I do.

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over 4 years ago

I am 16 and being a magazine-editor is what i have always wanted. I am a little confused regarding what i should do after high school to accomplsh my dream. I need some guidance.

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almost 5 years ago

I am doing my senior project on magazines and I am going to create my own! How much will it cost me to produce one copy?

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almost 5 years ago

i need a better scale of their income, this doesnt say much....

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over 5 years ago

hi my name is nelly modibedi im in grade 12 and i would like to be a magazine editorial.but i do not know what are the requirements are needed and a university should i apply to.i really need help.

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over 5 years ago

hi my name is nelly modibedi im in grade 12 and i would like to be a magazine editorial.but i do not know what are the requirements are needed and a university should i apply to.i really need help.

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over 5 years ago

hi my name is nelly modibedi im in grade 12 and i would like to be a magazine editorial.but i do not know what are the requirements are needed and a university should i apply to.i really need help.

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over 5 years ago

hi, i'm emily and i was just searching around the web and came arcoss this. what would it be like to be a magazine editor? if you have any information that you'd be willing to share please let me know. this is for a project i'm doing in a class of mine. thank you!

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over 5 years ago

Hey there. I've been thinking about possibly being an editor but I'm not quite sure if I'm cut out for it. I am 19 years old and I'm willing to work really hard for what I want but what if this isn't something I'd want to do? I love working with people and have great leadership abilities. I am also very detail-oriented about things and I've always pointed out imperfections in grammar and spelling, but I also know that it's very difficult to find a job in this industry and time. I want to go for my dreams, and thank you for this page detailing what the job entails. I'm planning on job-shadowing someone with an editing position. Thank you.

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over 5 years ago

Hi, I'm Tinelle. I'm 15 years old, and I was just wondering how much the average cost it would be for the schooling to be a magazine editor? I was also going to ask about the yearly pay. I know you already wrote above that it was around 43,000 a year, but is that enough to live on in a bigger city like NY or LA?


Thanks(:

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almost 6 years ago

please help me find a school in south africa johanessburg where i can study fashion designing

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almost 6 years ago

please help me find a school in south africa johanessburg where i can study fashion designing

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almost 6 years ago

please help me find a school in south africa johanessburg where i can study fashion designing

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almost 6 years ago

Hello! I am Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Life in the Overflow magazine. I started this magazine June 2010 and it has not been easy, but it has been very rewarding. Being a small magazine, I handle everything from article choices, to editing and layout. At times, I even have to 'act' as Social Editor and get out there and take photographs for the features.

If you love to write, join us!

Writer's Welcome

www.lifeintheoverflow.com

Shanica L. Bell
Editor-in-Chief

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almost 6 years ago

Thank you so much! This article literally completted my senior project.

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almost 6 years ago

Hi,
I m Elected as editor in chief for an engineering college magazine..
I expect guidance from experts here to publish the magazine at its best..
kindly serve
praful007_19@rediffmail.com

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almost 6 years ago

damn prestiontation i hate writing & here i get magazine editor . uuugh

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almost 6 years ago

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almost 6 years ago

Hey, i m Sumit.I just recently turned 30 and I think I have some sort of idea on i want to start a Magazine and i don't have exp on it right now i m working for Investment Bank. and i dont want to lev my this work right now but i can lev it pls give my any idea i know i m not sounding like a normal one .... so tel me

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almost 6 years ago

Im 14 and a freshman in high school and I just recently thought about what I would like to be when I grow up. At first I had no idea but for a while I have thought how magazine editing sounds fun, but also challenging. So should people like me focus on English and Journalism classes? Or something else?

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almost 6 years ago

People who wish to build a career as an editor, please do not choose this field not for the kind of image it gives you and just because it looks 'cool' from the outside.
After being the editor for my college magazines, I can guarantee one thing for sure that this is no piece of cake.
Strengthen your English speaking and writing skills, work part time at a magazine or a newspaper, sense the flavor of the entire scenario and then come to this decision whether or not this field shall be prospering for you or no.

:)

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almost 6 years ago

that site is very helpful and have a lot of knowledge, i m editor of a kids magazine publish in Urdu from Pakistan that's name Monthly Sathee Karachi. thanks again for the web site team.

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almost 6 years ago

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting.
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almost 6 years ago

i'm just choosing my gcse's and would love to be a fashion editor for a magazine, what gcse's do i need? and how do i get work experience at a magazine like more or look?

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almost 6 years ago

I've always wanted to be a magazine editor. Its something that has always caught my attention. I just don't know what classes to take and what type of career choice would be right for me if I don't live near an actual editing place. Since I only live in MI. I am very good at putting pictures and scrapbooks together and this webpage really helped me realize that I can do it if I could take the class and take the first step.

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about 6 years ago

i'm in year 7 and would like to become part of making a magazine. i like to take photo's, write stories and other stuff but i need to know what classes i should specally take to be involved in the making of magazines,so that i can get my dream carreer.

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about 8 years ago

hi,my name is joanie.i'm a sophmore right now.i'm interested in becoming a magazine editor and i wanted to know what exactly should i major in in college.and also what would the salary be monthly.

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about 8 years ago

Hello. I've decided I want to become a magazine editor but was wondering where to start. I'm only going into the eight grade but it's never too early to start right? So i was wondering what I could do now to advance my chances of becoming a magazine editor. Also thinking ahead, what colleges would you recomend for majoring (possibly) in English and journalism. Also, what other classes would you recomend I take in highschool and in college? Just curious. Thanks for your time.

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about 8 years ago

Hi,

my name is stephanie im a sophmore and i was intristed in working on magazine editorial or photography. i was planing to just go strate to college or a university after i finish college so i could work as a photogrepher or a magazine editor.what classes or requierment do i need to do this kind of work?

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about 8 years ago

how much do magazine editors get paid a month?

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about 8 years ago

hey hey,im preety sure that i really want to be a Photography and a magizine editor,and im also a junior at the moment at this year,so i was just wondering like what does it take to be one? or what math do i have to concentrate to be a photography and magazine editor?

!thanks very much!

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over 8 years ago

Hi, Im not completely sure on a carreer yet. Photography and magizine editing has came to mind. Im going to be a junior this coming year, and i was wondering what classes or course should i take? Thanks!

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over 8 years ago

hey...the information given in the above article is very useful..im 16 and going in the 11th grade. i would like to know what subjects i should take in school and which undergraduate course should i take up after school to become an editor in a fshion magazine??

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over 8 years ago

i would like to know what courses i should chose in high school and collage, if i want to be a magazine editor or layout designer, etc... ??

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over 8 years ago

i would like to know what courses i should chose in high school and collage, if i want to be a magazine editor or layout designer, etc... ??

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over 8 years ago

im emma and i want to be a magazine editor or layout designer at seventeen or teen vogue and i was just wondering what classes i should take in high school and college..and what i should major in in college????

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over 8 years ago

what exactly should i major in college, if i want to become a magazine editor?

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over 8 years ago

Im a Senior and High School and next year when I go to college i want to take classes to help me pursue the career of becoming a Editor of a Magazine Like Seventeen or Cosmo Girl.What classes should i take?

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over 8 years ago

hi i am doing a report of being a magazine editor and i have no clue on what colledge degree i should have? any sugestions?

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over 8 years ago

I wanted to know what courses in high school and in college I should take in order to achieve my goals of becoming a future magazine editor or journalist. please email me!

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over 8 years ago

This really helped me out and make a lot of important decisions about my future. I really love Journalism and I can honestly say that it is my passion!

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over 8 years ago

Hey im Ashley, and i have always wanted to be a magazine editor, or a fashion coordinator. i Have heard that these jobs are very difficult to get into. I want to work for a popular magazine like Vogue, or seventeen magazine. I am currently doing a project for class about what you want to be when you grow up and i found what i wanted on this site. Thankyou very much and please tell me about this job more by writing back:). Have a great dayy!

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over 8 years ago

Hi,

my name is Taylor and i really want a job as a magazine editor in a high fashion magazine, like Vogue. So I was wondering what the steps I would need to follow in order to make that happen. I am a 9th grader right now but what classes would I need to take in collage to follow my dream. I also wanted to know if "The Devil Wears Prada" is a realistic view on a high fashion cheif and editor.

Thank you for your time

-Taylor

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over 8 years ago

hi there.... my name is Meggan and i would like to know if anyone can direct me, interms of writing for the internet?thanks!

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over 8 years ago

Hello,my name is Kendra and i am a junior this year and my mind is set on becoming a magazine editor. I want to work for a well known magazine but of course I will have to start off small then grow big...i live in Georgia and i was wondering if there are any good colleges that i should consider to pursue my goal..Well if there are please contact me at my email address..Thank you

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over 8 years ago

Hi, Im courtney and am in the 8th grade! I want to be a magazine editor and like make the magazines aka decide what goes in the magazine, what articles and pictures and stories and things like that. I want to do this prefrably in New York, and i want to know what colleges you go to [If you even need college, i would like to know that] what classes i should take in high school or things like that. I would like to know alot about so if you know, please email me and give me some info!

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almost 9 years ago

Wow I can't believe those rude comments at the bottom of the page. Young aspiring magazine editors, it doesn't matter if you're in elementary, middle, or high school. If you want to work at a magazine, do it!! Don't let negative comments from people bring you down, they're irrelevant. Just work on the skills you need to get to where you want to be, and you'll get there :)

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almost 9 years ago

...thank god i found this site. I had a school project abot what i want to do in life...in life skills. I chose magazine editing. Then i went go to google type in magazine editing to get the pay, descriprion, and education. I had to go to site to site for info...then i foun yours and it was what i was looking for....so again thanks:)

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almost 9 years ago

Thanks so much for those address. I'm only in tenth grade but I've been looking forward to going to NYU and becoming a editor. Thanks again!

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almost 9 years ago

hey thanks for the info..... i just wanna know if it would be enough to take media journalism, communications and media at tafe and do journalism and english in uni to get the job??

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about 9 years ago

I really enjoy reading this, i know for sure that this is something i want to do now.I have to abmit i was a little scard about going to SCAD ( Savannah college of arts & design) in the fall,for photography amd this kind of work, so i can become a photo editor, but i'm pretty excited now.

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about 9 years ago

I am 17 and Im going into grade 12. I have always been stuck when thinking about what to do after highschool. I am an art student and always just figured I would end up doing something to do with art or graphic design. Well, now its getting closer and closer and I need to make up my mind. Then, the idea of being a magazine editor for a teen magazine like Popstar or TigerBeat really caught my interest. I was on the yearbook committe last year but sadly there didnt end up being a yearbook. So, this year I am going to take charge of getting my school a yearbook. I do my own scrapbooking and I buy all the newest teen magazines, they fascinate me. This is what I want and I want to know how to achieve this dream of mine. I read that you need a degree in engish or journalism, but what about the design element of this career path?

I am very interested and I want to know more.

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about 9 years ago

Well after reading this very interesting and yet none the doubtful article, I felt more up to entering the field of magazine publishing.I' am currently 16 years old and currently clubs & organizations editor for my high school yearbook (Editor-in-Chief as of next year). This article really helped a lot and I know that I want to be a editor for Blender,GQ, or Teen Vogue. Thanks.

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about 9 years ago

thanks for the info this is the type of research i was looking for for my career project i have a big passion for writing and i know that i'm going to be a magazine editor one day and maybe even start my own magazine



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about 9 years ago

Thank you...I know now that I definitely want to be a magazine editor for like Blender or AP

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about 9 years ago

I'm 14 turning 15 and already know I want to be a magazine editor. It just seems like such an exciting job and something I would look forward to do everyday. At first I wanted to be a journalist, but magazine editing seems more like me.

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about 9 years ago

You just saved my life!



yes, this is all i needed

for my computer class.



Thank you so much!



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about 9 years ago

Being a magazine editor is my dream job! I'm going to be a junior in high school next year and have been spending more time concentrating on my career goals in this field and very excited to start my career.

This site helped alot!! And makes me even more anxious!!

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about 9 years ago

The information given is just right, not too much and not too little; ideal for my career project.

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over 9 years ago

this gave me basically, everything I needed to know on my research project

thank yuo for creating this it's

really provided a reliable and informational source

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over 9 years ago

this really helped me with my research project. i'm getting a intern job s00n!

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over 9 years ago

I'm 16 years old and I'm currently a section editor for my high school yearbook. It's a lot of hard work and dedication but I love doing my job. I really want to become a magazine editor for layout deisgn or something and I'm looking for colleges. Do you know any good ones? Thanks :)

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over 9 years ago

I think magazines are really cool and stuff. Like, i love looking at the advertisements! =))) m only 9 years old!

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over 9 years ago

Hey, I am beginning the process of selecting colleges to apply for next year. I am currently in the midwest but am looking to attend a university with an extensive curriculum based upon journalism, broadcasting, advertising and/or editorial opportunities. If you happen to have any information in which may be helpful in making such decision a reply would be immensely appreciated.

Thanks.

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over 9 years ago

Bueno pss yo no kiero ser magazine editor, ando viendo esto por k la maestra de yearbook nos iso k hisieramos un powerpoint en algo de journalism y pss yo escoji esto.. pero pa decirte la verdad ni se si esto sea de journalism... pero pss ni modo kon k pase la clase... bueno adios!!!

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over 9 years ago

Hey There! So like I really want to be a magazine editor because I really love to wright! I hope i get in!

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over 9 years ago

Being a magazine editor has always been a DREAM I wanted to pursue. Growing up in Philadelphia many young girls dreams are deferred but i hope to be a change and work 4 a really famous magazine. This site helped me get alot of information for my English project about my Dream career. Me,this girl writing this will be famous one day.

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over 9 years ago

Amazing. You people really need to get a life. Seriously, like, a life you can actually lead. I want to be a maazine editor! It's not happening if you can't spell. You little kids are 13. When you're possible 16, 17, and 18 and you still want to be a magazine editor, then come back and say, "Hey, thanks for the article!" Until then, shut up. It's not anything like you'll see in the movies. NOTHING like you'll see in the movies.

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over 9 years ago

the people on this site average 14years old. big dreams thow i want to be a mag editor but were i liv all the chics just end up as hairdressers lamo i want to aspire to be grate so good on every one hear who have such a dream wen there young enough to realy work for it

im 16 i havent worked hard on my grades so i doubt i will evr make it i will try thow

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over 9 years ago

Whoa! The majority of the people her want to be a "MAGAZINE EDITOR!!", but they cant even write.

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over 9 years ago

Hello, thank you very much for this information. I don't plan on becoming the editor for seventeen or cosmogirl, I plan on making my own magazine bigger than those!! So this information was very very helpful! thanks again! :]

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over 9 years ago

thanks you guys soooooo much for posting this information, because i would like to become a magazine eitor for "SEVENTEEN MAGAZINES," when i get older but now i'm 14! You are going to see my name everywhere in the magazine business cause I'm gone be so smooth and excellent for this fantastic dream job! But thanks again, because I really do appreciate this info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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over 9 years ago

thanks this really helped me with my paper

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over 9 years ago

oh my gosh i have read the whol thing and i have wanted to be a maazine editior in ages! I'm only 11 but i can't wait till i pass my literature and journalism degree because i enjoy Englis so much and am desperate to be a magazine editor, thanks aot for the information, it means a lot.

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over 9 years ago

thanks for all the useful information a lot of my questions have now been answered!

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over 9 years ago

I am sooooooooooooo going to be a magazine editor...in NY! I plan on going to NYU...I want all the training and information I can get!!!!

I've even put creating and publishing my own magazine into consideration!!!!

Thank you sooooooooooo much for this article...

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over 9 years ago

Hi i have always been interested in magazine editing but after high school i choose i different path of my creativeness and decided to go to cosmetology school. I was wondering is it at all possible to get a job such as editing without college education?

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over 9 years ago

hello, i came by to see how this editorial for magazines work

it interesting i would like to know more about this and what do i have to do to apply to a unniversity that will help me become and editor or in public relationships, i'll appreciate if i get an answer thanks!

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almost 10 years ago

Hello... I am going to college to take classes to become a magazine columnist. Then I read about it and they have to write lots of articles. I like writing, but I also love to design work. An editor tweakes them and works with the more art side right? If you have a site to recomend, please e-mail it to me. I need/want information on becoming an editor. Thank you for your time. :]

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almost 10 years ago

i am doing a project on becomeing a magazine editor if there is anymore info on mthis job post it on the web site. i really liked this web site it gane a lot of information i needed!

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about 10 years ago

This website was a huge help in intoducing me the main details of becoming a magazine editor . I now look foward to becoming one.

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about 10 years ago

Hey.

i am 15 and i really want to know everything about becoming a magazine editor for example what subjects i need to be good at and if i need anything else to become one. If you have the time please email me telling me everything about becomming a magazine editor. Thank you for your time.

Yours Sincerely,



Ljubica