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Have You Got the Write Stuff for Journalism? in Association with Publicjobswales.Co.UK Fish4jobs


Byline: By MICHELLE RUSHTON

IF you like writing and have an interest in a particular subject, a career in magazine journalism may appeal.

What does a career as a magazine journalist involve?

Magazine journalists write news and features for publications ranging from glossy consumer magazines covering a wide selection of subjects, such as crafts, computers and gardening through to specialist trade journals and company in-house magazines.

The work varies depending on the size and type of magazine, but will normally include attending meetings to plan the content of the magazine and suggesting ideas for articles, interviewing, researching and collecting material and writing articles in the magazine's house style.

In contrast to newspaper journalists, most magazine journalists have specialist knowledge in the subject area covered by their publication.

What personal skills do you need?

You must have a flair for writing, good listening and questioning skills as well as an enquiring mind and an interest in people, places and events.

You must be able to research and absorb information quickly, and be able to handle the pressure of deadlines.

You should be determined and persistent, with self confidence and the ability to put people at ease.

What training do you need?

There are no set qualifications for becoming a magazine journalist, although most people applying for this job role have a degree.

A common starting point is to work as an editorial assistant for a magazine publishing house. …

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