What is a Proofreader? The School Leaver Guide
What is a Proofreader?
The job of a Magazine Journalist is to research and write news articles and features for different publications, be it in print or online platforms.
What does a Proofreader do?
Your duties will include:
- Meeting with colleagues to organise content for upcoming magazine issues
- Researching a subject point and news story
- Working with PR professionals to generate news stories
- Pitching story ideas to the magazine’s editor
- Writing and editing news stories and features
- Revising and practising the magazine’s house style of writing
- Ensuring that work is written to a high standard, accurately and submitted on time
- Conducting interviews over the phone and/or in person
- Attending seminars, press conferences and PR events
- Sourcing images to accompany written pieces
- Staying on top of trends and developments
Skills & interests required for a Proofreader
- Excellent writing skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- A demonstrable interest in the ethos of the magazine
- Photoshop, InDesign and Java
- Great researching skills
Journalists commonly work a 40 hour week but this can sometimes be more. The hours depend upon the publications deadline and can increase when deadlines are in close proximity! Core hours vary depending on the type of publication you’re working for. For example, an evening newspaper may be 8am - 5pm or a morning newspaper might be 10am - 6pm.
Journalists can sometimes find they’re required to work outside of work hours to report on an important story as it breaks.
You are likely to be based in an office, although freelance is very common meaning you can work from home.
You may be required to travel within the working day, in fact you may occasionally need to be away from home at night to report on a story. Overseas work and travel is often required if you are working for an international trade magazine.
Salary ranges & earning potential
A starting salary for a junior writer ranges from £15,000 to £26,000 per annum in London, although as a paid work placement student, you can expect to earn around £12,000 per annum.
With experience, senior journalists usually earn between £18,000 and £35,000. If you work for a major publication or become editor-in-chief, you salary will be anything between £22,000 to £80,000.
Perks & benefits
Journalists often thrive on being right in the middle of all the action when a news story “breaks”. You can even be the one breaking the story. Journalists also get the meet some of the most interesting people on the planet.
You are not expected to have a degree to enter this field, but most new magazine journalists have a degree. Experience is definitely worth more to an employer than most qualifications. A degree in your specialised field of journalism would also be attractive to an employer.
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