Magazine journalists research and write news articles and features for a wide variety of periodicals, including consumer titles, business journals and trade publications. Magazines have a defined readership and focus on a specialist area or interest.
Magazine journalism can cover a range of disciplines, such as writing, sub-editing, and designing.
Increasingly, magazines are also being produced for other media, especially the web. Knowledge of the concise writing style needed for the internet and search engine optimisation are very useful skills.
The nature of a journalist's work varies considerably depending on the size of the employing organisation and the subject matter covered by the publication. It may also be affected by the medium through which the magazine is produced.
Freelance journalists spend time networking and building up relationships with publications and their staff. Self-employed freelancers also need to negotiate their own rates, bookkeep and be self-motivated. They must pitch ideas to interested publications and constantly secure new work.
On smaller magazines, the role of magazine journalist might include all of these activities plus administrative work. It may also involve an element of sub-editing, proofing your own or other writers’ copy, as well as some design work.
Many magazines have a website, and journalists may also cover the same topics for the website, but they will have to adapt their writing style for online journalism.