Editorial AssistantJob Description:
Editorial assistants provide support at all stages of the publication process for books, journals, magazines and online content.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- be a point of contact for authors
- keep databases, spreadsheets and other records up to date
- read documents and make corrections
- deal with rights and permissions
- act as personal assistant to commissioning editors
- work with images and page layout software
- proof and edit online text, including social media content
- compile and send out newsletters using design and distribution software
- edit text and images using a content management system (CMS)
- edit text on apps
- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of media production and communication
- the ability to read English
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
To become an Editorial Assistant, specific subjects are not typically required. However, building a strong educational foundation and developing relevant skills can be advantageous for pursuing a career in editorial work. Here are some considerations:
- English Language: English language skills are critical for editorial roles. A strong command of grammar, punctuation, and writing is essential.
- Mathematics (Maths): Basic math skills may be helpful for certain editorial tasks, such as budgeting or data analysis, depending on the specific responsibilities of the editorial assistant role.
- Literature: While not mandatory, a passion for literature and reading can be a valuable asset in an editorial career. It can also help you appreciate various writing styles and genres.
- Computer Skills: Proficiency in using word processing software, content management systems, and other digital tools is important for modern editorial roles.
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist training courses with professional bodies
Subjects like English, journalism or media studies are often preferred.
If you want to specialise in a particular field of publishing, you may need a degree that’s closely related to it, for example physics or maths for a scientific journal.
You can get into this role through an advanced apprenticeship as a publishing assistant.
This typically takes 18 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study. Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could work in a publishing office or a company’s communications department as a general assistant and work your way up through in-house training and promotion.
You’ll find it useful when applying for jobs, to have done some paid or unpaid work experience in publishing.
You could take a proofreading or editing course.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings occasionally.
You could work in an office or from home.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience you could move into more senior editorial roles, or work on a freelance basis.