It takes a lot of people to bring a magazine together. Though the digital revolution and the Internet has led some magazines to go online completely, there are still plenty of magazine jobs out there for those who really want to work for one of these publications.
What Jobs Are Available at Magazines?
Magazines require a lot of people with a wide variety of skill sets to keep coming out on time. Magazines need writers to create content, but they also need editors to make sure that content is up to snuff. These publications need artists and photographers for cover and interior images, and they also need layout specialists to make the pages as attractive as possible. For those with websites (which is most, if not all magazines) the need for webmasters and programmers is also there. In order to have careers at a national magazine exchange also tends to have a legal department, as well as a financial one, taking care of the nuts and bolts of contracts, payments, and other necessities to keep the machine running.
What Are The Benefits of Working at a Magazine?
Working for a magazine comes with a lot of different benefits, depending on the type of magazine an individual works for. There’s the chance to meet and interview leaders in a field if one is a writer, as well as the chance to cover events one might not get access to normally like trade shows, award shoes, etc.
Those who work at a magazine also have the chance to stay plugged in to the latest goings on in the industry. Whether it’s movies and entertainment, science, machining, or another field entirely, those who work at a magazine covering an industry get to keep their pulse on the topic. That means they’re the first to get news, and they often have an inside story that other people just aren’t going to get access to. Additionally magazine employees may find they can work flexible hours, and that they may be allowed to telecommute for their jobs depending on company policy.
Does Size Matter?
Whether someone works at a big magazine or a small one does have an impact on a lot of different factors. For instance, a national magazine tends to offer more money and better benefits when compared with smaller, more regional publications for the simple reason that there’s a bigger audience. A bigger readership means there’s more money to be spread around. It also means there’s a bigger scope of events and people that a magazine can gain access to. While a national publication might be able to get interviews with pop stars, NASA scientists or movie stars, more local publications may have trouble commanding the same level of attention.
Smaller magazines tend to be a little more flexible though, and they can be more intimate than a huge publication is. There’s less competition, which also makes them a good place to either start out or to pick up additional income with side work. While there’s nothing wrong with choosing a small publication over a large one, or vice versa, it’s important for an individual to know what he or she should expect. If someone knows what he or she is getting into by working for a particular magazine it cuts down on disappointments and frustrations.