Career Story: Web Editor At A Business Publishing Company

Web Editor At A Business Publishing Company

Job Title: Web Editor At Business Publishing Company

Type of Company: My company publishes magazines, e-newsletters and Web sites for professionals in a variety of industries, including marketing, advertising, agriculture, retail, meetings planning and others.

Education: BA in English, UMass-Dartmouth

Previous Experience: I've been with my current employer for nearly 15 years in a variety of roles, including reporter, managing editor, and auxiliary products editor. Prior to that, I was an associate editor at another business publishing company, a circulation assistant at a book publisher, and a reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers.

Job Tasks: I am responsible for updating the editorial content and art for a group of four Web sites, a blog and a forum that report news for people who work in marketing. I edit news stories and help coordinate a team of 6 reporters and editors. I also regularly write news stories myself, and blog on topics of interest to our readership.

Currently, I am also helping launch a new print magazine that will be published six times a year. This involves planning what stories will go in the magazine, writing articles, working with an art director to plan the look and design of the magazine, commissioning articles from freelancers and proofreading copy before the magazine goes to press.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part is the chance to talk to a variety of interesting people through interviews, and learn about new technologies and techniques in an industry (marketing) that is constantly changing. I also enjoy working in a team environment.

The worst part is dealing with the pressure of being in an industry (publishing) that is being hit particularly hard by the current economy.

Job Tips:
1. If you want to be a reporter or editor, get real world experience. Write, write and then write some more! Classroom experience is great, but when I've been in a position to hire, I've always been more inclined to lean towards reporters with solid experience, rather than those who attended fancy schools.

2. Local newspapers are a great place to get your feet wet and write about a variety of topics. Today, online publications can also be a great way to get experience and build up a file of "clips," aka published work.

Additional Thoughts: Don't limit yourself. Way back when, I wanted to be an entertainment reporter. I didn't even know business journalism existed! But it turned out to be an excellent career path for me. And I do get to write about entertainment-related marketing campaigns for TV shows, movies and books, so I did get to do what I always wanted to after all, if not in the way I expected!

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