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5 Traits Every Good Magazine Editor Has

For many journalism junkies, there are few things more honorable than landing a spot on the masthead. However, being an editor requires much more than just a love for media or a knack for grammar. For one, you need to be able to multitask and manage the various projects and personalities of the staff.

“When you’re a writer, it’s a very singular experience,” said Jayson Rodriguez, a writer-turned-editor of XXL. “But here, I’m in touch with the art team; I’m in touch with the research department; I’m trying to make sure things can align on the front end as fast as they can so they have appropriate time on the back end. I’m thinking in terms of the whole product instead of just one story. In a lot of ways, it’s like you’re an ambassador of the process.”

Read more in 5 Signs You’re Ready to Be an Editor. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

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