Editorial assistants provide support at all stages of the publication process in print and online.

What does an editorial assistant do?

You will be helping to support publishing teams by undertaking administrative tasks, writing content, doing picture research, proofing and editing documents. 

In print publishing, an editorial assistant's duties would include:

  • working with creative, editorial, production and marketing staff
  • acting as a point of contact for freelance writers
  • keeping databases, spreadsheets and other records up-to-date
  • proofing and sometimes editing documents
  • dealing with rights and permissions
  • acting as a personal assistant to commissioning editors
  • setting up interviews
  • working with digital images and page-layout software
  • supporting editing decisions, such as reviewing manuscripts and recommending whether they should be published
  • carrying out general office duties, such as photocopying

In online publishing, duties could also include:

  • proofing and editing online text, including social media
  • compiling newsletters using web-design software, and sending out newsletters using distribution software
  • uploading text and images to a website using a content management system

What do I need to do to become an editorial assistant?

You will need to have excellent written and spoken English as well as good organisational skills. 

A degree in English, journalism or media studies, along with relevant work experience would be beneficial, but it is possible to get into this job role through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship. 

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • IT
  • Literacy
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Related subjects

  • English
  • Media studies

Desirable qualifications

  • A degree in English, journalism or media studies

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could be working at a book publisher or magazine or working on a company's website.

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