A career in journalism often begins with a role as a staff writer. Staff writers are responsible for providing standard content, such as news reports, reviews and features. In comparison with a newspaper journalist or reporter which requires traveling, a staff writer for a magazine or website is an office-based role.

There is a wide range of magazines and websites employing staff writers, from sports, to consumer goods, to science. An interest in the subject is vital as you will be researching and writing news, features and anything to do with the subject of the magazine.


The duties of a staff writer generally fall under the following categories:

  • Carrying out research
  • Writing content for publication
  • Attending conferences, events or seminars
  • Communicating with other staff and people in the industry

Content could fall under the category of news, reviews, features, or columns. Reviews make up a big part of electronics, music, video games and movie magazines, whereas news and features are the bulk of science, academic, art and travel magazines.