Once upon a time, I was a feature editor, before I accepted the editorial development job for the whole company. I’m not sure I agree that the job is entirely gone just yet – it needs to evolve into a wider “in-depth” content role, producing content for both print and web. But yes, expecting to hold a features editor job until retirement will only work if you’re retiring in the next few months.
Are Features Editors Doomed?
That said, I also think we’ll see an increasing shift towards journalists becoming beat-defined, rather than content-type defined and, in that sense, the news reporter job is just as doomed as the feature writer.
Adam has been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 25. He currently works as a consultant and trainer, helping people do better, more engaged online journalism.