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.
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.
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