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In an editorial hierarchy the deputy editor will come either second after the editor or third after the editor and managing editor, although this depends on the size of the organisation. Their role will involve both writing their own material and editing, reviewing and sometimes rewriting the work of others before material is sent to press.
In the absence of the most senior editor the deputy will assume responsibility for the entire publication in a number of ways, from checking all material for errors in spelling, grammar, syntax and overall content to representing and promoting the publication and attending events.
Deputy editors will regularly meet with features and commissioning editors and writers within the department in order to keep up to date on progress to report to the editor. They offer ideas and opinions where necessary and help commissioning editors decide which authors to commission.
They may be put in charge of allocating work to writers and editors either in-house or externally.