A magazine writer is a type of journalist who writes for a magazine, either as a freelancer or on a staff position. Though "magazine writer" is not a term often used for the position, it does refer to someone who is employed to write for a magazine. The qualifications to become this type of writer vary depending on the type of position and subject matter of the magazine.
At the very least, a magazine writer typically always has a high school diploma. Beyond this, many writers also have college educations, often bachelor's degrees in English, journalism, communications, or a related field. It is challenging to become a magazine writer when just starting out, so many also try to get experience through internships and entry level positions.
These entry level positions may include things such as copy editing or fact checking, for example. Working in these positions will help one to get more experience in the magazine publishing business, and will also help one to develop contacts. As one's experience grows, it is then possible to receive assignments or a job as a magazine writer.
Again, many people who want to be writers start out as freelancers. An editor of a magazine may give a freelance writer a specific topic on which to write an article, as well as requirements such as word count or a certain style of writing. When the writer delivers a quality article, he or she may receive more assignments, and over time, may be offered a staff position.
Staff writers on magazines are often expected to come up with their own ideas for articles, though they may be assigned a specific "beat." It is assumed that staff writers are familiar with the subject matter and writing style of the magazine, as well as what topics would interest the readers. They should then be able to come up with their own ideas that they can submit to their editor for approval.
A magazine writer should take a job at a magazine with subject matter about which he or she is comfortable. This will make it easier to write quality articles, as well as to ask interesting questions during interviews, for instance. A magazine writer will need to be able to thoroughly cover a topic, approach topics from a new direction, and be able to write to capture readers' attention. It is necessary to be a motivated independent worker as well, because much of the time spent researching, writing, and editing the article will be spent alone.