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Sub-Editing Intro | Training Course

Master the skills you need to become an outstanding sub-editor.
Develop an eye for detail and the ability to work quickly under pressure.


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Sub-Editing Intro | Training Course

Course Takeaways
Course Info

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Course Takeaways

What will I learn?

  • The sub-editing process
  • Checking accuracy, readability, and style
  • Mastering structure
  • Spotting common issues and mistakes
  • Crafting engaging headlines
  • Free digital course assets
  • Free post-course helpdesk support
Course Takeaways
Learner Reviews

How good is the course?

  • Average Score 4.8 out of 5
  • Delicious lunch provided
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • 190 reviews

Day one

Part one

• Brief introduction to the role of the sub-editor in your organisation

• How sub-editing differs from proofreading

• Building a process based on appropriate essential checks for the type of copy, usually including:

• Does the copy fit the brief/meet its intended purpose?

- Is it pitched at the right level for the target audience?

- Is it factually accurate?

- Is it a good read and written to house style?

- Does it meet SEO requirements?

- Is it legally sound?

• Intro exercise

Part two

• Practical exercise

• Feedback and good practice examples of sentences that work well, versus the poorly constructed.

Part three

• How to use structure as the foundation for efficient sub-editing:

• Demonstration of the inverted pyramid for news (a top-loading format also effective for online content of all types including emails, short form content including marketing copy)

• Introduction to the 5Ws - a formula to help subs check content has key information readers require

Part four

• Practical exercises

Day two

Part one

• How to use structure as the foundation for efficient sub-editing:

• Demonstration of a variety of feature/ long-form structures including the diamond, hexagon, egg, egg timer, multi-pyramid

• Discussion of common problems and examples of how to fix copy that needs more than a tweak, with emphasis on improving intros and conclusions:

- weak intro

- lack of pace

- clunky transitions

- repetition

- length

- flabby sentences

- lame conclusion

Part two

• Practical exercise

• Feedback and group discussion.

Part three

• Discussion on how to work well with writers on opinion or first-person pieces, in particular learning to respect a writer's individual style and voice.

• Examples of when to change copy and when to leave it alone - particular focus on how to edit direct quotes/ paraphrase effectively.

Part four

• Writing titles and headlines that inform, promise and engage

• How SEO influences and helps headline writing

• How to balance creativity with practicality

• How to stay on the right side of click-bait

• How to use the other complementary display copy, that helps sell a piece - blurbs, call-outs, captions

• Final practical exercise

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"Insightful course, delivered in an engaging way and adapted to our needs. Relevant tasks to our organisation and useful information that can be actioned immediately."
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Latest Reviews

"Nathan explained key concepts clearly and tailored the writing tasks to my background and company. I thoroughly enjoyed the training and would recommend it to colleagues."
Technology Networks
  • 31st August

"Lovely location, friendly staff and a super knowledgeable trainer - Helen was fantastic!"
Skin + Me
  • 3rd April

"Really helpful! I thought the exercises were great at pushing me out of my comfort zone and helping me to learn. Piers offered some really great constructive criticism and I feel like I have a lot to take away and use in future."
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