Sub-editing Skills


  • Sub-editing Skills

    The trainer took us through the course at a good pace and tailored it to the type of content we deal with at work. He had great examples and explained the concepts really well. Very enjoyable! Thanks.

    Microbiology Society
    March 2024
  • Sub-editing Skills

    The trainer was an excellent and made everything very interesting.

    Microbiology Society
    March 2024
  • Sub-editing Skills

    The trainer was great!

    Microbiology Society
    March 2024
  • Better Report Writing

    The best two days training I have ever had. Would definitely recommend and use again.

    Surrey Heath Borough Council
    March 2024
  • Writing Press Releases

    Clear and concise explanations of all program capabilities, very helpful.

    Hyder Consulting Ltd
    March 2024
  • Great delivery, enjoyable training session.

    March 2024
  • An excellent trainer with extreme depth of knowledge in the product. Also some really good and helpful shortcuts.

    March 2024

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  • 1 day course
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Course Outline

  • Sub-Editing
  • The Sub’s Eye
  • Reworking Difficult Copy
  • Headlines and Attention-Grabbers
  • Proofreading
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  • Sub-editing Skills

    The trainer took us through the course at a good pace and tailored it to the type of content we deal with at work. He had great examples and explained the concepts really well. Very enjoyable! Thanks.

    Microbiology Society
    March 2024
  • Sub-editing Skills

    The trainer was an excellent and made everything very interesting.

    Microbiology Society
    March 2024
  • Sub-editing Skills

    The trainer was great!

    Microbiology Society
    March 2024
  • Better Report Writing

    The best two days training I have ever had. Would definitely recommend and use again.

    Surrey Heath Borough Council
    March 2024
  • Writing Press Releases

    Clear and concise explanations of all program capabilities, very helpful.

    Hyder Consulting Ltd
    March 2024
  • Great delivery, enjoyable training session.

    March 2024
  • An excellent trainer with extreme depth of knowledge in the product. Also some really good and helpful shortcuts.

    March 2024

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Overview

This course will give confidence to those with responsibility for processing written copy and content for publication, and who want to develop their error-spotting, rewriting and copy-handling skills. It treats sub-editing as a clearly defined process and helps delegates to create practical frameworks and approaches for their own circumstances.
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Course Outline

Sub-Editing

  • The role of the sub-editor
  • Building a process
  • The sub-editor as the reader’s last line of defence
  • How to be a gatekeeper of editorial quality

The Sub’s Eye

  • Six essential checks for catching errors
  • Tailoring your own checklists
  • Breaking down the process: spelling and fact checking
  • Refreshing your command of grammar and punctuation
  • The importance of a style guide

Reworking Difficult Copy

  • Identifying common problems
  • Spotting unanswered questions and gaps in raw copy
  • When to apply a quick fix and when to rewrite
  • How to work sympathetically with writers and contributors

Headlines and Attention-Grabbers

  • Writing short-form content and captions
  • The skill of writing great headlines
  • Choosing the right pull-quotes
  • Using sub-heads to guide the reader

Proofreading

  • Defining the proofreading stage of copy editing
  • Tips for fast and efficient proofreading
  • Cutting copy to fit

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