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Sub-Editing : Introduction

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Two Day Course


This course is designed to help you develop the skills you need to be an outstanding sub-editor; an orderly mind, scepticism, an eye for detail, an obsession with accuracy and the ability to work quickly under pressure.

This two-day course utilises practical examples throughout and is ideal for those new to sub-editing as well as writers and journalists who wish to tighten and fine-tune their own copy. You need no previous sub editing experience to attend this course.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.


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  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £599 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Knowing what to look for
    How to learn the knack of spotting the errors that might pass an average reader by but which the sub-editor must always correct

    Six essential checks
    The six routine checks that will uncover the majority of potential errors in copy and help the sub-editor get it right every time

    When to change copy and when to leave it alone
    • When to cut and when to rewrite
    • Editing copy to fit

    Sub editing news
    • News stories follow a particular set format - how to ensure a news story is written correctly

    Sub editing features and opinion pieces
    • Features have a different structure to news stories - how to sub a feature
    • What you can and can't do to an opinion piece
  • Online subbing techniques
    • Tips for subbing short-form digital content quickly and thoroughly

    Writing headlines, standfirsts, captions and other sells
    This is the most creative part of sub-editing, the most fun and - in terms of getting a reader to actually read a story - the most important
    • Creating eye-catching sells
    • The secrets of writing a good headline

    An essential guide to proofing
    • Good proofreading techniques

    Tips on keeping the writer happy
    • How to have good working relations with your writers

    How to sub your own copy
    On publications with a small team, writers often have to sub their own copy. It's difficult to spot errors you have committed yourself so this course covers key steps to help you sub your own work

    What sub-editors need to know about media law
    • Spotting potentially expensive legal errors
    • Legal points you must be aware of and what to do if you are unsure

    Questions and answers
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We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed18147
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

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"amazing food. loved the activities and found it all very relevant"

"Explaining everything, making it fun with exercises and the use of examples. Alice was great at keeping us engaged."

"Legal law explanation part was clear, workshops were effective and informative too."

"The content of the course was well communicated, interesting and relevant. It was great to have exercises to consolidate what we'd learnt and good to be able to feed back to the tutor. Delicious food and very friendly atmosphere."

"Pierres was a fantastic tutor throughout this two day course."

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"Great class sizes and one-to-one support available."

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"Very professional, laid back environment"

"Small class meant having great support and 121 attention from the trainer - that was super valued!"

"Experienced trainer, the course covers areas that are useful for my work"

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"Varied activities, positive feedback, making the content interesting "

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"Really liked how small the class size was; excellent classrooms. "

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"Everything else I thought was run brilliantly and the teacher was excellent."

"The trainer gave clear practical advice. I feel like I've come away with tools to help me with my day-to-day work. "

"approachable, humorous, friendly, engaging "

"Engaging good content, good feedback"

"Our teacher was fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyable"

"The organisation and guidance across the two days couldn't be faulted. Engaging lessons with interesting topics."

"Front of house service is always good and staff are friendly."

"It was a lovely environment and I really enjoyed the course"

"Practical examples. Putting learnt skills to practise was incredibly useful. Patsy was a fantastic trainer and made the course good fun. "

"I've thoroughly enjoyed the course and it's been very informative. Great exercises to really get you thinking and a lovely trainer. Everyone has also been very welcoming and helpful."

"The course timings and structure were good; the facilities are also very nice. "

"Very friendly staff, knowledgeable trainer, light and airy surroundings, excellent food."

"Very informative sessions with a trainer who was friendly and encouraging. Understanding and tailoring everything to our individuals roles."

"Piers was a highly knowledgeable teacher/course leader, who could relate to all aspects of sub-editing. Both print and digital were covered in great detail with actionable examples, and any questions I had were answered with ease and real-world experience. Thank you!"