How to become a sub-editor
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist courses offered by professional bodies
You’ll usually need a degree in a relevant subject like:
- media studies
You can find relevant courses accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
You can do a postgraduate journalism course if your first degree is not in a related subject.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
You can work towards this role by starting with an advanced apprenticeship as a publishing assistant.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You can work your way into this job by starting as a reporter or editorial assistant with a regional newspaper or magazine. This can help you to build up your experience of proofreading and text editing.
It will also allow you to develop a portfolio of work that you can use to showcase your skills to potential employers.
You'll need to get some experience before applying for your first job in publishing. To build up your experience you can:
- volunteer for student and community newspapers
- keep an online blog
- have an online presence on sites such as Twitter
- submit articles and reviews to local papers or websites
This is also a good way to develop contacts, as many jobs are not advertised.
You'll find it helpful to take a sub-editing course if you've already got some experience in journalism, PR or media communications.
Courses are offered by organisations like:
You'll also need to be able to use desktop publishing software for many sub-editing jobs.
Professional and industry bodies
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