A sub editor is in charge of checking all written content before it is published in print or online.

What does a sub editor do?

A sub editor checks newspaper articles and magazine features, as well as website content, to make sure there are no spelling mistakes, or factual and grammatical errors. They will also rewrite some of the content, if necessary, to try and make it clearer for readers. This may involve talking to the original writer of the content to make sure all the facts are still correct.

Sub editors can also be responsible for making sure content adheres to house style and doesn’t break libel or copyright laws, as well as checking that the layout of articles is correct before sending the pages to be printed.

What do I need to do to become a sub editor?

You will need excellent English and grammar, as well as good research, fact checking and organisational skills.

You will usually need a degree in English or journalism as well as experience working within publishing.

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • IT
  • Literacy
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Time management

Academic route

  • GCSEs
  • A levels

Related subjects

  • English
  • Media studies

Desirable qualifications

  • A degree in English or journalism.

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You might be working for consumer or trade magazines, websites or newspapers.

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