Sub-Editing : Advanced

One Day Course


This course builds on the Introduction to Sub Editing course and concentrates on improving your ability to sub a wide range of news and features material.

The course consists of series of practical exercises using copy that needs a substantial amount of work. You will also develop your skills in selling a story - writing excellent headlines, standfirsts, pull-quotes and captions. You should have attended the Introduction to Sub Editing course at the LCMJ or have an equivalent working knowledge.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • Public Courses

    Maximum class size of five (the smallest in London) 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.

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Course Outline

  • Developing techniques for fast and efficient sub editing of news stories
    • Essential sub editing checks
    • Performing these checks faster and more efficiently

    Advanced techniques for sympathetic and effective sub editing
    • Sub editing skills for interviews
    • Sub editing first person pieces
    • Subbing comment pieces
    • Improving copy without rewriting

    Sub editing articles contributed by non-journalists
    • How to handle rewrites
    • Good and bad ways to approach a re-write
    • How to keep the writer happy

    Writing better headlines, standfirsts, captions and other sells
    • Why some headlines work and some don\'t
    • Creating headlines to give added appeal to a story
  • Introduction to layout
    • Essential principles of page layout
    • Different layouts for different types of material

    Improving proofreading skills
    • Spotting serious but well hidden errors

    Subbing for an online audience
    • Hints and tips for subbing short-form digital content quickly and thoroughly

    Subbing your own copy
    You will take part in a series of practical tests to determine how well you edit your own copy. These are designed to highlight and improve any weak areas.

    Media law refresher and update
    • The latest legal developments affecting journalists and sub editors

    You are invited to bring samples of your work to this course if you wish.

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Who Are We?

LCMJ is the UK's leading writing and journalism training provider.

Our courses are aimed at business people and writers who need to develop their writing skills to communicate clearly and effectively.

London Bridge Centre

Unit 5,
Suffolk House,
127-129 Great Suffolk Street,


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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.

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

  • We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We won't send you out to the shops with a voucher.

Wellcome Trust
11th Dec

I found the course extremely informative and geared specifically to my individual needs.

The Guardian
29th Oct

The instructor was friendly, responsive and knowledgeable - all you could ask for.

9th Jan

Recommended to me as Media Training has a great reputation - the one on one training was very beneficial .