Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Sub-editing

Main Topics of Study

Quark

  • What is Quark?
  • Technology and the sub

Editorial Production

  • Creating news
  • Newsroom
  • Copytaster
  • Measuring the news
  • News patterns
  • Production
  • Production start up

Design and Typography

  • Format
  • Balance of contents
  • Roles
  • Designing the pages
  • Typography
  • Using type
  • Design workshop

Pictures

  • Role of pictures
  • Sources
  • Photo briefing
  • Choosing pictures
  • Editing pictures
  • Design

Text

  • Editing
  • Checking sources
  • Making it fit
  • Editing the page
  • Order and shape
  • Introduction
  • Delayed drop
  • Story sequence
  • Quotes
  • Geography
  • Time

Language

  • Sentence
  • Paragraphs
  • Punctuation
  • Right word
  • Cliches
  • Vogue words
  • Misused words
  • House style
  • Journalese

Writing Headlines

  • Words
  • Symbols
  • Accuracy
  • Headline punctuation
  • Abbreviations
  • Content

Headline Typography

  • Shape
  • Arrangement
  • Type style
  • Character counts
  • Spacing
  • Creativity
  • Alternative words
  • Caption writing
  • Contents bills

Rewriting

  • When to rewrite
  • Revising and editionising

Subbing and the Law

  • Legal traps
  • Privilege

Handling a Running Story

  • Dealing with the text

Features

  • Planning and design
  • Editing and projection

Example Candidate Response Booklet

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New Subediting: Apple-Mac, QuarkXpress and After (Media Manuals) 

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