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Sub-editor — Journalism

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A sub-editor checks over the stories which journalists write, making sure they are factually and grammatically correct, and suitable for the target audience. They edit the stories or headlines before fitting the stories into the available column space in the newspaper, magazine or website where they are being published.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for sub-editors can be from £15,000 to £23,000 a year. Senior sub-editors can earn £25,000 to £40,000 a year. Chief sub-editors for national newspapers may earn from £50,000 a year.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) suggests rates for freelance sub-editors, according to the type of publication and length of shift. Details are on the NUJ website.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Full details of the entry requirements and training for journalism can be found in the job profile, Journalist or Reporter.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

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2020
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2025
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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)
Website: http://www.bjtc.org.uk/
Twitter: @BJTC_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BJTCUK/

Chartered Institute of Journalists
Tel: 020 7252 1187
Website: https://cioj.org
Twitter: @CIoJournalist
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chartered-Institute-of-Journalists-108017897514/?fref=nf

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
Tel: 01799 544014
E-mail: info@nctj.com
Website: http://www.nctj.com/
Twitter: @NCTJ_news
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nctjpage

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