Advanced Subbing – In-company training

Anyone who subs has to be a multitasker. The role requires a range of skills from attention to detail and an excellent knowledge of grammar, to the ability to dream up a pithy headline. This hands-on course breaks down the role of the sub into its numerous parts and looks at the challenges of being a sub.


One day in-company training course

The course is packed with hints and tips to help you work smarter and maximise your potential.

The sub as quality monitor – fact-checking, following house style, maintaining accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar

The sub as production controller – meeting deadlines, working with flatplans

The sub as creative writer – coming up with reader-relevant heads, sells and captions

Doing it: Proofreading exercise; headline, sell and caption writing activity

Subbing challenges

The sub as multitasker

The sub as brand guardian – controlling tone of voice, language and style across different media

Doing it: An exercise to test sub-editing skills

Subbing management

The sub as team player – dealing with writers, designers and editors; the importance of negotiation and compromise

The sub as self-motivator – proactively setting and achieving goals; developing resilience

The sub as time manager – managing one’s own time and working effectively with the timescales of others

Doing it: A role play exercise based around a difficult issue; a team-related exercise to test interpersonal skills

To do lists – how will you put into practice what you have learned?

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This course provides you with practical skills that you can apply immediately to your own content. We send you away with a list of “To dos” to focus on after your training and will follow-up with you to see how you are getting on. We are always here if you have any queries at all.

To find out more about our range of in-company courses, and how we work and support you both before and after your training, please have a look at our in-company training page.

Our bespoke in-company training is run on a date and at a place to suit you. But if you would rather learn online, please have a look at our basic Sub-Editing elearning course.

Please call 00 44(0)1428 722105 or email us for more information on how we can help you organise your training.

Great course. Well tailored to our specific needs. I have improved my knowledge/skills and it will improve editorial standards across our portfolio.

Bauer Media