Notes to accompany Exeter Observer community journalism courses.

Subediting actions

cf. What do subeditors do?

Subediting method

  1. Read from start to finish (out loud if possible), matching pace of first-time reader to get overall picture, identify structural errors/weaknesses etc.

    • do paragraphs flow in ideal sequence, following points set up in previous paragraph, with strong linking sentences?
    • does clear narrative thread run throughout piece that addressed central points/arguments?
    • do headline and standfirst accurately represent content?
    • does wrap-up draw all necessary threads together and provide satisfactory conclusion?
  2. Edit for structure

  3. Edit for style

  4. Check facts/names/claims etc.

  5. Check links

(i) use:

(ii) embed:

NB not considering print issues e.g. fitting copy into layout, removing widows/orphans etc.

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