Traditionally sub-editors were drawn from the ranks of news reporters and this is still a viable option for people determined to work as a sub-editor.
However, much like sports journalism, students are now specialising early and with the advent of web publishing, layout and design skills are growing in demand.
To be a successful sub-editor you must be pedantic about spelling and grammar and fanatical about the correct use of punctuation. This is not an over-exaggeration; the best sub-editors are those who have a legendary commitment to fine detail.
Do you know the correct use of the apostrophe? If you want to be a successful sub-editor you need to know the possessive and plural rules inside-out.
Many NCTJ accredited courses offer Production Journalism as a specialist option which teaches students key sub-editing skills.
These courses are listed in the accredited courses section of this website.
The Journalism Diversity Fund has been set up by those in the industry who want to support the training of journalists from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds.
It is aimed at people without the financial means to attend NCTJ training courses. Applicants will need to demonstrate a genuine commitment to journalism and the potential to be successful.
Please visit the website for details of the selection criteria and the application process.