Editing skills for journalists

This specialist editing option builds on the introduction to editing in the reporting syllabus. Production journalism is becoming an even more important skill as journalists are publishing stories without the luxury of copy being checked. The culture of getting it right first time needs to be instilled into trainees.

The programme of study includes: desktop publishing, editing different types of stories; headline writing; typography; pictures and captions; proof reading; and design.

Assessment: candidates sit a two and a half hour on-screen editing exam for a templated page and must produce online headlines, edit a selection of stories and nibs, write a sell-on and demonstrate the ability to crop and edit a picture story.

This option is available as a distance learning unit.