Were you the favorite student of your language teacher whether Hindi or English? Do you think you know a language in terms of grammar and vocabulary better than your other fellow mates? Do you think you can turn copy into readable words, with correct grammar, spelling and style? If yes, then you could be an effective press sub-editor.
A sub-editor is the one who gives a final and perfect shape to a write-up for print. They are responsible for ensuring the correct grammar, spelling, house style and tone of the published work.
Subs make sure that the copy is factually correct and that it suits the target market. They also lay out the story on the page, write headings and captions, and may be involved with overall page design.
Like other journalism roles, sub-editing is demanding and requires constant attention to detail in a fast-paced working environment.
To be a good sub, you must be an all-rounder: you need to know media law, have a keen eye for detail and be able to put a story together with speed and style. The essential skills required to become a sub-editor are a degree in mass communication/mass media/journalism and strong command on any of the language.
Depending on the nature of employment and the extent to which production and layout work falls within the sub-editor's remit, your tasks will typically involve the following:
1. editing copy, written by reporters or features writers, to remove spelling mistakes and grammatical errors
2. rewriting material so that it flows or reads better and adheres to the house style of a particular publication
3. ensuring that a story fits a particular word count by cutting or expanding material as necessary
4. writing headlines that capture the essence of the story or are clever or amusing
5. liaising with reporters, journalists and editors
6. checking facts and stories to ensure they are accurate, adhere to copyright laws, are not libelous or go against the publication's policy
7. working to a page plan to ensure that the right stories appear in the correct place on each page
8. keeping up to date with sector issues, e.g. by reading related publications
So, now you know, the foundation of our career starts with our basic learning at school level.