A key fact-checking editorial role responsible for enforcing quality control in all professional media, sub-editors are the primary sense-makers, and anything you read in it will certainly have been subjected to the interventions of at least one of them.
It is the sub’s job to summarise, synthesise and drive shape into raw copy, and their first task is to create consistency. They will ensure the words used are concise and that meaning is spelt out clearly. Unfamiliar terminology will be explained, and they check facts, spelling and grammar and remove ambiguity.
These are things even professional writers regularly miss in their own material. As such, sub-editors learn to become extremely fussy about language and how it is used on the page. And they must become the pickiest of proof-readers.
Such animals are indispensable to publishers because, above all, as “production” journalists, they are the people who, with designers, transform words, page by page, into publications.
There is not one that exists without them. And it is they who give a title its individual voice.
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