- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of media production and communication
- the ability to read English
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent written communication skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
- checking the length of the text fits in with publisher requirements
- making sure the text is in the right style
- making sure the meaning of the text is clear
- checking that references are quoted correctly and pictures have the right captions
- checking for legal issues, like libel or breach of copyright
- talking to the author about queries or revisions
You could work in an office or from home.
You could become a features writer, chief sub-editor or production editor. Some sub-editors go freelance.
You can also find out more about working in this and other creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.