Websites do need sub-editors

“We’re a website. We don’t need sub-editors.”

I’ve heard that, and similar, comments from editors and writers of online publications on a few occasions.

I don’t know whether these people think a sub-editor’s skills are only of use in a print publication; they believe that the an online publication’s ability to instantly publish corrections means they don’t need sub-editors; or if they simply don’t understand what a sub-editor’s role involves.

So, for those online editors who are unsure what a good sub-editor can do for them, read this story taken from the website of the Irish Independent newspaper.

Article from Irish Independent

One of the duties of a sub-editor is to check facts, such as times, dates and people’s names. This to ensure information in an article is correct before it is published.

After all, you wouldn’t want to publish a story that mixed up an award-winning travel writer with an award-winning actress, would you?

Original article

Original press release



InDesign CS4 and CS5

I’m able to edit and layout documents using Mac OS X versions of InDesign CS4 and CS5.

When doing this kind of work, I need licensed copies of all the fonts used in the document.

You can use the Package command from the Files menu to collate all the fonts – and linked images – used in InDesign documents into a single folder, for passing on.

Due to technical reasons, InDesign CS5 cannot open CS5.5 and CS6 InDesign files.

However, you can export InDesign CS5.5 and CS6 files using Adobe’s IDML (InDesign Markup Language) format for importing into CS5.

To do this, use the Export command from the Files menu.

Copy Edited… Must-read links: 28 May – 3 June

Teeline shorthand example

Free data journalism handbook launched (Online Journalism Blog) – The Data Journalism Handbook is “free, open-source book that aims to help journalists to use data to improve the news”.

Telling wannabe journos “Don’t work for free” doesn’t help (Online Journalism Blog) – A discussion piece on the pros and cons of journalists working without pay.

Is linguistic inflation insanely awesome? (Macmillan DIctionary) – Is massively hyperbolic hyperbole leaving writers nowhere to go?

The problem with banning words (Sentence First) – Stan Carey (the writer of the previous post) looks at whether its constructive to prohibit writers from using certain words.

Shorthand: Still an essential part of a journalist’s toolkit? ( – Do reports still need shorthand? (The short answer: Yes.)

Ethical lessons learnt from covering the Norwegian massacre ( – Part of’s coverage of the Global Editors Network #HacktheNewsroom  summit, this report looks at how Norway’s news media approached the Oslo bombing and massacre, and gained respect of its readers and viewers.

Aggregation guidelines: Link, attribute, add value (The Buttry Diary via – Advice for reports who aggregation – combining and referring to online reports and posts – to improve their stories.

Seven tips in digital storytelling from the New York Times and CNN – ( – New York Times‘s assistant managing editor discusses how the newspaper is adapting to digital journalism, at the News World Summit.

5 Things Your Online Journalism Portfolio Should Include (10,000 Words) – These days journalists should have an online portfolio. These are the things you should include. It’s basic stuff, but easy to overlook.

New blog tracks ‘best practices in digital journalism’ ( – A report on Best Practices: a blog looks at and discusses how journalists deal with complications print journalists face on a daily basis (like corrections).

The corrections column co-editor on… the changing role of the sub-editor (The Guardian) – The editor of the Guardian’s corrections column details how the role of the newspaper’s sub-editors have changed with The Guardian’s move to a digital-first platform.

Online journalism jobs – from the changing sub-editor to the growth of data roles (Online Journalism Blog) – Another look at how digital publishing, and the rise of data journalism, is changing the role of journalists.