How To Be a Brilliant Editor: From Ideas to Feedback

Refine your briefing, copy and communication skills

This one-day editor training course will take you a step closer to receiving perfect copy from writers, and fixing any problems quickly and with flair.

What You’ll Learn: How to lead ideas meetings, edit copy and deliver feedback

Being an editor isn’t easy and even journalists with decades of experiences can struggle to make the leap from writing or reporting. This course will help you gain a clear understanding of what the role of an editor is and what it takes to be successful in the job.

We’ll take an in-depth look at what makes a good feature, and discuss how the best in the business conjure concepts that keep you reading to the end. We’ll equip you to think critically while assessing the current features landscape; and help you build a toolkit for developing winning ideas.

A focus on how you can work well with writers will help you shape their ideas sensitively and effectively, and you’ll learn how to run successful brainstorming sessions that encourage genius ideas. You’ll also take a closer look at the briefing process and how to write concise and clear guidelines to ensure writer and editor are aligned.

We’ll spend time discussing what to look out for when reviewing writers’ work, and address one of the trickiest aspects of the job – giving constructive feedback that results in better copy and strong working relationships.

How you’ll learn

This three-module course will be led by an experienced editor and trainer who will share their practical expertise through presentations, discussion and practical exercises – ensuring you have opportunity to reinforce your learning and test your understanding.

Who the course is for

This editor training is for you if you’re looking to build your editing skills or are moving into an editing role. Delegates should have professional experience in an editorial or content role. For a detailed look at copy-editing, you might like our Become A Subediting Superhero course.

We currently offer this course as bespoke training for teams and can deliver it remotely, or in your offices. Get in touch using the button below to discuss times and dates, as well as how we can tailor it to your needs. 

If you’re booking for yourself, find all of our scheduled courses here

Course Modules

Generating Brilliant Ideas

  1. Exploring feature formats
  2. Generating features ideas
  3. Developing your idea
  4. Regular and returning features
  5. Build your own ideas – practical

Commissioning: From Idea to Brief

  1. Generating ideas
  2. Running an ideas meeting
  3. Why briefing matters
  4. How to write a good brief
  5. Editing to brief

Editing Stories (And Writers)

  1. The role of the editor
  2. The speedy edit
  3. Giving writer feedback
  4. The considered edit
  5. The final polish
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How To Be a Brilliant Editor: From Ideas to Feedback

Refine your briefing, copy and communication skills

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What our students say

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The training scenarios are as real to life as you could possibly get. They took considerable time to research our current plans and issues and used these to design a series of true to life radio and TV interviews. The team is outstanding, and their expertise and knowledge has been invaluable. Book them – you’ll be glad you did.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group
, Communications Manager

The teaching I received was second to none and despite having no experience whatsoever in journalism, the tutors made sure there was a friendly environment where I felt welcome to ask any questions I needed. I was able to finish the course and go into a job working for The Sun.

Olivia Allhusen
, Junior Journalist
, The Sun

What a great session we had on Communicating with Impact. Bridgid shared practical techniques to enhance and develop our communications skills so we can present and speak publicly or to senior stakeholders with confidence and impact.  I speak for my whole team in highly recommending Bridgid Nzekwu if you are after effective and fun communication training.

, Group Legal Director, Corporate Commercial & Compliance

The staff truly go above and beyond, providing detailed feedback, a wealth of knowledge and many career opportunities. I’d recommend the course to any budding journalist. You’ll have fun, too!  

Erin Waks
, Trainee Sub-Editor
, Daily Mail

I learned to write concise articles and features, while developing my skills in social media, interviewing sources, and producing stories for an increasingly online audience. The course has allowed me to start a full-time journalism career.

Jonathan Moynihan
, Social Media Producer
, Forces News

It’s a great place to make connections – networking with teachers, guest speakers and fellow students can be key to gaining advice or even job opportunities during and after the course. 

James Saunders
, Digital News Reporter
, GB News 

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