Subeditors edit all the text that goes into a newspaper, the broad areas of news and features and sectional specialisms such as sport and financial.

Advances in technology have broadened the subs’ role. We have seen how, from the start, the computer allowed them to turn their material into type for the page, thus cutting out the old-style composing room, and finally how to control the whole edited product by making up the pages on screen.

It is easy to exaggerate the effect of all this on text editing. The computer has proved a marvellous tool, leading to cost-saving and greater speed and efficiency, to say nothing of better looking ...

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