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Francesca Cotton

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsSub-editor - Copy Supervisor - Copy Manager

About me

I am an articulate, creative and ambitious Senior Sub Editor with a critical eye for detail and excellent organisational skills looking to progress into a Deputy Chief Sub Editor role. Having four and a half years’ experience on the Subs desks at a national consumer magazine publisher and an award-winning content publishing agency, I can adapt to different types of content with ease, work as part of a close-knit team to maintain high standards of copy, and work calmly under pressure to consistently meet deadlines.

Work history


Senior Sub Editor, Red & Cosmopolitan

Hearst Magazines UK

Jun 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • I currently work across two national consumer titles as part of a hubbed Subs desk. I split my time equally across both titles, and work under a Chief Sub and Deputy Chief Sub on each title. My duties include: • Subbing raw copy and layouts, ensuring accuracy, consistency and that house style and tone of voice is adhered to. • Writing heads, sells and picture captions, and suggesting alternatives on proofs when necessary. • Chasing missing information from departments on both titles, and implementing any changes or corrections from editors on layouts. • Checking for legal issues throughout the production process, and sending proofs to legal when necessary, making sure changes are taken in. • Final-reading and PDFing approved pages, and organising them ready for sign off by the Chief Subs. • Liaising with the subscription and marketing departments on subscription pages for each title, and helping to sub-edit and write promotions when needed. • Stepping up in the absence of the Deputy Chief Subs to chase copy, help manage desk workflow and assist the Chief Subs on each title with signing off the issue. • Preparing and checking pages for the digital editions of Cosmopolitan. • Subbing the daily newsletter for Red for the digital team and uploading my own reviews and articles to the website via the CMS.