Copy Editing Fundamentals & Working With Digital Content

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Editing.

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About this Course


In this course, you’ll learn how a professional copy editor approaches the task of editing a simple nonfiction manuscript (up to 50 pages) that contains few elements other than running text. You’ll develop an understanding of what copy editing is (attention to punctuation, spelling, grammar, organization and established style) and is not (rewriting, proofreading or substantive editing).

Throughout the course, you’ll get frequent practice with standard editorial markup. We’ll also explore how to recognize the typical elements of a simple manuscript and how to identify the manuscript's elements for a designer and a compositor.

During computer lab sessions, you’ll also prepare to write and edit for the web and learn to use online dictionaries and other resources. We’ll discover why and how writing and editing online content differs from print, and what makes a good website. By the end of the course, you’ll know how to maximize web-based resources for research and how to create and edit online content that engages readers.

What You’ll Learn

  • Copy editing tips and techniques
  • Online content management and document collaboration tools and systems
  • The basics of web jargon and HTML*
  • How to construct and update an editorial style sheet
  • Effective fact checking and other editorial tasks for the web

*This is not an HTML course.

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Editing.