Copyediting Fundamentals & Working With Digital Content


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 copyeditor approaches the task of editing simple nonfiction and short fiction manuscripts that contain few elements other than running text. You’ll develop an understanding of what copyediting 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. You’ll learn how to recognize the typical elements of a simple manuscript and how to tag the manuscript's elements for a designer and a compositor.

You’ll also prepare to write and edit for the web and learn to use dictionaries and other online resources. You’ll discover how writing and editing online content differs from print, and what makes for an effective website. By the end of the course, you’ll know how to effectively use web-based resources for research and how to create and edit online content that engages readers.

The course includes a Working with Digital Content for Editors workshop, which is required for successful completion.

What You’ll Learn

  • Copyediting techniques and editing levels
  • Online content management and document collaboration tools and systems
  • The basics of web terminology and how to use web-based tools for editorial tasks such as fact checking
  • How to construct and update an editorial style sheet
  • How to create an estimate for a copyediting project

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Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Editing.

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