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

Throughout the course, there is frequent practice of standard editorial markup. Participants also learn how to construct and update an editorial style sheet, 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, participants also prepare to write and edit for the Web and learn to use online dictionaries and other resources. Discover why writing and editing content for the Web differs from print. Explore what makes a good Web site. Examine online content management, document collaboration and how to network professionally, including:

  • The basics of Web jargon and HTML (this is not an HTML class)
  • Useful online resources for editors
  • Effective fact checking and other editorial tasks for the Web
  • The best Web tools for a specific project or task

By the end of the course, participants will know how to maximize Web-based resources for research and create and edit content for the Web that engages readers.

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Editing.