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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 copy editor approaches the task of editing a simple nonfiction manuscript that contains 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. 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.

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 for an effective 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.

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

What You’ll Learn

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

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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