The goal of this course is to make you a proficient copy editor. These skills can be easily transferred to editing assignments in newspaper journalism, on websites, in magazines and other publications, in broadcasting, and in public relations. We will focus mostly on newspaper journalism. If your career goal is to be a writer, the course should help you do a better job of revising your own copy.

The course will teach proficiency in:

General Skills
Editing for accuracy, clarity and fairness of content.
Editing for precision in the language.
Writing headlines, captions and other display elements.
Editing Photographs
Planning News Packages
Evaluating the relative importance of news.

Skills for Print Editions
Basic Print Terminology
Layout and Page Design
Graphics and Sidebar Development

Skills for Web Editions
Designing for multimedia platforms
Linking and embedding content
Search Engine Optimization

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Class Materials and Notes