This course covers editing principles and techniques. Topics include how readers use and comprehend texts, the editor's role in the publication process, the writer/editor relationship, and editing for organization, format, style, grammar, punctuation, usage, consistency and accuracy. Students edit a variety of texts, including technical documents and newsletter articles in print and online.
- Understand an editor's multiple roles (making decisions, developing sources, working with writers, editing for content, and copyediting for punctuation, grammar, and style).
- Understand the editor's role in publication process and can complete an editing task from idea to publication.
- Develop critical thinking skills (analysis, imagination, synthesis, and evaluation).
- Develop editorial judgment: able to decide what is appropriate content and what meets the needs of readers, writers, and editors.
- Edit effectively for accuracy, consistency, style, visual effectiveness, and completeness.
- Know conventions of standard English sufficiently to edit for grammar and mechanics.
- Edit effectively for comprehensive issues, such as organization, format, and appropriateness to audience.