Media, Writing, and Communications Certificate in Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking
Offered fully online, the Certificate in Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking is designed to provide students with expert advice on what publishers look for and the skills needed to become an exemplary copy editor across all types of media–including book, magazine, newspaper, and online publishing. The contributions of copy editors and proofreaders are invaluable to the publishing process. Their roles are essential to ensuring the consistency and accuracy of text and preparing manuscripts for publication. Job opportunities are available through the robust freelance market and occasionally through full-time in-house positions, and the skills are transferable to all industries that utilize written communications. Gain familiarity with the structure of publishing and digital media organizations, and the roles of proofreaders, copy editors, and fact-checkers. Learn how to recognize media bias and the importance of broadening your news sources. Become familiar with standard copyediting and proofreading symbols and terminology, style guides, house styles, and production cycles. Develop techniques to edit text for accuracy, clarity, and flow. Through hands-on practice, learn how to proof against a manuscript, utilize appropriate reference works, and solve common grammar, punctuation, and word use issues.
The Certificate must be completed within three years of taking the first certificate-eligible course; and is awarded to students who successfully complete the seven required courses.
Upon successful completion of the certificate, students may be eligible for up to 3 credits toward the MS in Publishing degree. Details provided upon acceptance to the MS in Publishing program.
Note: We strongly recommend that students take Mastering English Grammar/WPUB1-CE9503 and Fact-Checking for Accuracy/WPUB1-CE9502 before taking any other courses in the Certificate program. Please see the course descriptions below for more information.
For advisement, please contact the Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earn a 10% DISCOUNT* on courses by declaring your candidacy for the Certificate in Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking.