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Media, Writing, and Communications Certificate in Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking

Diploma Description

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Now 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. Although the work of copy editors and proofreaders is invisible, their contributions to the publishing process are invaluable. Copy editors and proofreaders play roles essential to ensuring the consistency and accuracy of text and preparing manuscripts for publication. These skills are in demand across all types of media, including book, magazine, newspaper, and online publishing. 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.

Become familiar with standard copyediting and proofreading symbols and terminology, style guides, and house styles. 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. Also, explore a specialization in book, magazine, digital, or video copyediting through elective courses that cover production cycles and the roles of proofreaders, copy editors, and fact-checkers in those areas. The Certificate must be completed within three years of taking the first certificate-eligible course.

Schedule and Format

  • Hybrid (online synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Three required courses and two of four elective courses

 

The Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the three required courses and two elective courses within three years.

Note: Students are required to take Mastering English Grammar/WPUB1-CE9503 and Fact-Checking for Accuracy/WPUB1-CE9502 before taking any elective courses in the Certificate program. Please see the course descriptions below for more information.

For further advisement, please contact the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at sps.cala@nyu.edu.

Must be completed within

3 years

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED COURSES

All Courses Required

Mastering English Grammar

Review the eight principal parts of speech, and gain an understanding of how they work together syntactically to form sentences.

2020 Fall
2 sections

Fact-Checking for Accuracy

Learn to develop effective fact-checking strategies to apply in any field of publishing.

2020 Fall
2 sections

A Career in Copyediting: Freelancing Is the New Black

Hone both your copyediting skills and your professionalism, and receive expert advice on how to get hired at either a magazine or book publisher.

2020 Fall
2 sections

ELECTIVE COURSES

Complete 2

Copyediting and Proofreading Books

This hands-on course provides intensive training in the fundamentals of copyediting and proofreading books.

2020 Fall
1 section

Magazine Copyediting

Learn the copyediting skills needed to work in the magazine industry, from a print and online perspective.

Digital Copyediting

This course explores the digital landscape and the copy desks within it, allowing for a deeper understanding of the industry.

2020 Fall
1 section

Video Copyediting

This course provides a hands-on look at copyediting for video, including script editing, fact-checking reported video content, and closed captioning.

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required