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Magazine Copyediting

Learn how magazine copyediting—for both print and digital formats—differs from book copyediting in a fundamental, day-to-day way. While each session will familiarize you with the foundations of accuracy, clarity, and coherence, which all copy editors need in their toolbox, this course will focus on the specifics needed to work in the magazine industry, from a print and online perspective. While analyzing the various sections of a print magazine, from the front of book to the feature well, and the unique style, function, and voice of each, we will explore the diversity of magazine genres within the industry and learn how a magazine copy editor is responsible for upholding the individual voice of that magazine, as well as how to remain organized and nimble when working across multiple titles and platforms. Learn how each magazine’s style guide plays the crucial role in that publication’s landscape, and become familiar with such industry-standard style guides as The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition. The course will focus on magazine production cycles, noting how a copy editor’s role dovetails with those of other editors, as well as the art and production departments, even when working remotely. You also will become familiar with common programs and best practices, including working within an online content management system, Microsoft and Google suites, and Adobe InCopy and InDesign.

This course is delivered in an online format that uses a combination of real-time, instructor-led (synchronous) video meetings and self-paced (asynchronous) learning within NYU’s online learning platform, and there are weekly deadlines for lesson and assignment completion.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to copyedit and proofread across the full spectrum of magazine genres
  • The skills to input text changes, work with layouts, and communicate with editors digitally using common programs and organizational systems
  • Knowledge of the roles and tasks associated with magazine copyediting and proofreading for both print and digital platforms
  • Confidence in using a magazine’s specific style guide along with standard reference guides while remaining nimble enough to move between publications
  • An understanding of the production cycle of magazines and their websites
  • Familiarity with taking copyediting tests

Ideal for

  • Professionals who are interested in entering the field of magazine copyediting
  • Copy editors who seek to hone their skills for print and online magazine publishing
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