Media and Communications Diploma in Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking
Although the work of copy editors and proofreaders is invisible, their contributions to the publishing process are invaluable. Copy editors and proofreaders play an essential role in ensuring the consistency and accuracy of text and preparing manuscripts for publication. These skills are in demand across all types of media, including book publishing, magazine publishing, and online media. Job opportunities are available through the robust freelance market, as well as in full-time in-house positions, and the skills are transferable to all industries that utilize written communications.
As a participant in the Diploma in Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking, you will become familiar with standard copyediting and proofreading symbols and terminology, style guides, and house styles. You will develop techniques to edit text for accuracy, clarity, and flow. Through hands-on practice, you will learn how to proof against a manuscript; utilize appropriate reference works; and solve common grammar, punctuation, and word use issues. The program also will cover the ins and outs of book and magazine publishing, including the standard production cycles and the roles of and relationships among proofreader, copy editor, editor, and production editor, as well as all other staff positions. You will receive hands-on training in Adobe InCopy and InDesign, the two most commonly used software programs for copyediting and proofreading. This Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete all four courses and the required work product.
The work product will be a project that is meant to assess, upon successful completion of the Diploma courses, your mastery of grammar and standard word use, attention to detail, ability to catch errors in consistency, proper utilization of reference tools, and understanding of style guides. You will be asked to copyedit and fact-check two pieces of text. You will need to identify and correct grammatical errors, incorrect word use, mislaid type, inconsistencies in font and layout, and mislabeled or misattributed artwork/photographs—all without the assistance of a style guide. Using the text itself as a guide, you must discern the overarching “house” style and apply it consistently through the excerpt. The work product is graded pass/fail.
Schedule and Format
- Blended (online asynchronous and in-person)
- Three required courses, one of two elective courses, and an optional course
- Completion of the work product required
- On average, students take one course per semester, fall/spring/summer
- The Diploma must be completed within two years
The Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the three required courses and one elective course within two years.
Note: Students are required to take Mastering English Grammar/DIPL1-CE3910 as the first course and Fact-Checking for Accuracy/DIPL1-CE3193 as the final course in the Diploma program. Please see the course descriptions below for more information.
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You'll Walk Away With
- The ability to understand and accurately use grammar rules and conventions
- The skills to copyedit and proofread a variety of texts (books, magazine, academic texts, websites)
- The skills to fact-check texts for accuracy
- The ability to input text changes in Adobe InCopy and InDesign
- Knowledge of the roles of copyediting and proofreading in the production cycle