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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, whether from a print perspective or online. While looking at the various sections of a 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. Learn the crucial role that each magazine’s style guide plays as a road map to that publication’s landscape, and become familiar with industry-standard style guides such as The Chicago Manual of Style (the magazine industry standard) and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate, 11th Edition. The course will focus on magazine production cycles, noting how a copy editor’s role dovetails with those of other editors and the art and production departments. Also, you will gain hands-on experience using Adobe InCopy and InDesign.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to copyedit and proofread across the full spectrum of print and digital magazines
  • The skills to input text changes and work with layouts in Adobe InCopy and InDesign
  • Knowledge of the roles and tasks associated with magazine copyediting and proofreading
  • Confidence in knowing your way around a magazine’s specific style guide along with standard reference guides
  • An understanding of the production cycle of magazines
  • Familiarity with taking copyediting tests
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