Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking

  • Builds knowledge about publishing and media organizations
  • Develops skills in-demand across all media types
  • Sharpens media literacy and fact-checking skills

These fully online courses are 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. 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. 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.

This semester, study in-person or from anywhere in the world from the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Copyediting and Proofreading Books

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

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Fact-Checking for Accuracy

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

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Mastering English Grammar

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

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Bias in American Media: An Overview

When working in media jobs, it’s essential to be both a savvy consumer of the news as well as a thoughtful editor. This class, taught by a...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Introduction to the Media Industry

In this two-session course taught by a senior magazine editor with deep experience in newspaper, magazine, and digital media as well as...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

A Career in Freelance Copyediting

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

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
3 sections