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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 courses are designed to provide you 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. Gain familiarity with the structure of publishing and digital media organizations. 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, 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, or digital copyediting through courses that cover production cycles and the roles of proofreaders, copy editors, and fact-checkers in those areas. Learn more about the Certificate In Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking.

This Fall, study from anywhere in the world in 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.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Magazine Copyediting

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

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Media Literacy: An Overview

In the era of “fake news,” it’s more important than ever to better understand the basics of reporting and hard-news...

2021 Fall
1 section

Fact-Checking for Accuracy

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

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Mastering English Grammar

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

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 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...

2021 Fall
1 section

Digital Copyediting

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

2021 Fall
1 section

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.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 sections