May 27, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog
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COM 347 - Copy Editing

Students will learn the editing process, how to edit for mechanics and content, including Associated Press style, as well as how to write headlines and cutlines.

Prerequisites: admission to the major (i.e. com studies, public relations, film, journalism, English writing specialization), or professional writing certificate program or permission of the instructor.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Edit stories for ethical and legal considerations.
  • Work with reporters to help them improve their work in all phases, from generating story ideas, to providing reporting guidance arid writing clean, accurate ·and compelling copy.
  • Understand the editing process and the various types of editors in media organizations - copy editors, content editors, section editors, design editors, wire editors, supervisory editors, managing editors and editors-in-chief.
  • Learn to write headlines and cut lines according to the conventions of the profession.
  • Learn the ethical and legal issues involved in the selection of photos and other visual elements that accompany stories.
  • Understand the importance of design and layout, and how to spot opportunities to incorporate graphics and other “entry points” into story packages.
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