May 27, 2019
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.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
- 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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