By analyzing and correcting problems in others’ writing, students will hone their skills as writers and editors of their own copy.
In this course, students will focus on the skills copy editors need to be able to perform the most basic and essential of their tasks: handling stories. Students will edit, on paper and on screen, real stories selected for their potential as well as for their problems. They will work on them for tightness, polish, accuracy and style. The goal is to help students develop the copy editor’s “double vision”—the ability to see the story as a whole and line by line as a collection of parts, to see both the forest and the trees. This course is designed not only for students who want to become copy editors, but also for those who want to become better editors of their own writing.
Prerequisites: JOUR2000.03 or JOUR2001.06