Students in Editing for Clear Communication will learn to be effective editors for media publications. Media publications include newspapers, magazines, news releases, press kits, newsletters, brochures, reports and other printed materials. Many of these materials may also be published online. Copy editors work with information written by other people, often reporters and other colleagues. Almost all of the material we will evaluate in this course was written by someone else, but you will be required to write and/or synthesize some information. Students will learn the importance of consistency, accuracy and adhering to organizational style. In addition, students will learn proper grammar and punctuation, and headline writing.

Students in this course will learn how to:
• correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage and Associated Press style errors
• identify missing information in material and find that information
• use copy editing symbols
• develop sound news judgment
• write headlines, decks and news digests
• improve copy through effective editing
• rewrite passages and synthesize information


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