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Editing for Print Media
EDIT PRINT MED
CLASS CODE: COMM 342 CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $5.00
DIVISION: BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
DEPARTMENT: COMMUNICATION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Principles of improving written copy, including sentence structure, agreement, case, voice, punctuation, spelling, clarity, conciseness, coherence, accuracy, sensitivity and style. Both micro- and macro-editing of copy will be considered.
TAUGHT: Winter/Fall 2005, Winter/Fall 2007
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Why bother editing?
Tailoring your material
Looking for holes, other problems
Technical editing
Checking facts
Sensitivity and taste
Legal & ethical issues
Verbosity vs. clarity
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Discover the roles filled by and professional opportunities for editors and the requirements for a career n publication editing. Know professionally accepted editorial procedures as well as unique challenges and legal and ethical considerations for the editor. Identify personal strengths and shortcomings in English language “mechanics” and develop a plan of study for improving uncovered weaknesses. Increase knowledge of and skill in applying the following areas of language “mechanics” in editing: parts of speech, sentence structure, agreement, case, voice, punctuation, style and spelling. Develop skill in improving written works in relation to clarity, conciseness, precision, accuracy, cohesion, consistency, and writer’s voice. Learn and practice the principles of writing headlines and photo captions for publications.
REQUIREMENTS: Essay testing, lab assignments, projects, project evaluation template, portfolio, pre- and post-testing of language skills, lectures, presentations, readings, modelings, practice, discussions, and final skills exam.
PREREQUISITES: COMM 111 or a 300-level English course
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002