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MECO6916: Editing and Proofreading

Students will develop the skills of structural editing, copyediting and proofreading, on screen and paper, across a range of content for both print and digital output. They will understand the significance of the roles of the editor and proofreader and how these roles have been affected by technological change and globalisation.

Code MECO6916
Academic unit Media and Communications
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the editorial workflow and the role of editors and proofreaders in the contemporary publishing process
  • LO2. edit engaging, immersive content across various media platforms including books, magazines, mobile and web
  • LO3. use technology effectively and efficiently, including conventions for handling digital files and the proficient use of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat
  • LO4. communicate with authors to establish and maintain a constructive and positive editorial relationship and, in their editorial practice, to maintain the author’s voice, intention and style
  • LO5. understand the differences in structure types (fiction vs non-fiction) and apply editorial best practice to solve challenges in comprehension, structure, omissions and consistency
  • LO6. apply basic best practice editorial principles and conventions, including version control, following a brief, creating a style sheet, correcting grammar and punctuation and editing for plain English
  • LO7. identify and act on legal and ethical issues, including editing for diversity and inclusion
  • LO8. use and manage artwork files, including assessing file size and image suitability, file naming, accessing DAM databases and commercial image libraries, creating captions, credit lines, permission requests and alt text
  • LO9. copyedit references according to style conventions, and understand the process for creating and editing indexes
  • LO10. proofread PDF documents onscreen using best practice conventions, and provide the same information in hard-copy markup using universally accepted editing symbols.