powered by
Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Course: JRN205

First Term: 2008 Fall
Lec + Lab   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Specific skills and techniques of copyediting. Understanding of editing skills to enhance a writer`s abilities whether one`s own or someone else`s. Critically evaluate word usage and meaning to achieve the 3 Cs of writing clarity, completeness and conciseness

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define explain the duties of a copy editor. (I)
2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic grammar and punctuation by identifying and correcting errors. (II, III, V)
3. Demonstrate correct simple sentence structure. (II, X)
4. Explain the basic features of Associated Press style. (I, III, IV)
5. Identify and restate clichTs and jargon. (III)
6. Illustrate sentence lengths that vary according to rhythm and flow. (III, VI, VIII)
7. Complete a full editing of news copy demonstrating fairness, accuracy, and balance. (V)
8. Explain the need for brevity and conciseness when editing for online. (VII)
9. Describe laws that affect editors, such as privacy laws, libel laws, and the rights of journalists. (VII)
10. Explain the different uses and purposes for various forms of typography. (IX)
11. Explain the purpose of and write headlines using the different styles. (X)
12. Critique the role of editor in terms of becoming a writer`s resource. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Understanding the copy editor`s role
   A. The process
   B. The tools
II. Editing for grammar and punctuation
   A. Parts of speech
   B. Punctuation
   C. Sentence Structure
III. Editing for style
   A. Using the stylebook
   B. Keeping verbs active
   C. Improving readability through consistency
IV. Editing for accuracy and fairness; checking facts
   A. Reliability of sources; references
   B. Quotes
   C. Internet search tools
V. Editing for Content: The Big Picture
   A. Focus
   B. Leads
   C. Completeness
   D. Organization
VI. Online editing
   A. Present tense, active voice
   B. Keep it short
   C. Understand the need to add links for additional information; related topics
VII. Legal and ethical concerns for editors
   A. Elements of Libel; defenses
   B. Privacy
   C. Freedom of Information Act; Public Records laws; Sunshine laws
VIII. Working with writers
   A. Be a resource for the writer
   B. Be a coach
IX. Typography
   A. Sizes, widths
   B. Styles and families
   C. Legibility
X. Writing headlines and captions for print and online
   A. Summarizing
   B. Do`s and Don`ts
   C. Wordplay
   D. Styles
   E. Headline grammar, punctuation
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 6/24/2008

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.