COM 3180: Editing for Journalists


Students learn that editing is part science, part art, and part diplomacy. Science means mastering language skills—spelling, grammar, punctuation, usage, and style—and using them to ensure that copy is clear, accurate, and consistent. Art means making the writing tight and effective through word choice and economy. Diplomacy means knowing when to change copy and when to leave well enough alone. Students learn how editors play the roles of gatekeeper and quality-control agent. Those not interested in editing as a career will learn valuable skills to improve their writing.


  1. Apply basic English grammar in context.
  2. Apply basic punctuation in context.
  3. Identify how writing with clarity and consciousness is used to achieve a specific impression on readers.
  4. Demonstrate spelling accuracy and vocabulary knowledge.
  5. Apply basic Associate Press (AP) style guidelines.




The Associated Press stylebook 2018 and briefing on media law (Rev: 53rd ed.)

Publisher: The Associated Press (2018)
Author: Froke, P., Bratton, A. J., Garcia, O., McMillan, J., Minthorn, D., & Schwartz, J. (Eds.).
ISBN: 9780917360671
Price: $44.18

When words collide: A media writer's guide to grammar and style (Rev: 9th ed.)

Publisher: Cengage Learning (2016)
Author: Kessler, L., & McDonald, D.
ISBN: 9781285052472
Price: $81.86

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