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JRN2904 - Editing for Print Media

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Elizabeth Hart


Berwick First semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)


The unit introduces students to the principles and practice of copyediting for various print media. Topics include aspects of grammar, house-style, technical conventions of the English language, editing and proof-reading symbols, structural editing, the role of the editor in the publishing process, publishing conventions, legal issues such as copyright, and page design and layout. The unit refines students' own writing skills and self-editing skills for non fiction forms and prepares them for the responsibilities associated with the editorial workplace. Students studying by off-campus learning will need access to a computer and the Internet.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Skill in English expression for non fiction publications in print media, including specialist and international publications;
  2. Ability to explain and apply the grammatical principles, technical conventions, and editing styles used in media communication and mainstream publishing;
  3. Proof-reading skills and knowledge of proof-reading symbols;
  4. Ability to detect legal and ethical problems in the printed word;
  5. An understanding of the changing role of the editor in the history of publishing;
  6. Competency in the use of industry standard software.


Copyediting assignment (1000 words): 20% +
Manuscript editing assignment (1500 words): 30% +
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial) per week


JRN1902 and JRN1903 or equivalents