This certificate program is for students enrolled in JOUR 3080 Editing for Publications (Spring 2019) at Valdosta State University.
This package includes six courses (Please note: Enrolling in the courses separately will not count toward the certificate.):
- Fundamentals of Editing, with Andy Bechtel, Sue Burzynski Bullard and Lisa McLendon. Gain a solid grounding in the process of editing and the range of skills that provide clarity and accuracy to any form of writing.
- The Art and Science of Editing, with Merrill Perlman. You will learn to identify when you need to edit something, when you don’t and how to explain your changes to others.
- Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise, with Lisa McLendon. Learn to clarify and streamline your writing by using straightforward words and stronger nouns and verbs.
- Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age, with Craig Silverman. Acquire the knowledge and tools to become a more accurate journalist in the digital age.
- Writing Online Headlines: SEO and Beyond, with Eric Ulken. Write headlines that work everywhere online, from search results to article pages to RSS feeds to mobile apps.
- Language Primer: Basics of Grammar, Punctuation and Word Use, with Roy Peter Clark, Merrill Perlman and Pam Hogle. Practice the fundamentals of grammar and composition so you can write and edit with greater confidence.
Partner – American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) is a non-profit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.
ACES is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.
Complete each of the courses in this certificate program, then take the assessments for each one. Questions from each assessment will cover content from each course. You’ll have three chances to pass each assessment.
Unlike the quizzes and activities in each course, the test for each assessment does NOT provide feedback. All you will see is a final score. So make sure you study hard when you take the courses.
Valdosta State University offers the best of both worlds — the extensive academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a major university and the small classes and close personal attention found at smaller institutions. Students are attracted to the close-knit community where learning occurs in a supportive environment and faculty members challenge each student’s potential.