[Edprof] Teach copy-editing marks?

Carlton Rhodes cmrhodes at ualr.edu
Tue Apr 21 19:28:49 PDT 2009

Because so much is done on computer screens nowadays, proofreaders' marks might seem archaic, but the newsrooms and book publishers I'm familiar with still use page proofs. I'll continue teaching students to use proofreaders' marks as long as there are page proofs.

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From: Jeffrey C South/AC/VCU <jcsouth at vcu.edu>
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 8:34 pm
Subject: [Edprof] Teach copy-editing marks?
To: edprof at editteach.org

> Do other j-schools teach students to use copy-editing marks? These are the notations one would use if editing a printout -- to indicate that words should be deleted, inserted or abbreviated or that an abbreviation or a numeral should be spelled out. 
> I had been covering the copy-editing marks in my introductory newswriting class. I oversee all of our sections of that course. An adjunct teaching one section said the marks are passe -- that nobody uses them anymore. 
> What do other programs do? (Don't students need to know the copy-editing marks to take the Dow Jones test?) 
> -- Jeff South 
> Jeff South, Associate Professor
> School of Mass Communications, Virginia Commonwealth University
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