[Edprof] Teach copy-editing marks?

Clanin, Thomas tclanin at Exchange.FULLERTON.EDU
Wed Apr 22 05:57:44 PDT 2009

I require students  to edit all copy on the computer. It doesn't take too long to grade because I either use editing marks to correct errors or circle errors. I underline  sentences that needed rewriting label them "awk." I edit the stories in front of the class when I return the homework so everyone see my thought process.

I use Word's track changes when I edit in front of the class and later post my version as a pdf on the course Web site.

Tom Clanin

Department of Communications
California State Fullerton, Fullerton

From: edprof-bounces at editteach.org [edprof-bounces at editteach.org] On Behalf Of Mary Cupito [CUPITO at nku.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:23 AM
To: Carlton Rhodes; Jeffrey C South/AC/VCU
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Subject: Re: [Edprof] Teach copy-editing marks?

I make students use copy editing marks too--not because I think they're used in the profession, but because they make it easier for me to see how students have changed the copy.

I've tried using a wiki to have students do editing, but looking back and forth between the edited and non-edited versions takes a ridiculous amount of time when I'm trying to grade their work.

It won't hurt them to learn a few symbols.


Mary Carmen Cupito
Associate Professor
Communication Department, ST 372
College of Informatics
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY 41076

-----Original Message-----
From: edprof-bounces at editteach.org on behalf of Carlton Rhodes
Sent: Tue 4/21/2009 10:28 PM
To: Jeffrey C South/AC/VCU
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Subject: Re: [Edprof] Teach copy-editing marks?

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.

----- Original Message -----
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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Sonny Rhodes
Associate Professor of Journalism
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204

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