Online Learning Course -Study, Learn and Work as a Proof Reader or Editor.
Proof Readers and editors work both as:
- freelance contractors; running their own business from home; and
- in house staff; employed by book or magazine publishers, printers, newspapers, broadcast media and other enterprises
This certificate is designed to provide the knowledge an skills to work as a freelance editor or proof reader; or seek employment as such in the media.
You will be mentored by a team that includes many experienced media professionals; journalists, authors and editors; led by principal John Mason, himself former editor for four national magazines.
- Teaching staff have worked in the publishing industry. The principal has been editor for national magazines, others have been journalists for newspapers and periodicals. As an ACS student, you have full support from these professionals to not only help you with your studies but also advise and guide your career development.
- Our unique online student magazine offers opportunities to get hands on experience with publishing; which can help with getting over that first hurdle to get a start in this industry.
Course Structure and Content
These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Editing and Proof Reading.
- Editing I (Editing and Proof Reading) BWR106
- Photoshop - Beginner To Medium Level VIT202
- Editing II BWR302
- Editing Practice BWR305
In addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 8 modules.
- Childrens Writing BWR104
- Creative Writing BWR103
- Dramatic Writing BWR110
- Poetry BWR109
- Workshop I BGN103
- Writing Fiction BWR105
- Journalism Practice I BWR203
- Technical Writing (Advanced) BWR301
What is in the Core Modules?
This course contains eight lessons as follows:
- Introduction to Editing
- The Mechanics of Clear Writing
- Assessing Manuscripts
- Copy Editing I
- Copy Editing II
- Proof Reading
- The Final Stages
There are eight lessons in this module as follows:
1. Introduction to Editing -State of the Art
2. Editing & Design
3. Headings, Headlines & Captions
5. Refining Text Exiting -common traps
6. Matching Style and Context
7. Legal and Ethical Issues
8. Editing Project
This is a unique, hands on course that develops your practical skills to edit professionally. This course takes you through the processes of editing for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher. Tt covers:
- Working to Specifications
- Editing Articles for Online Publications
- Submitting Articles for Online Publications
- Preparing and submitting layout for publication
Under the guidance of a mentor (a writing/editing tutor), you will learn to edit according to specific criteria, deal with a publisher, and communicate effectively with others involved in the publishing process.
This module gives you hands-on experience in copy editing an online publication. You will work with a tutor (member of our academic staff) who will oversee your role as copy editor for an online publication.
The course is divided into 9 lessons as follows:
- Learning The Menus - This lesson will familiarize you with all of the main menu options and their basic functions
- Working with Digital Image Files- This lesson provides an overview of the major digital file types as well as how resize an image and save from one file type to another.
- Understanding the Tool Palette- This lesson teaches you the various uses of the major Photoshop tools for creating and manipulating artwork, photos and digital compositions.
- Using Layers, Actions and History - This lesson explores the creative power of the Photoshop Layers palette, which is the foundation of why Photoshop is such a powerful creative tool.
- Digital Painting, Shapes and Colours- This lesson begins to explain the basic concepts of colour. The lesson continues by walking the student through a "How-to" guide to creating simple original artwork.
- Selecting, Resizing, Transforming and Masking- This lesson explores the tools available to manipulate and transform various components of an image or composition.
- Adjustments and modifications - This lesson lists the steps needed to improve the quality of an image by applying adjustments and modifications.
- Adding Filters and Styles - This lesson will focus on the various styles and effects that can be applied to an image or composition.
- Preparing Files for Print and Web - This lesson will list the steps to prepare the finished files for use in Print, The Web or Email.
These are designed to build extra skills which compliment the job of an editor, in areas such as writing and research. A range of options are offered, to provide students the change of pursuing areas of specific relevance or interest to them. This way every student can build a slightly different set of skills, differentiating themselves from others in industry, and allowing them to develop a reputation as a "specialist" fulfilling a niche that is different to others.
THE ROLE AND SCOPE OF EDITING
Very few people can immediately write a lucid and well-expressed piece of work. In most cases, the final draft is smoothed and polished so that others can readily understand the writer’s message. It is the editor’s role to improve the quality of the writing, whether their own or someone else’s work.
The scope of editing ranges from self editing, where the writer examines their writing and improves it as best they can, to professional editing, where an expert is employed by a publishing company to improve the quality of a piece of writing prior to publication.
There are many other facets of commercial publishing that require the skills of professional editors. These include commissioning publications; reviewing manuscripts; overseeing manuscripts through the production process; liaising with writers, publishers, printers and agents; writing blurbs, captions and press releases; and researching and organising pictures. In smaller organisations the editor may also be responsible for the design and publication of documents, newsletters, reports, magazines and books using desktop publishing software and equipment.
Editing involves several stages, they are:
1. Reviewing the manuscript
2. Structural (substantive) editing
3. Copy editing
4. Proof reading
5. Checking proofs.
WHAT DOES AN EDITOR DO?
Every editing job is different in some respect from others, and different editors may be responsible for different tasks. In general, editors do any or all of the following (or may delegate some tasks to others).
• Correct language errors, such as poor grammar, incorrect spelling and punctuation, and ambiguities.
• Identify technical inaccuracies (eg. in a non-fiction book).
• Improve conciseness and clarity, if and where this is of significance.
• Identify potential legal problems, such as plagiarism, ethical or moral problems, copyright infringements, defamation risks.
• Check for uniformity and appropriateness of content and style, and make or recommend adjustments if necessary.
• Determine whether the content of a manuscript should be deleted or replaced (usually with approval from both the author and publisher).
• Determine whether additional content is required within a manuscript (usually with approval from both the author and publisher).
• Determine the order in which the manuscript is to be published.
• Liaise with all other persons involved in the production of the publication.
• Check and clear copyright material to be used in the publication (for instance, anything which is not the original work of the author should be properly referenced and used only in accordance with the law in any jurisdiction relevant to the publication).
• Prepare preliminary pages and cover, and mark up any end matter, usually in collaboration with the author.
• Prepare instructions for others involved in production, such as the designer, illustrator, typesetter and printer. (This may involve marking up the manuscript, preparing a series of ‘briefs’ and, in some cases, contract or tender documents.)
• Select illustrations, including photographs, tables and drawings from material submitted by the author.
• Identify and source additional illustrations if required (from the author or elsewhere).
• Write marketing material if required (often in collaboration with the author and/or the marketing staff).
• Monitor (and sometimes control) production schedules.
• Check proofs at each stage of production.
• Maintain a record of corrections after production for use in any reprints or new edition.
TOOLS FOR EDITING
A computer with an up-to-date word processing program is vital for anyone considering a career as an editor. These days almost all publications are produced electronically, and even though you will probably receive a printed copy of the manuscript, most of the editing process is done on screen.
You will also need a compatible printer – if you are self publishing or regularly edit long manuscripts – and a modem connected to the internet.
It may be advantageous for freelance editors to have a quality desktop publishing program such as QuarkXPress or Adobe PageMaker or FrameMaker. These programs are used by publishers and printers to produce end-quality work, and some smaller publishers prefer to employ editors who can competently use these programs.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD EDITOR
The best editors are able to work according to the requirements of a job, changing the intensity and detail of their editing according to each different situation they are faced with.
• Editors should be impartial, objective and unhindered by prejudices.
• Good editors are not pedantic. They are pragmatic.
• Above all, a good editor is one who can improve communication with the readers.
Introducing Some of our Staff
John L. Mason Dip.Hort.Sc., Sup'n Cert., FIOH, FPLA, MAIH, MACHPER, MASA
Mr Mason has had worked as a professional Editor. He has over 40 years experience in the fields of Publishing, Education, Horticulture, Recreation and Journalism. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. He has held positions ranging from Director of Parks and Recreation (City of Essendon) to magazine editor. He is a member of the Australian Society of Authors, the Garden Media Guild (UK) and the Horticultural Media Association (Australia)
John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over thirty five books and of over two thousand magazine articles. Even today, John continues to write books for various publishers including Simon and Shuster, and Landlinks Press (CSIRO Publishing).
Maggi is regarded as an expert in Organic Growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer and Editor at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more them three decades. She now works as a freelance editor and proof reader, as well as a tutor for ACS
Tracey Jones - Academic Officer & Tutor (U.K.)
B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies). Tracey has around 15 years experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects.
She is a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work. Tracey has also written several books and has had several short stories published. She is a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work. Tracey has also written a text book on Psychology and has had several short stories published.