Copy Editor Essentials: What You Should Know in Your Sleep

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
April 11, 2014 Enroll Now
Watch and listen to the original one-hour Webinar in its entirety. This Webinar recording features the full presentation led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty including Q&A from the audience and resources from the presenter.

Course Overview

Title:
Copy Editor Essentials: What You Should Know in Your Sleep
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Originally Broadcast On:
April 11, 2014
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

Save 20 percent on this course and more by becoming a Poynter Prepared Member. Learn more and join now. This webinar is $11.95 for members of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). Watch your member email to get details about the discount.

Watching as a group in a conference room or classroom? Help keep our Webinar costs low by selecting the appropriate price point. This purchase gives you one computer access into the live and recorded presentation.

About Webinars

In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.

If there’s a universal mantra for copy editors, it might be “When in doubt, look it up.” But no matter what you edit--or on what platform--there are some essentials you should know in your sleep.

In this Webinar, we will strengthen those core elements and hammer home the essentials you shouldn’t have to look up. This Webinar is about more than memorization, though. We also will take a step back to look at guiding principles that put all this stylebook geekery into perspective.

What Will I Learn:
  • The care and feeding of quotes
  • Stylebook 201: The rules within the rules
  • The commonly misspelled words you just have to memorize
  • Numbers and numerals and abbreviations
  • Rookie mistakes that even veterans make
Who Should Take this Course:

Editors and others who want to master the basics or review the essentials that make a great copy editor great.

Course Instructor:

Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh is a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post and a three-decade veteran of newspaper journalism. He is the author of three books on usage and style, "Lapsing Into a Comma" (2000), "The Elephants of Style" (2004) and “Yes, I Could Care Less” (2013). He has run The Slot: A Spot for Copy Editors on the Web since 1995 and offers 140-character-or-less usage commentary on Twitter (@TheSlot).

Training Partner:

ACES: The Society for Editing

The ACES: The Society for Editing is a nonprofit 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: The Society for Editing 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.

Technical Requirements:

This Webinar contains audio. Please adjust your headphones or speakers.
We strongly suggest viewing our Webinars with a wired connection.

  • Flash Player - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 or higher
  • Browsers - Mozilla Firefox 2 or higher; Safari 2 or higher; Google Chrome (any version)
    Windows users can also use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher
  • Bandwidth - 256Kbps (512Kbps recommended)

Some networks, especially those that use a proxy server, may encounter difficulty connecting to our Webinar software. If this is your first Poynter NewsU Webinar, please test your connection **Questions? Read our Webinar FAQ or contact us at webinars@newsu.org.

You can watch our Live Webinars on your iPad with a free Adobe Connect app. To watch Webinar replays, your iPad must be able to view Flash media players. The Live Webinar experience on your iPad is very similar to watching it from your computer. You can watch the video, follow the presentation, respond to polling questions, ask the presenter questions and participate in any discussion forums.

Download the free Adobe Connect app from iTunes here. To access the live event, click on the "Join Live Event Now" button on the Webinar landing page. The virtual room will automatically load. 

To watch the replay from your iPad, you'll have use a different app from Live Webinars. Browse and download an app from iTunes that allows your device to view a Flash video player. There are multiple apps to choose from, some are free with ads and there are others for purchase.