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Editing III (Specialist and Professional Editing)

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Editing III (Specialist and Professional Editing)

Professional and Specialist Editing online - BWR307: This senior editing distance learning course is designed for editors who are already happy that they have advanced proofreading and copy editing skills and techniques and who want to move up to more senior or specialised roles. Senior editors are upper-level executives working in the publishing field and he or she will often oversee lower-level editors. These would normally include: copy editors, junior editors, proofreaders and writers. Senior editors also work with publishers to make decisions over what content should be published. Some examples of editorial collaboration include magazine and newspaper features, books, trade journals and website content, among others.

Senior and specialist editors need to combine specific knowledge of the publication that requires editing, with good project management skills. This requires a deep understanding of  language in its different forms, from the "basics" learned in school, right through to the evolution of language as a living entity.

Those who will find this course interesting include those working as a copy editor, junior editor, proofreader or writer in:

  • Book editing
  • Magazine editing
  • Newspaper editing
  • Video editing
  • Website content editing

It will also be of immense value to a manager overseeing a small or large blogging and social media team, for a company.

If you don't yet feel ready to step up to being a senior editor, then why not look at our Editing I and Editing II online courses, to get an excellent grounding in the basics and then complete this course for your professional development?


Professional and Specialist Editing (Editing III) Learning Goals:
  1. To explain the different language skills necessary for a specialist editor
  2. To understand the role of the editor in a managerial or supervisory position
  3. To explain different approaches to grammar and how they affect language use
  4. To review grammar basics
  5. o explain style guides, the difference between style guides and style sheets
  6. To provide an overview of referencing and citation, and introduce common styles and elements
  7. To explain indexing
  8. To explain the editor’s rights and responsibilities
  9. To discuss potential ethical issues
  10. To discuss the editor's role in advising on legislation and legal requirements
  11. To explain the importance of the editor-client relationship
  12. To detail aspects of handling the editor-client relationship
  13. To discuss goal setting and project management in the editorial role
  14. To explain the use of editorial queries
  15. To discuss corporate briefs and other business documents
  16. To explain developmental and substantive editing
  17. To define the difference between developmental and substantive editing and other types of editing
  18. To explain editorial needs in the online market
  19. To outline differences in online editorial management
  20. To discuss useful additional skill sets for the online editor
  21. To explain the principles of corporate editing
  22. To explain corporate storytelling, and discuss the roles editors play
  23. Apply the principles of corporate editing to a problem-based learning project
  24. Define academic writing and editing
  25. Explore the principles of academic editing
  26. Discuss the role of the editor in relation to fact checking and verification


Professional and Specialist Editing (Editing III) Lesson Structure:

There are 10 lessons in this course:

1  The Role of an Editor

  • The role of the editor
  • Language Skills and Application
  • Text Types
  • Language Use
  • Register
  • Project Management and Application
  • General Skills
  • Editors-in-Charge
  • Editorial Teams
  • Managing Teams
  • Staff Training and Development
  • Specialisms in Editing
  • More on the Editorial Board

2  A Brief Summary of Grammar

  • The purpose of grammar
  • Prescriptive Grammar
  • Descriptive Grammar
  • Punctuation and Clarity
  • Word Choices
  • Jargon
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Common Mistakes
  • Style Errors
  • Style Sheets

3  Referencing, Style Guides and Indexing

  • Introduction
  • Style Guides
  • Referencing
  • Indexing
  • Other Inclusions in a Text

4  Editorial Ethics and Relevant Legislation

  • Editorial Ethics
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Defining the Client
  • Scope of Work
  • Contract
  • Editing or Rewriting?
  • Intellectual Property and Examination Work
  • When to step back
  • Relevant Legislation
  • Defining the editor’s role
  • Copyright
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Moral Rights
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Permissions and Rights for Reproduction
  • Discriminatory Language

5  Editor - Client Relationships

  • Professional vs. Personal
  • Project Definition
  • The responsibility of the author in the relationship
  • Working with multiple authors
  • Being Aware of the Creative Process
  • Working with Authors
  • Writing Enough or Too Much – Project Managing the Author

6  Defining Editorial Queries, Presenting Corporate Briefs, Goal Setting

  • Editorial Queries
  • How to write an editorial query
  • Corporate Briefs

7  Developmental and Substantive Editing, and Managing Projects

  • Developmental Editing
  • Substantive Editing
  • Ghost writing
  • Discretion
  • Constructive Criticism
  • Structure

8  Blog and Online Editorial Management

  • Online Considerations
  • Language Considerations
  • Visual Style
  • Hypertension/High Blood Pressure
  • Indexing and subject hierarchy
  • Evergreen editing
  • Developmental editing
  • Video production
  • Multiple platforms
  • Understanding engagement
  • Fast editing and meeting deadlines

9  Specialist Commercial Editing

  • Corporate Communications Editing
  • Corporate Storytelling
  • Problem Based Learning (PBL) Project

10 Specialist Academic Editing

  • Identify and Know the Work
  • Extent of work and restrictions
  • The author’s role
  • Publication
  • Version control
  • Order of work
  • Language
  • Text elements, including grammar and spelling
  • Layout
  • Non-text elements (illustrations etc.)
  • Types of Research
  • Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism
  • Intellectual property and ethics
  • Evaluating the Whole Work
  • Expression and clarity – does it achieve the aim?
  • Don’t be a co-author
  • Defining Roles
  • Is it expressed well?
  • Is it clear – drawing it together

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Course Info
Course StartAnytime
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBWR307
Course PrerequisiteStrong existing editorial skills or Editing I and II advised
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Specialist and Professional Editing
Exam Required?Finalised with an exam/test
UK Course Credits10 Credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportStudy Support: You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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