JTC 310 - Copy Editing

  • 3 credits
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Theory of copy preparation and editing; publication layout.

Course learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in editing copy.
  • Review and practice AP style, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Apply ethics and editing skills to news judgment decisions
  • Discuss design as it relates to readership.
  • Write headlines, photo captions, and social media teasers.
  • Develop an understanding of copy editing and its role in media by building skills that will make editing of personal or colleague writing diagnostic while improving it.
  • Review and improve upon personal English skill areas including grammar, punctuation, word usage and sentence structure.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in editing copy: yours and others. This will include ability to identify and correct vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors as well as the 5 C’s of effective writing: clarity, completeness, coherence, consistency and correctness.
  • Explore visual opportunities to accompany story text.
  • Apply ethics skills and libel standards to news judgment decisions.
  • Evaluate page and web design as it relates to readership.
  • Discover fact checking techniques.
  • Write headlines, photo captions and social media teasers.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the AP Stylebook.

This course can be applied toward:


JTC 210 (Newswriting).

Important Information

Note regarding Working With Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors textbook:
*You will not need LaunchPad Solo unless you wish to access the practice exercises (not required or graded in the course). The spiral edition of this text (print) is recommended so you will have this reference book for your personal library - it is a valuable text for review and looking up answers to grammar questions.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Working With Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors, 10th Ed. (2020)
    Brian S. Brooks, James L. Pinson, and Jean Gaddy Wilson
    ISBN: 9781319201173

The Associated Press Stylebook: 2020-2022, 55th Ed.
ISBN: 978-0-917360-69-5
Order either the comb bound print copy or a digital subscription at Individual Stylebook Online Subscription; the digital subscription can be accessed via computer, phone or tablet; the CSU bookstore does have print copies.


Clarissa Crozier

(303) 594-8589 | clarissa.crozier@colostate.edu

Clarissa Crozier, MA ’91, teaches news writing, copy editing and publication design. She advised Arapahoe High School’s yearbook, newspaper and video productions that earned All American, Pacemaker and Crown Awards, and served as executive director for the Colorado Student Media Association. She holds an MA in administration, supervision and curriculum development from the University of Colorado-Denver, and administrative licensure from the University of Northern Colorado. She was recognized with the Journalism Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Colorado Journalism Teacher of the Year and Emily Gates Achievement Award.

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