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

This course can be applied toward:


JTC 210 (Newswriting).

Textbooks and Materials

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


  • 2019 Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law*
  • Working With Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors** (2017)
    Brooks, Brian S., Pinson, James L., and Wilson, Jean Gaddy
    ISBN: 978-1319011741

*The ISBN is 978-0917360688 for the comb-bound print copy, or you may order a digital subscription at https://store.stylebooks.com/apstylebookonline.htm.

**You will NOT need Laundpad Solo unless you wish to access the practice exercises (not required or graded in the course). The instructor recommends the print edition of this text 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.


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.