Profession copy editor

Copy editors ascertain that a text is agreeable to read. They ensure that a text adheres to the conventions of grammar and spelling. Copy editors read and revise materials for books, journals, magazines and other media.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Writing techniques

    The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.

  • Typography

    The art and techniques of arranging type to make written language readable and beautiful. The arrangement of type involves selecting typefaces, point size, line length, line spacing, letter spacing, and adjusting the space within letter pairs.

Skills

  • Follow a brief

    Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

    Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.

  • Suggest revision

    Suggest adaptations and revisions of manuscripts to authors to make the manuscript more appealing to the target audience.

  • Track changes in text editing

    Track changes such as grammar and spelling corrections, element additions, and other modifications when editing (digital) texts.

  • Use dictionaries

    Use glossaries and dictionaries to search for the meaning, the spelling, and synonyms of words.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Consult with editor

    Consult with the editor of a book, magazine, journal or other publications about expectations, requirements, and progress.

Optional knowledge and skills

consult information sources rewrite articles rewrite manuscripts read manuscripts read articles write headlines editorial standards office software apply desktop publishing techniques proofread text follow ethical code of conduct of journalists desktop publishing literature adapt to artists' creative demands