Do you hate the sight of a misspelled word? Do you get frustrated that people don’t know their it’s from their its, and you have to restrain from correcting Facebook statuses when they include “you” instead of “u”? Would you expect to get top marks in a copy-editing test?
If you’re looking to land a job as a Copy Editor, you’ll need to have a way with words, a knack for paying attention to detail and, of course, the confidence that your editing and proofreading skills are up to scratch.
As a Copy Editor, you’ll be in charge of everything from adjusting phrasing and keeping the tone of writing on-brand, to correcting spelling, and grammar errors. Some people naturally have “the gift of the gab”, but any aspiring editor will, at some point, consider taking a copy-editing course to up their game.
Whether you’re just interested in copy proofing and editing; you’ve recently moved into the role; or you’re looking to head in that direction eventually, test your proofing skills—just for fun—with this quick quiz:
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Find out more about the Copy-Editing online short course from the University of Cape Town.