ENGL 711 (01) - Editing


Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 13421
Survey of newspaper and news website editing, covering topics ranging from grammar and style to headline writing to ethics. Prereq: ENGL 621 with a minimum grade of B and written permission of instructor.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Lisa Miller

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 TR 9:40am - 11:00am HS 104
Additional Course Details: 

Fall 2022 Detailed Description

What do great editors do? Assigning stories, editing sentences, posting stories online, managing the flow of breaking news Tweets, uploading video – these days editors do all this and more. No matter what the task, they work to ensure that the news is reported accurately, clearly and completely. They also help reporters do their best work.

This course aims to get you to think like such an editor. In particular, you’ll work to develop the two types of vision good editors share: the ability to see what’s there in a story and the ability to envision what’s not there but could be. Great editors make good writing better. These editors also make sure newspapers and news sites give readers the information they need and want, and stories and graphics that help readers make sense of the world around them.

ENGL 711 may be taken as an upper-level journalism elective by English/Journalism majors. 

ENGL 711 may be taken as an  upper-level elective by general English majors. 

General English majors may take ENGL 711 for Capstone credit if not used to satisfy any other major requirement areas. Pick up a Capstone Declaration form in the main English office (HS 230F) if interested.