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Copyediting for the Lantern

 Written by    January 28, 2019

One of my favorite activities this semester is copyediting for the Lantern.

What’s copyediting?
Wikipedia would tell you that it’s “the process of reviewing and correcting written material to improve accuracy, readability, and fitness for its purpose, and to ensure that it is free of error, omission, inconsistency, and repetition.”

I’ll tell you that it basically means I get to sit in the newsroom for two hours a week and edit the stories that will be published the next day in print and online. I edit for grammar, AP style, sentence structure, etc.

If you’re like 95% of the population, you’re wondering who would ever want to do this, because it sounds like some torturous ritual your eighth grade grammar teacher might force you to do.

But for a comm major who loves to write, this is the best thing ever. 

How did you get involved?
I got an email from the School of Communication about the Lantern needing journalists, videographers and editors, so I emailed back to ask if there were any copyediting-specific roles.

Then I talked with Spencer—faculty advisor of the Lantern—and Kaylin—copy chief. I took an AP style test, and that was it.

I decided to take the Lantern freelance practicum (COMM 3189) for independent study credit, but that’s not required.

How do you like it?
It’s only week 4 of the semester, but I love my role as a copyeditor. Being in the newsroom on print night is a lot of fun.

I love getting to know the Lantern’s staff writers and reading articles about sports, arts and campus life before they’re published.

Do I have to be a Comm major?
Nope. 🙂 As long as you know AP style and love to read, write and edit, you’re all set. Email me to get involved or for more information: kapcar.2@osu.edu

And check out the latest Ohio State headlines on the Lantern!

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