Copy editing anyone?

Is copy editing the career for you? Base your answer on your experience in this class and your research of the benefits of a career in copy editing



  1. Honestly, I don’t see myself being a copy editor because I want to go into television, but it’s interesting because in television, I don’t only want to be a reporter, but I also want to be a producer. The interesting part is most everything I’m learning in Copy Editing are the same skills that’s needed to be a producer. When you think about it, copy editing and producing are almost the same thing. They both have to read over reporters’ writing, they both are in charge of the overall content, and they both are the last stop before the content is put on air or in the paper. I think if a copy editor wants to go into TV and be a producer or vice versa, it shouldn’t be a problem because most of the skills are transferable. I think the reason why I want to go into TV is because I have the personality for it. Now, I’ve heard from a professor when I was at Indiana State was I could show personality in my writing if I wrote for a newspaper. Now, I’m a person where I’m planning to get into radio, TV, and print, but TV is my first love. I wouldn’t mine taking the opportunity to be a copy editor if it came up. Even though I don’t necessarily want to be a copy editor, this class is still teaching me necessary skills I need to be a great producer for TV news.

    Comment by lamarhreporter — October 18, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

  2. My concentration is news writing and reporting, and I do want more experience with writing for newspapers and magazines, but copy editing is not the field for me. I want to be the person that actually goes out to the public and receive information firsthand. I also want to be able to interpret facts through my own words and form of writing. For me, it is better to go out into the field and actually get the experience of meeting and talking to others while they are in the settings where the stories take place.
    Other than the fact that I like to write, another main reason why I chose journalism is for personal contact with others. When you’re a copy editor you’re stuck with the end-result of a reporter going out to the public to write a story, so this may not be as exciting or fulfilling for me. Copy editors do get a sense of what it is like to meet otherts through the stories themselves, but it’s not as realistic as interviewing people in their settings.
    Another situation that copy editing does not provide me with is the practice of asking analytical questions and interviewing skills. These are the strategies that I need to become a better journalist and to improve my own personal weakness of becoming more social. It’s good for me to have copy editing skills to improve my writing, but a career in copy editing isn’t for me.

    Comment by Alesha Bailey — October 18, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

  3. I do not think copy editing is the career for me. I want to go into public relations and be more involved with newsletters and campaigning. Copy editing is just not as exciting for me as going out and doing interviews and planning events for people. However, I do think learning copy editing skills is very important. No matter what medium you get involved with there will be writing and you will need to know the style of your publication or news station. Copy editing is like the basis of journalism, even if you are not a copy editor you need to be able to go back and re-read your own work to make it better. I give people who are copy editors credit because it takes a lot of hard work and effort to make sure you make correct everything in the story, as we are learning in class. So even though I do not want to be a copy editor I believe learning these skills is very important.

    Comment by Beth Steele — October 19, 2009 @ 10:15 am

  4. I don’t think that copy editing is the job for me. As much as this class has been exciing and challenging, I see myself working with photos more than anything. Copy Editing takes a great deal of patience, which I don’t have, and a lot of extra hours, which isn’t ideal for my plans to have a family. I love to write and report, but I think that I would rather own a photography studio instead.

    Comment by kaitlin sullivan — October 19, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

  5. Personally, I can’t see myself copy editing as a career. I could copy edit for brief times in my life, but I could never do it for my whole life. My concentration involves design with a minor in advertising. Ideally, I would love to design advertisements or design for a magazine. With design, I can use copy editing while looking at the page to make sure everything is correct. Also, with copy editing skills I can put my input in for the page as a whole. Everyone in the news room works together, so when I design I can use my copy editing skills. All in all, I could use my skills in my future career, but I could not see myself copy editing my whole life.

    Comment by Kristin Jording — October 19, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

  6. I don’t want to pursue a career in copy editing just because I am more interested in photojournalism and public relations. I try my best at copy editing but for some reason I am just not good at it. I work for the DEN as a copy editor and I make layouts. The job has taught me a lot about copy editing. I do however think copy editing is a good trait for all journalists to learn. Copy editing helps people become better writes, in my opinion. It also helps with future careers in journalism.

    Comment by slbilharz — October 21, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

  7. I do not find very much interest in copy editing. I try to do my best at it, although I struggle greatly. I have gotten much better at it this year because I work for the DEN and part of my job is constantly copy edit articles. I just do not see copy editing as a practical job for me. I always want to have a job that I love and if I pursue copy editing I do not think I would like it very much.

    Comment by Colleen — October 21, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

  8. Honestly, I feel that copy editing requires great observation skills. Skills I lack, unless I have hours to devote. If I was ever offered a job in copy editing I might take it, but there is no way that it would be my main career choice. Personally, I’m more interested in writing stories than proofreading other’s work or creating headlines. However, it’s good to have a background in editing because it causes a writer to have a greater comprehension on grammar and style.

    Comment by Kaitlyn Peters — October 22, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  9. No, copy editing is not a career for me. I am not good at looking closely at the details and in order to be a copy editor you have to know the style very well. I find this class more challenging than I thought it will be. There way to many rules to memorize in copy editing and I am not very good in picking out mistakes and correcting them. I hope this class improves my writing but I can never imagine myself doing this every day at work.

    Comment by Michael Stopka — October 23, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

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