CMST 143 Editing Techniques • 3 Cr.


Applies the techniques and responsibilities of newspaper editing. Students practice copy reading and headline writing.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Write leads and headlines
  • Refine punctuation, grammar, spelling and proofreading skills to achieve error-free text
  • Analyze and edit writing for story structure, newsworthiness, consistency and audience-appropriateness
  • Apply libel laws, ethics and judgment in the editing of newswriting
  • Recognize and apply the Associated Press (AP) style guidelines in editing news stories
  • Recognize, critically read and evaluate professional journalistic writing