Job profile: Proof reader/Copy-editor
Proofreaders/copy-editors are like quality controllers. They make sure that published works are consistent and are of a high standard. They ensure that texts for publication are grammatically correct and well-written. These texts include articles for newspapers, journals and magazines, instruction manuals, brochures and manuscripts.
Depending on the project, proofreaders/copy-editors may be required to correct errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation as well as check facts, check that text is in the publisher or publicationâ€™s style (â€śhouse styleâ€?), and undertake significant rewriting or restructuring of the text.
Other activities involve:
To be a proof reader/copy-editor you need:
Hours and Environment
When working in-house, proofreaders/copy-editors typically work regular hours but may need to work longer hours during busier periods and to meet tight deadlines.
Most proofreaders/copy-editors are university graduates, so it could be an advantage for you if you have a degree, perhaps in Journalism, Communication or English.
Rates vary and are dependent on an individualâ€™s experience, type of employer and organisationâ€™s budget. Rates may be paid per page or per hour based on the organisation and may range from J$700 to J$5000 per hour.
The University of the West Indies offers a degree in Media and Communication as well as a degree in English. The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), www.uwimona.edu.jm/carimac, at the University of the West Indies also runs short courses throughout the year covering areas such as grammar and copy-editing.
Local and regional newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies and publishers.
Source: Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), University of the West Indies
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