You will choose a Wikipedia article from a list of articles identified in November 2019 or December 2019 as needing copyedits. You may choose any article to copyedit, provided that the article itself still includes a notice that it may require copyediting. The article you choose must be paragraph-like narrative text, meaning that the article should not be a list, timeline, or other short-form text. The article should also be at least 1000 words, excluding references.
- Learn to create markable copy from web pages.
- Learn to edit copy with a non-specialist audience in mind.
- Mark copy using best digital practices outlined in The Copyeditor’s Handbook.
- Follow the guidance of an in-house style manual. In this case, Wikipedia’s Manual of Style.
- Create a style sheet that ensures internal consistency within the article you are marking, especially regarding punctuation, spelling, capitalization, numbers/numerals, and abbreviations.
Deliverables and Deadlines
- Due by Thursday, January 23: An email to the instructor proposing the
article you wish to copyedit. No two students may mark the same article, so do this as
soon as possible. Your email must include:
- The URL to your chosen Wikipedia article marked as needing copyedits.
- The Google Drive share link to your copyediting-ready but unmarked Google Doc.
- Due by Sunday, February 16: An email to the instructor containing the
project’s final deliverables. Be sure to include:
- The Google Drive share link to your copyedited Google Doc.
- The Google Drive share link to your style sheet derived from problems and inconsistencies in the article.
- A 4-5 sentence self-critique memo, written in the body of the email itself, discussing your project and your progress in class to this point
- Your chosen article must have running copy (not counting captions or tables) of approximately 1000-2000 words; copy and paste the main text into Google Docs to get a rough word count
- Your chosen article should also be primarily paragraph-like narrative content.
- Your marked article should reflect best practices in digital marking as outlined in The Copyeditor’s Handbook.
- Your copyedits should be compliant with with the Wikipedia Manual of Style. Matters not covered in the Wikipedia Manual of Style should defer to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.