Aspiring editors in New York can find classes through which they can learn to edit books, magazines, materials for broadcast, prose and/or written business communications. Although some schools offer standalone courses or workshops, many of these classes are integrated within undergraduate and graduate degree programs in English, writing, journalism and publishing. Relevant certificate programs are also available. Below are brief overviews of ten schools in New York that provide editing courses, as well as comparison table showing class offerings and tuition info.
City College of New York
The City College of New York, located in New York City, offers a certificate program in publishing through its English Department. Students take courses in proofreading and copyediting fundamentals, the publishing industry and the editorial process. Students practice editing texts, such as cookbooks, nonfiction works and fiction pieces. The certificate program includes two internships. The college also operates a writing center that runs free workshops designed to help students edit their written materials. Workshops include courses in grammar and proofreading for punctuation. The center also offers handouts, covering topics such as commas and punctuation patterns, which may help students in editing their work.
Hofstra University in Hempstead offers a number of publishing and writing courses through its continuing education division. These writing and publishing fundamentals courses cover areas like copyediting, proofreading and polishing prose. Students can also take a self-paced, online medical transcription and editing course that covers editing speech recognition and medical transcriptions.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English program has a concentration in publishing studies and literature that includes courses in book editing. The publishing studies minor also incorporates two courses in book editing. In addition, the English Department periodically offers courses in textbook editing, editing children's books and magazine editing. Students can also take a course in copyediting as part of the BA in Journalism program.
The continuing education division at Hunter College in New York City offers a writing workshop in editing for self-editors. Through this 6-session program, students learn to edit their own materials. They also investigate the tasks editors perform and examine how editors view the editing process.
CUNY Lehman College
Located in the Bronx, Lehman College has a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism program that includes a course in multimedia proofreading and editing. This course teaches students to edit copy for every media platform, in accordance with the Associated Press Stylebook. The school also has a minor in English with a course in proofreading and editing
The Department of Humanities at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry offers a bachelor's degree program in journalism that includes classes in editing. The graphics and copyediting courses teach students the skills needed to work as copyeditors. The media department also offers a course in magazine production and editing that provides students the opportunity to proofread and edit a magazine. The practicum in newspaper publishing, also offered by the media department, requires students to edit various sections of a magazine, among other tasks.
New York University
Students can take relevant editing courses from New York University in New York City. Students study techniques to edit magazine articles and books. They also take courses in proofreading books, copyediting, magazine copyediting, editing book manuscripts, fact checking, research and grammar.
Onondaga Community College
Onondaga Community College in Syracuse offers a minor in journalism that includes editing courses. Its newspaper editing laboratory course gives students the chance to apply learned editing theories. The course is open to the student newspaper's senior members.
Pace University is located in New York City. Its Master of Science (MS) in Publishing provides students with an overview of the publishing industry. The core curriculum includes a course in acquisitions of general interest books and a class in editorial practices and principles. Students can also take electives in professional editing, rewriting, copyediting and magazine editing. Students also can pursue a combined BA in English/MS in Publishing.
SUNY College at Cortland
Aspiring editors in the Cortland area can earn a BA in Professional Writing at SUNY Cortland. Students can concentrate in digital and technical writing; creative writing/editing and publishing; or rhetorical theory and practice. Students take courses in writing in the new media, business writing, technical writing, revision, editing and creative writing. The program also includes a course in writing for online publications. The professional writing senior seminar requires students to submit a piece that demonstrates their editing and writing skills.
Students can take editing courses at Syracuse University in Syracuse, through its Bachelor of Science in Magazine or its Bachelor of Science in Newspaper and Online Journalism. At the graduate level, they can earn a Master of Arts (MA) in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism. Students may take courses in magazine editing or newspaper editing.
The university also offers a BA in Writing and Rhetoric. Students take courses covering various types of writing, as well as an advanced editing studio course. The writing minor also incorporates editing courses.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Editing Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|City College of New York||4-year, public; large city|| Publishing Certificate,
Writing Center Workshops
|$275 per credit, in-state; $560 per credit, out-of-state*|
|Hofstra University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Writing & Publishing Fundamentals courses,
Publishing Studies minor,
BA in English,
BA in Journalism
|$40,460 per year for degree programs**|
|Hunter College||4-year, public; large city||Editing for self-editors workshop||$350 for editing for self-editors workshop*|
|CUNY Lehman College||4-year, public; large city||English minor,
BA in Multimedia Journalism
|$6,760 in-state; $13,870 out-of-state per year**|
|Mercy College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||BS in Media Studies: Journalism||$18,076 per year**|
|New York University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Editing courses||varies; $495 for some courses*|
|Onondaga Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Journalism minor||$5,014 in-state; $9,184 out-of-state per year**|
|Pace University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| BA in English/MS in Publishing,
MS in Publishing
|$41,333 per year**|
|SUNY College at Cortland||4-year, public; distant town||BA in Professional Writing||$8,050 in-state; $17,900 out-of-state per year**|
|Syracuse University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsized city|| BS in Magazine,
BS in Newspaper and Online Journalism,
BA in Writing and Rhetoric,
MA in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism
|$43,318 per year**|
Sources: *School website; **NCES College Navigator.