How to become a proofreader
Pathways to this career
- Look into accredited certifications, short courses or an undergraduate arts degree. Majors like journalism, editing, creative writing and journalism are great starting points.
- Already have an undergraduate degree in a different area? Pursue proofreading with a postgraduate writing, editing or a communications course
- Get industry recognition by completing accredited proofreading programs to extend your experience.
What does a proofreader do?
Proofreaders do final checks on written work before it goes to print or becomes live on a website. Proofreaders work for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing companies. They may specialise in specific fields or publications, such as business reports and academic works.
Duties and tasks
- Review, proof and edit content (written or digital) across a variety of media and industries to ensure correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, usage, consistency and brand voice in the final product.
- Ensure the accuracy of all referenced facts (e.g. dates, pages and values) and double-checks cross-referenced materials (e.g. websites and newspapers).
- Ensure correct usage of page numbers, captions and heading
- Check that all photos/illustrations are correctly captioned
- Mark corrections to be made and revise as necessary
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