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Copy Editing with Associated Press Style (WCWP-40335)
6 Weeks | Online

This class takes a deep dive into the AP Stylebook. The Associated Press style guide is widely used by newspapers and magazines, corporate and personal websites and blogs, marketing/public relations departments, and communications departments at universities and colleges, hospitals, and organizations. Learn how AP style differs from The Chicago Manual of Style, obtain a working knowledge of how to effectively use the online AP Stylebook, and get more practice editing different types of material through weekly editing exercises. UC San Diego’s Copyediting Certificate classes, which include Grammar Lab, Copyediting I, Copyediting II, and Copyediting III, are taught using The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS). One of the differences between CMOS and Associated Press (AP) style is that AP uses copy editing as two words, while CMOS writes it as one word: copyediting. In this class you will learn about differences, such as these, between the two style guides.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will have the following:

  • Learned the basics of Associated Press style.
  • Learned the biggest differences between the AP Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Obtained a working knowledge of how to use the AP Stylebook and find entries.
  • Be comfortable editing using AP style.

Quarters Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall | Online

Required Textbooks:

  • You will be using the online version of the AP Stylebook for this course. It can be purchased at Do not purchase a print copy.
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition (online or print version). You may also use Webster's New World College Dictionary.

Note: Non-certificate students may take this class. There are assignments and reading with weekly due dates. Please purchase the textbook before class begins.

Contact: For more information about this course, please email


Course Number: WCWP-40335
Credit: 2 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Copyediting

Course Number: WCWP-40335
Credit: 2.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Copyediting