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What is the difference between a proofreader and a copy editor?

A proofreader is a person who is responsible for the production and proofreading of a manuscript. Proofreading is usually performed by a qualified professional who has previously completed editing and proofreading coursework. In a proofreading situation, the person responsible for proofreading will ensure that the script and manuscript conforms to the manuscript’s final printed manuscript format.


Copy Editors, by comparison, assist the production of a screenplay with the editing and correction of grammar, spelling, and the appropriate capitalization (or abbreviation) of words, as well as creating and formatting citations. The copy editor should also assist the writer in the preparation of a draft. This is accomplished by: • creating a summary of the draft’s text, • identifying and referring to material within the script which is inconsistent with the content of the draft — or should be rewritten to conform to the script’s final printed manuscript format— • creating and arranging appropriate citations — and • editing the manuscript based upon the summary and/or references.

A copy editor/proofreader is not required to have a degree in the field of communication or writing. However, some copy editors are college professors or are licensed to practice as editors and have a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree or higher, and a bachelor of science degree in the field of communication or writing from an institution of higher education (B.A. or above), or an associate degree (a Bachelor of Science degree), including one with a minor in communication or writing.

AUSTIN – A former University of Texas at Austin student has been charged with a misdemeanor for a sexual assault on a woman he went to high school with, UT officials announced Wednesday.

Eric McCall, 21, was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of sexual penetration by instrument, a third-degree felony offense.

The criminal complaint, filed Nov. 16, alleges the sexual assault took place Feb. 17, 2016, after the alleged victim moved back at UT from a university dormitory to her alma mater.
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The allegations have been turned over to district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s office, Lt. Charles Jenkins said in a news release.

The former student, who was not named, pleaded neither guilty nor guilty to a charge of felony sexual conduct for the alleged incident from Dec. 16, 2016 to May 6, 2017, and was released on his own recognizance pending a pretrial hearing, according to the news release.

As part of his release, McCall, who lived on