What’s the difference between editing and proofreading?

Proofreading is performed on the final draft of a document. It addresses surface-level issues, such as grammatical & punctuation errors, formatting errors, and misspellings. Proofreading has a short turn-around time & does not include extra revisions.

Editing is performed on the first draft of the document. Editing is a collaborative process with the writer, where the overall quality of the writing is improved. Fixes everything proofreading covers plus sentence-structure, overall clarity, and fact-checking. More time-intensive process, includes several revisions.

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Example 1NEWS article for The Catalyst at Colorado College

Example 2 – Short Story and Research Article



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