Communication Officer- Unpaid (Volunteer)

Job Summary

Responsible for detecting and correcting errors in written documents, entails checking written text for misspellings and inaccuracies prior to publishing.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Volunteer, internship
  • Experience Length: 4 years

Job Description/Requirements


  • Read and evaluate written text for grammatical and typographical error
  • Compare typeset proofs against original copy to identify errors or omission
  • Use word processors and other specialized software to make changes on typeset documents
  • Evaluate the dimensions of page elements such as images, text spacing and positioning to ensure they conform to set specifications
  • Ensure page numbers are in the right order and not repeated or omitted
  • Analyze documents to ensure chapter titles match list of contents
  • Use symbols which are standard and recognized by printing and publishing companies
  • Mark corrections highlighted by editors/authors and ensure they reflect on the master set proof
  • Rephrase written text to ensure document structure and content are consistent
  • Stay abreast with grammatical development as well as new terminologies in a language
  • Ensure illustrations are suitably captioned and referenced
  • Contact authors directly to clarify grammatical inconsistencies related to style and text choice
  • Forward proofread materials for approval and publication
  • Ensure project is completed within set time constraints.

Requirements

  • Education and Training:  require a Bachelor’s degree most preferably in English, journalism, or mass communication, or in a related field. Employers usually require proofreaders to have about 2 years of experience proofreading or editing written content. Knowledge of standard proofreading practices, procedures, and concept is also required
  • Attention to details:  able to identify and rephrase grammatical errors to ensure an error-free text
  • Teamwork skill:  adept at working with authors, editors, and typesetters to publish comprehensible write-ups
  • Spelling/Grammar Skill:  able to correctly assemble words and apply them in writing.

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