Editing Portfolio

Objective: To synthesize a sample of your editing work to serve as a self-assessment of your performance in this class. (This is not a professional portfolio, but may lead you to build one on your own.)

Due Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2:30pm
Format: Print or online, depending on your needs and capabilities
Turn-In: Several options, depending on format. Choose one –>

  • Upload all digital contents, in an organized fashion, to dropbox/assignment-turnin/portfolios/yourfirstname
  • Email me a URL
  • Turn in a paper-based portfolio


Unlike a professional portfolio, the audience of which is potential employers, the audience for this final portfolio is primarily me-your-teacher, and the purpose of the portfolio is to show what you’ve learned about editing from this class through discussion of specific examples.

  1. Review the learning outcomes for this class and for particular editing assignments we completed and create a short list of outcomes that you would want to discuss.
  • Some learning outcomes were implicit while others were made explicit. Your job here is to be able to reflect on the course as a whole, analyze what the major purposes were for readings and assignments, and summarize those in smart ways for an audience outside of yourself. iow, how do you explain to, say, a potential employer what you learned this semester.
  • Your short list should include at least 5-6 outcomes.
  1. Pick 3 examples of your editorial work that will showcase whichever level of edits (or a cross-section) that you feel would best display your learning during the semester.
  • Two out of three examples MUST be from this class. If you choose to include a sample from outside of class, it MUST have been completed during this semester so that you can discuss it in relation to what you learned in class.
  • Levels of edit include everything from developmental editing (peer review and Stage 1 edits) to production editing (copyediting and proofreading). If you really want to showcase ALL developmental editing or ALL copy editing, etc., then you need to discuss that choice in your portfolio descriptions or in your editorial values statement.
  • The portfolio doesn’t have to be a “most improved area” representation. It should be a “what am I most proud to show off” and “what will best represent what I’ve learned” –> in this way, your portfolio may easily turn into a professional portfolio.
  • You do not need to further edit these 3 examples unless you left the assignment incomplete to begin with.
  1. Write a description that reflects 1-2 learning outcomes showcased by each example.
  • Descriptions can take many shapes, depending on the medium/format of your final portfolio. For instance, if you design a print-based portfolio, you might write a several-hundred-word paragraph on a cover sheet for each portfolio item. Or you might take an electronic version of the assignment into Photoshop or InDesign and create several call-out boxes that include more brief descriptions.
  • In all cases, descriptions must be written to attend to the meta issues that I want you to reflect on and showcase, not just briefly point out things like (in a call-out) “Here I used 12pt font because it matched the style guide.” Meta issues would be accommodated by a description more like “In this sentence, I kept the author’s original punctuation, despite it not matching the style guide, because her argument was about X and so her use of nonstandard punctuation was purposeful because it added Y to her argument.”
  • ALL portfolio examples must include an introductory statement that describes why this piece was selected for inclusion in relation to the learning outcomes. (This intro will be part of a cover-sheet-type description for print-based portfolios or may appear as a separate intro if an “interactive” portfolio design is used.)
  • You must cover at least four learning outcomes in your entire portfolio.
  • The learning outcomes that you are showcasing must somehow be connected to each other. iow, your portfolio should demonstrate a “narrative” of your editorial learning.
  1. Revise your editorial values statement to account for the above reflections and other issues you’ve learned about your personal and professional stance (either or both) towards editing practices. Include this document as the introduction to the entire portfolio AND include an electronic copy in the dropbox/portfolios folder.