Checklist for Editing Captions

closeup photo of 3 mackerel fish

 

Captions are a weak link in the quality assurance chain, being something most people skim or skip while reviewing a document. This makes checking captions an easy way to earn your keep as a copy editor or proofreader. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, get a QA checklist for editing captions.Tweet about this printable checklist.

Get a printable Checklist for Editing Captions here.

 

Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

caption checklist

 

Spoiler: the fish are anchovies. Jenny, the photographer, was kind enough to point out that this is correctly described in her caption and that the photo title just reflects a saying familiar to her. I hope she forgives me for using a writer’s “device” that suggests she made an error. Her photos are stunning, and I want to stay on her good side.

 

Photo by Jenny Downing used under CC BY-2.0 license.