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In this era of media convergence, the second edition of Editing Today continues the evolutionary transformation of Martin L. Gibson’s classic Editing in the Electronic Era, introducing prospective journalists to the basics of editing and design by following a true story through these processes at a major newspaper, on the newspaper’s Web desk, and on its TV outlet. Readers are guided through the fundamentals of editing both words and layout with contemporary software.

Expanded and updated sections address pagination, verifying information, grammar, wordiness, editing the hard-news story, telling the news in other ways, copyright law, design, Photoshop, page layout, and Web design. Through more photos, more examples, and more compelling design, the textbook and workbook of Editing Today, 2nd Edition effectively prepare journalism students and working professionals for the challenges of editing and designing in this era of media convergence. The related Editing Today Workbook, Second Edition, provides practical exercises to sharpen student skills.

Editing Today, Second Edition is a first-class textbook for students and faculty in journalism and mass communication programs and a comprehensive reference for professional journalists

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Editorial Reviews

This up-to-the-minute undergraduate guide to copy editing in busy newsrooms literally sits next to editors as they assign stories, edit writers' work, and design pages. The authors cover editing basics such as grammar, punctuation, wordiness, writing headlines, and page design using computer equipment. Each section features interviews with editors and review questions to facilitate learning. The appendices contain an outline of editing symbols, directions for counting headlines, and instructions in manual picture sizing. Includes photographs and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813813066
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron F. Smith is a professor of journalism at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Smith has worked for newspapers in Indiana, Ohio and Florida, and published numerous articles in Journalism Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Collegiate Journalist, Quill and Journalism Eudcator. He was a research fellow at the Poynter Institute and co-authored Groping for Ethics in Journalism with Gene Goodwin, assuming sole authorship on the fourth edition.

Loraine M. O’Connell is the Deputy Lifestyle Editor at The Orlando Sentinel, where she has worked since 1985. Her other positions have included metro and national copy editor, wire editor for the Newsfeatures Department, and columnist and feature writer. O’Connell’s work has been published in newspapers across the country, including The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post

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Table of Contents



The Evolution of a News Story.

Life on the Copy Desk.




Idiom and Syntax.

Editing the Hard-News Story.

Other Ways to Tell the News.

Editing Copy from the Wire Services.

Math and the Journalist.

Writing Headlines.

Editors, Law and Ethics.



Editing Photographs and Graphics.

The Basics of Page Design.

Editing and Designing Web Pages.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008


    Although I have not read the book, one can say from the synopsis that this book will make a great study material for students undergoing training in newspaper editing and production

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