Editing Today

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In the late 1990s, potential journalists face new challenges: Newspapers are seeking fresh ways to appeal to readers; the roles of editors have been redefined; and computers do more than just process copy and sets type. Editing Today introduces students to the brave new world of newspaper editing and prepares them to deal with the challenges and opportunities they will face in the newsroom today. Authors Ron F. Smith and Loraine M. O'Connell have taken the framework of Martin L. Gibson's classic Editing in the ...
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Overview

In the late 1990s, potential journalists face new challenges: Newspapers are seeking fresh ways to appeal to readers; the roles of editors have been redefined; and computers do more than just process copy and sets type. Editing Today introduces students to the brave new world of newspaper editing and prepares them to deal with the challenges and opportunities they will face in the newsroom today. Authors Ron F. Smith and Loraine M. O'Connell have taken the framework of Martin L. Gibson's classic Editing in the Electronic Era and produced a thorough guide to all aspects of newspaper editing - from checking each comma to designing and laying out a page.
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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: 9780813816579
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 10.27 (h) x 0.86 (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

Introduction
I The Copy Editor's Job
1 The Evolution of a News Story 3
2 Life on the Copy Desk 19
II Helping Reporters Tell Their Stories
3 Grammar 41
4 Punctuation 55
5 Idiom and Syntax 69
6 Editing the Hard-News Story 85
7 Other Ways to Tell the News 103
8 Editing Copy from the Wire Services 119
9 Math and the Journalist 131
10 Writing Headlines 139
11 Editors, Law and Ethics 165
III Using Pictures, Graphics and Design
12 Typography 177
13 Editing Photographs and Graphics 193
14 The Basics of Page Design 205
15 Editing and Designing Web Pages 231
Appendixes 245
Index 251
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