The Copy Editing And Headline Handbook

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Everyone in the newsroom agrees that copy editors are the unsung heroes in the business who, until now, have never had a succinct and authoritative guide for on-the-job use. From counting the headline to line breaks, from decks to jumps, from editing numbers and photo captions to editing for organization, The Copy Editing and Headline Handbook is the complete source of essential information for the copy editor. Whether copy editing on a computer or on the printed page, for a newspaper or for a magazine, Barbara ...

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Overview

Everyone in the newsroom agrees that copy editors are the unsung heroes in the business who, until now, have never had a succinct and authoritative guide for on-the-job use. From counting the headline to line breaks, from decks to jumps, from editing numbers and photo captions to editing for organization, The Copy Editing and Headline Handbook is the complete source of essential information for the copy editor. Whether copy editing on a computer or on the printed page, for a newspaper or for a magazine, Barbara Ellis shows how to clean, organize, and proof copy like a pro. With special sections on libel, captions, forbidden words, job hazards, and head counts, as well as a section of the most commonly used symbols in copy editing and proofreading, the Handbook is essential for every copy editor's bookshelf.

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This invaluable guidebook for newspaper and magazine writing addresses editing problems specific to newspapers and magazines, such as counting the headline, and also includes related issues, such as libel.
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This is not just a copy-editing handbook with a chapter on headlines thrown in. Instead, it begins with a lengthy section on headline writing as a fast and effective means of teaching all copy-editing skills<-->including grammar, mechanics, spelling, libel, the newspaper's taboos, and news presentation that fits the paper's audience. Ellis served on six copydesks for nearly fifteen years and as a copy-writing professor at McNeese State University in Louisiana for eight years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738204598
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 6/12/2001
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,484,915
  • Product dimensions: 0.79 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Ellis, Ph.D., is a seasoned copy editor, having served on six copydesks for nearly fifteen years and as a copy editing professor at Louisiana's McNeese State University for eight years. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Headlines: The Prime Seller of Newspapers and the Copy Editors Who Write Them 3
2 Headlines: The Door to Copy-Editing Mastery 13
3 "Counting" the Headline 21
4 Specialty Headlines 33
5 The Master Lists of Forbidden Words in Headlines 43
6 Setting Up a Work Regimen and Determining the First Word (the Subject) - and the Second (the Verb) 53
7 Headline Punctuation, Abbreviations, and the Use of Numbers and Symbols 63
8 Line Breaks, Decks, Jumps - and Second-Day Headlines 77
9 The Art of Writing Feature Headlines 85
10 Different Papers, Different Head Styles 93
11 An Overall Look at Copy Editing Today 105
12 The Editing Routine 111
13 Editing for Organization 125
14 Editing the Lead 141
15 Editing the Close and Quotes 153
16 Adds and Trims 169
17 Editing Stories Involving Numbers 179
18 Attributions, Identifications, and Second References 203
19 Catching Errors in Grammar and Usage (That/Which, Who/Whom, Parallelism, Subjunctive Mood, and Other Pitfalls) 219
20 Transition Words and Forbidden Words in Text 237
21 Writing and Editing Captions 255
22 Two Safeguards for Headlines and Copy: Pursuing Accuracy and Avoiding Lawsuits 275
23 Job Hazards: Dealing with Too Many Earthquakes, Monicas, and Shootings 293
Notes 297
Glossry of Copydesk Terms 315
Bibliography 323
Index 327
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