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Contemporary Editing

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ISBN-10: 0072853980

ISBN-13: 9780072853988

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: Cecilia Friend, Don Challenger, Katherine C. McAdams

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Addresses the many facets of newspaper editing from grammar and design to questions of ethics in a multimedia culture. The textbook's 16 chapters are organized into three parts: basic skills; special issues in copy editing; and editing issues beyond the story itself, including photographs, graphics, page design, and Web editing.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.30" wide x 9.10" long x 1.70" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

Prefacep. xvii
Approaching the Storyp. 1
Focus on fundamentals: The editor withinp. 2
Editing is Reading with an Attitudep. 2
The Editor Emergesp. 4
The Editor Shifts From Me to Wep. 7
What Editors do and Why It Mattersp. 8
The Editor's Changing Role: From Print to Multimediap. 12
The Changing News and News Judgmentp. 18
Preparing to be an Editorp. 22
Focus on news judgment: The editor's attitudep. 25
The Editor Steps Forwardp. 25
The Editor's Attitudep. 26
News Values and News Judgmentp. 30
Applying the News Valuesp. 36
News Judgment in Actionp. 37
Doing the Right Thing: Fairness and Ethicsp. 41
The Starting Point: Your Stylebookp. 51
A Look Around the Newsroomp. 52
Focus on skills and tools: The editor in the newsroomp. 56
The News is in the Detailsp. 56
Skills for Today's Copy Editorp. 58
Organization: the Shape of the Storyp. 65
Accuracy: the Substance of the Storyp. 73
Numbers in the Newsp. 82
Tools for Today's Editorp. 90
Focus on grammar: The mechanics of languagep. 100
Why Grammar Mattersp. 100
What are Grammar, Style and Usage?p. 102
Building Grammar Skills Step By Stepp. 104
Sentences: Putting the Parts Togetherp. 130
Punctuationp. 137
Focus on good writing: Strong and graceful prosep. 151
Correct Writing and Good Writingp. 151
Style and Usage: Let the Writer's Voice Be Heardp. 153
The Editor's Role: Seeing the Details and Hearing the Songp. 153
Clarity Through Word Usage: Be Simple, Be Briefp. 156
Misused Wordsp. 164
More on Quotations and Attributionsp. 176
Building Graceful Sentencesp. 185
Inside the Storyp. 199
News close to home: Editing local stories and community newsp. 200
The Importance of Local Newsp. 200
What's Different About Local News?p. 203
The Characteristics of Strong Local Newsp. 205
Raising the Standards in Community Newsp. 219
The Debate Over Civic Journalismp. 228
News from afar: Editing wire storiesp. 235
News From Afarp. 235
Looking Inside the Wirep. 238
The Wire Editor's Tasksp. 239
Reading and Selecting Wire Storiesp. 247
Editing and Trimming Wire Storiesp. 250
Making a long story short: Editing for brevity and clarityp. 267
Cutting Stories Without Cutting Cornersp. 267
Old Tools for New Needsp. 269
Thinking Through the Storyp. 272
Editing Briefs: The Shortest of the Shortp. 294
After the fact: Editing features and more complex story formsp. 305
Feature Editing is Creative Editingp. 305
Features, News and News Features: Some Distinctionsp. 307
The Feature Editor and the Feature Writerp. 308
Changing Priorities: News Values and Morep. 311
Leads and Language in Featuresp. 315
Focus and Organization in Featuresp. 328
No safety in numbers: Poll and survey storiesp. 339
Polls Can REflect or Distort Public Opinionp. 339
A Primer on Pollingp. 340
Key Concepts in Poll Resultsp. 343
Bias in the Questioning Processp. 346
Scientific and Nonscientific Pollsp. 356
The Impact of Polls on the Publicp. 361
Doing justice: Legal issues, ethics and biasp. 367
The Lessons of 1998p. 367
Developing A Sense of What is Rightp. 370
The Concept of Libelp. 376
The Right to Privacyp. 386
Ethical Guidelinesp. 389
Beyond the Storyp. 403
Headlines: Precision, power and poetryp. 404
The Voice of Authorityp. 404
What Headlines Dop. 405
Getting Started: Headline Basicsp. 406
The Language of Headlinesp. 410
Four Stages of Headline Writingp. 412
Intention: What Good Headlines Must Dop. 413
Approach: What Good Headlines Should Dop. 421
Mechanics: Compressing Meaning, Maintaining Clarityp. 424
Structure: Headlines on the Page and Screenp. 435
An eye for news: Editing photosp. 447
The Power of Picturesp. 447
Image and Realityp. 451
Selecting Photosp. 452
Ethical and Legal Issuesp. 458
Cropping and Sizing Photosp. 468
Writing Cutlinesp. 475
Showing the story: Editing information graphicsp. 481
The Value of Showing the Storyp. 481
Types of Information Graphicsp. 483
Data and Distortionp. 494
Editing Text in Infographicsp. 504
The balancing act: Designing pagesp. 509
Communicating Through Designp. 509
Why Design Mattersp. 510
Design Conceptsp. 516
Story Design with and Without Artp. 522
From the Module to the Pagep. 530
Typography: the Visual Dimension of Wordsp. 535
Advanced Issues in Designp. 539
Laying Out Inside Pagesp. 546
Color Considerationsp. 548
From gatekeeper to guide: Online news and 21st-century editingp. 556
The Leap from the Page to the Screenp. 556
Audience, Advertising and Ethics: New Realities Onlinep. 561
The News and the Newsroom Go Onlinep. 567
Adapting Your Skills to Online Editingp. 577
The Web, Free Speech and Democracyp. 585
Frequently Misused Wordsp. 593
Glossaryp. 597
Sample Dummy Sheetsp. 607
Acknowledgmentsp. 611
Indexp. 613
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