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Think Like an Editor 50 Strategies for the Print and Digital World

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ISBN-10: 0495001295

ISBN-13: 9780495001294

Edition: 2011

Authors: Wayne R. Davis, Steve Davis, Emilie William W. Davis

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English Students; Editors
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 1/31/2010
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Steve Davis has won more professional titles in the sport than any other player, including a huge total of 28 ranking events and 73 professional tournaments in his career. He was the No.1 player in the eighties, and his most significant wins include six World Championships and three Masters. In 2001, he was awarded an OBE. Steve continues to play snooker, and in 2013 he won the World Seniors Championship. Still very close with Barry Hearn, he is a world ambassador for the sport. He is also an established analyst and commentates for the BBC's snooker coverage.

Our Philosophy: How to Use This Book
Think Like an Editor
An Editor's Credo: Design a mission statement that defines you
Planning the Story
10 Steps to a Better Story: How to Work with Reporters on a Focused Plan before They Report: Plot an effective and reasonable approach to stories of all kinds
Enterprise: How to Come Up with Good Story Ideas: Nurture this trait, and build your reputation as "The Idea Person"
Spot News: How to Help Reporters React to Breaking News: Move quickly, and with confidence, when the news surprises you
News Judgment: How to Decide What's Important: Assess things, and make wise choices
Curiosity: How to Strengthen This Trait: Ask yourself What am I curious about?
Analyzing the Story
See the Big Picture: How to Answer, "What's the Story?": Grasp the essence of the story through conversation
10 Questions in 10 Minutes: Mow to Keep the Story Talk Going: Don't get stuck ... get inspired
Structure: How to Ensure an Organized Story
Structure: Opening Paragraphs: Start fast-and start right
Structure: Lead: Be efficient, quick and to the point
Structure: Quotes: Let sources speak for themselves
Structure: Nut Graph: Ask die key questions to unlock story meaning
Structure: Cosmic Graph: Think big and expand story horizons
Give Credit: Haw to Ensure Proper Attribution, Sourcing and Substantiation: Acknowledge others' contributions to your own work
Show, Don't Tell How to Include Anecdotes, Examples and Details: Employ powerful techniques to energize storytelling
Context: How to Provide Background and Relevance: Help readers understand what's important and why
Closer Look: How to Tell Where the Story Works and Where h Needs Work: Get a quick sense of what you hope and what you need
Assessing the Story
Skeptical Editing: Ask Key Questions Graph by Graph: Ensure a complete, honest and Insightful story
Pace: Keep the Story Moving: Don't lose your story's momentum-or readers' interest
Sensitivity: Sexual Orientation/Gender/Race/Religion/Disabilities/Age: Understand and celebrate differences
Holding a Story: 10 Warning Signs That a Story Should Not Run: Know when to take extra time if the story needs mote work
Saving a Story: 10 Things You Can Do to Make a Story Work: Know what to do when you want to - or need to-publish
Work Like an Editor
Editing the Story
Treat Editing Like a Mystery: How to Approach a Story: Follow a logical and sup-by step process
Edit for AP Style: Remember the rules, and edit with discipline
Edit for Grammar: Avoid everyday mistakes that hurt your image
Edit for Spelling: Read every word, and pronounce every syllable
Edit for Punctuation: Understand the functions, and use them correctly
Edit for Accuracy: Check everything, and check again
Edit for Fairness: Consider readers' many perspectives
Edit for Balance: Realize what it is and how to assess it
Edit for Libel: Learn the warning signs that could lead to legal trouble
Tight Writing: How to Keep It Simple: Strive to uncomplicate the message
Trim a Story: How to Identify 10 Places to Cut: Work delicately, and leave no trace
Transitions: How to Change Subjects and Speakers: Lead readers through the story
Clich�s: How to Be Original: Use your own words, not retreads
Verbs: How to Choose Strong Ones: Select words that make the story move
24-Hour Local News Cycle: How to Handle It: It never stops-and neither will you
Web Elements: 5 Cautions: Mine the Web, but proceed with care
Ethics: How to work your way to the right decision
Taste: How to decide what offends
Presenting and Selling the Story
Headlines, Keywords and Metadata: Grab attention for your content, and help readers find it
Points of Entry and Points of Involvement: Choose ways to get readers interested and engaged
Graphics and Maps: Tell the who, what, when, where, and how with strong visuals
Photos: Convey visual content and emotion
Promos and Refers: Write with power and clarity, and be direct
Act Like an Editor
Using Authority Responsibly
Corrections: Own Up to Mistakes: Earn your readers' trust and respect
Credibility: Put Yourself above Reproach: Understand the pitfalls, and avoid them
Plagiarism and Fabrication: What Editors Can Do: Be vigilant, and protect careers and reputations
Deadline Pressure: How to Get Along in the Newsroom: Set an example by acting like a professional
Keep Asking Questions: Stay sharp through self-reflection