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Creative Editing

ISBN-10: 0534562167

ISBN-13: 9780534562168

Edition: 4th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Dorothy A. Bowles, Diane L. Borden

List price: $144.95
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CREATIVE EDITING has been consistently praised by reviewers for its comprehensive coverage, excellent organization, and currency of issues relevant to editing copy. The Fourth Edition continues to live up to this reputation through consistent reinforcement and practical application of editing concepts. The book covers all aspects of editing for print and online media and provides ample practice exercises for students to demonstrate that they know how to apply principles from the text. This book does not assume that students understand grammar fundamentals. It starts with basic language skills and leads students through every phase of a professional copy editor's job. The book's textbook/workbook approach allows students to practice their skills as they learn. This edition covers editing as it relates to public relations, digital editing for Web sources and magazine editing. In addition, it includes separate chapters on communications law and ethics, along with exercises designed to help students understand practical applications of legal and ethical principles.
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Book details

List price: $144.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Dorothy A. Bowles is a Journalism Professor at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches courses in editing, political communications, and communications law and ethics. She previously taught editing and law for nine years at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. She has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana. She has also worked in corporate and school public relations.

Diane L. Borden joined the School of Communication at San Diego State University in August 1998 and was named Executive Assistant to SDSU President Stephen L. Weber in July 2001. Prior to joining the president's office, Dr. Borden taught mass communication law and theory as well as courses in journalism. She continues to teach a graduate seminar in first amendment law each spring. She has also served as the project director for the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), where she was responsible for the administration of more than $1.5 million in grant projects. She came to academe after a lengthy career in professional journalism, including 10 year tenure with Gannett Co. Inc., during which time she worked as an editor and publisher in a variety of media markets.

Preface
The Copy Editor's Role
How we got here
The importance of good copy editing
The duties of a copy editor
The characteristics of a good copy editor
The copy desk in a modern newsroom
The editing process
News story
Brochures
Professional perspective: Sharon Bibb: Looking to the future
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Using Correct Grammar and Punctuation
Parts of speech
Sentence structure
Common pitfalls in grammar and usage
Subject and verb agreement
Professional perspective: Edgar Miller: Rule or myth?
Noun and pronoun agreement
Reflexive and intensive pronouns
Pronoun case
Essential and nonessential clauses
Possessive nouns
Sequence of tenses
Irregular verb forms
Subjunctive mood
Misplaced and dangling modifiers
Double negatives
Parallel construction
Punctuation
Editing with computers
Traditional copy editing symbols
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Consistent Style and Correct Words
Consistent style for carefully edited publications
Associated Press style
Numerals
Abbreviations
Capitalization
Time
Cities and datelines
Other style issues
Correct word usage
Common spelling errors
Professional perspective: Poynter Institute faculty: Spelling tips
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Editing Stories
Editing leads
Including essential information
Accuracy in numbers
Reporting survey results
Accuracy in word usage
Eliminating redundancies
Editing story structure
Using transitions
Handling quotations
Shortening stories
Estimating story length
Editing with precision
Editing news-service copy
Primary news services
Supplemental services
Handling copy
The wire editor's job
The first edition
The story conference
During and after the crunch
Editing for the Web
Keep it short
Make it skimmable
Link it
Professional perspective: Matthew Lee: Online editing
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Checking Facts
Reliability of reference sources
Indexes
Internet search tools
Search and meta search engines
Lists
Professional associations, foundations, institutes
Internet discussion groups
Usenet newsgroups
Commercial electronic databases
Standard reference works
Biographical information
Book reviews
Current events sources
Factual data and statistics
Directories of newspapers and magazines
Dictionaries and manuals of language and style
Business and advertising information
Broadcasting and film
Government, politics and law
Health and medical information
Maps and geographic information
Quotations
Religion
Science
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Legal Concerns
Prior restraint
Competing personal interests
Professional perspective: Mary Kay Martire: Legal advice for copy editors
Libel
Plaintiff's burden of proof
Defenses against libel
Privacy
Copyright
Trademarks
College press rights
Techniques for avoiding lawsuits
Cost of a lawsuit
Complaints from the public
Prepublication cautions at the newsgathering stage
Prepublication cautions at the copy desk
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Editing and Ethics
How to decide questions of ethics
What is ethics?
Philosophical principles
How to use the Potter box
Codes of ethics
Editing with good taste and sensitivity
Situational ethics
Press response to criticism
Ethics in the 21st century
Professional perspective: Jeanette Chavez: Essential ethics
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Typography
Type sizes
Type widths
Type styles
Type weights
Type families
Legibility
Web typography
Professional perspective: Joe Gillespie: Typography as performance
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Writing Headlines
Purposes of news headlines
Characteristics of good headlines
How to write headlines
Professional perspective: Peter Bhatia: Cliches are not my cup of tea
Guidelines for writing news headlines
Ambiguous and confusing headlines
Examples of good headlines
Press release headlines
Professional perspective: Peter Bhatia: The power of headlines
Feature story headlines
Web page headlines
Magazine titles
Headline punctuation
Headline capitalization
Headline counting
Counting manually
Counting with computer software
Placement of headlines
Headline alignment
Headline styles
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Editing Pictures and Infographics
Better visuals through teamwork
Professional perspective: Steve Dorsey: On design
Selecting pictures
Preparing photographs for publication
Handling photographs
Cropping
Scaling
Digital images
Editing informational graphics
Advice for graphic artists
Role of the copy editor
Professional perspective: Lynne Perri: Communicating visually
Editing captions
Picture stories
Caption styles
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Design and Layout
Design principles
Balance
Contrast
Proportion
Unity
Design elements
Body type
Display type
Borders
Open space
Art
Color
Forms of layout
Newspaper layout
Basic guidelines
Dummying Page One
Dummying inside pages
Pagination
Newsletter layout
Production considerations
Magazine layout
Formats
Basic guidelines for magazine layout
Web layout and design
Mapping a Web site
Helping readers navigate a site
Editing pages within a site
Professional perspective: Diane Carmony: Design and content
Suggestions for Additional Reading
Exercises
Frequently Misused Words
Index