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Copy Editing and Headline Handbook

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ISBN-10: 0738204595

ISBN-13: 9780738204598

Edition: 2001

Authors: Barbara G. Ellis

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For copy editing on a computer, newspaper or magazine, Ellis shows how to clean, organise, and proof copy like a pro. She gives details of captions, forbidden words, job hazards, and head counts, and includes a section on symbols used in editing.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 7/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Headlines: The Prime Seller of Newspapers and the Copy Editors Who Write Them
What Kind of People Work on the "Desk"?
A Career That Lasts Beyond Retirement
Headlines: The Door to Copy-Editing Mastery
It's Your Turn to Write a Headline
A Gallery of Classic Headline Gaffes
Serious Stories = Serious Headlines
"Counting" the Headline
The Copydesk Routine
Two Systems for Doing the Count
Counting in Numerical Sequence
Counting by Character Widths
Into Action
Deciphering the Head Order
Learning Attitude Adjustments
Specialty Headlines
Hammerheads (a.k.a. Hammers) and Wickets
The Slammer
The Master Lists of Forbidden Words in Headlines
Forbidden Words: Sports
Forbidden Words: Hard News
Alleged and Accused
Setting Up a Work Regimen and Determining the First Word (the Subject)--and the Second (the Verb)
Setting Up a System
Find Out "Whodunit" and the Headline's First Word Will Appear
What to Do When You Hear "Voices"
The Headline's Second Word: The Verb
What to Do About "Is" and "Are"--the "To-Be" Verbs
Agreement of Subjects with Their Verbs
Down Among the Collectives, Agreement Is Still in the Eye of the Beholder: Is It "The Couple Was" or "The Couple Were"?
The Verb as the Headline's First World: The "Verb Head"
Headline Punctuation, Abbreviations, and the Use of Numbers and Symbols
Quotation Marks
Dashes and Parentheses in Feature Stories
Question Marks
Exclamation Points
Numbers and Symbols
Line Breaks, Decks, Jumps--and Second-Day Headlines
Line Breaks
Decks (a.k.a. ROS or Read-Outs)
Second-Day Heads
Jump Headlines and "Continued" Lines
The Art of Writing Feature Headlines
The Clever-Headline Writer
The Masters of the "Clever" Head
Different Papers, Different Head Styles
Boning Up on Style Before Starting on a Copydesk
Counts Too Short or Too Long?
Names in Headlines
Headline Styles for News of Fires, Accidents, and Major Disasters
Copy Editing
An Overall Look at Copy Editing Today
The Impact of the "Maestro" System and Pagination
Attitude and Editing
The Editing Routine
Into Action
Editing Features and Opinion Pieces
Editing by Computer
Hard-Copy Editing
Editing for Organization
A New Method for Editing a News Story's Organization
The Basics of Newspaper Story Organization
Hard-News Organization
How to Code a Story
Coding "Delayed" Leads and Discovering Buried Leads
Feature Story Organization
Organization of Second-Day Stories and a Series of Articles
Some Last Words on Editing for Organization
Editing the Lead
Editing Hard-News Leads
Immediate Leads
Editing Other Styles of Immediate Leads
Delayed Leads
The "You" Lead
Editing Feature Leads
Editing the Close and Quotes
The Hard-News Close
Feature-Story Closes
Editing Quotations
Detecting "Phony" Quotes
Editing Quotes from the Unschooled or the Foreign Born
Which Quotes Should Be Killed?
Partial Quotes
Placement of Quotation Attributions
Adds and Trims
Major Trims
Notebook Dumping and Stray-Fact Hitchhikers
Minor Trims
Lancing the Boils and Bloodsuckers in Sentences
Editing Stories Involving Numbers
Suspicious Numbers
Recognizing Statistical Bias
Suspicious Research Numbers
Understanding Property Taxes
Editing Percentages
How to Calculate Percentages
Figuring the Percentages of Increases and Decreases
Stock Market News
Editing the Market's Ups and Downs
"Times as Great" Is Not "Times Greater Than"
Nautical Numbers
Betting Odds
The Writing Style Used for Numbers
Attributions, Identifications, and Second References
Attribution Form and the Venerable "Said"
Attribution Placement
Identifying Sources in Attributions
Coping with Long Titles
Second and Subsequent References to Sources in the News
Pronouns in Second References: When "He" and "She" Become "Their" and "They"
Catching Errors in Grammar and Usage (That/Which, Who/Whom, Parallelism, Subjunctive Mood, and Other Pitfalls)
As and Like
Because and Since
Lay, Lie, and Pay
Like and Such As
Should and Shall
Who and Whom
Who's/Whose and It's/Its
Relative Pronouns: That, Which, and Who
Verb-Agreement Dilemmas
Split Infinitives
Subjunctive Mood
Transition Words and Forbidden Words in Text
Hard-News Transitions
Feature Story Transitions
The Master List of Forbidden Words and Expressions in Copy
Forbidden Terms in Text
Writing and Editing Captions
Making Captions Fit
Writing the Caption
The State of the Caption Elsewhere
L = Look Before You Leap
O = Subtract the Obvious by Adding Substance
M = Reflect the Mood of the Illustration
I = Check Identifications
S = Spelling and Grammar
A = Accuracy and Preventing Litigation
Accuracy and Libel
Two Safeguards for Headlines and Copy: Pursuing Accuracy and Avoiding Lawsuits
Joseph Pulitzer: "What a newspaper needs ... is ... accuracy, accuracy, accuracy!"
Time, Inc. Publications: Role Models for Exemplary Accuracy
Lawsuits: College Publications Are Eligible Too
Even When Papers Win, the Lawsuit Is a Lose-Lose Situation
"Serial Killer Arrested," "Marijuana Cases," and Other Libelous Headlines
War Stories of "Near Misses" and "Direct Hits" May Be the Best Libel Teachers
The Increase of Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuits and the Uniform Correction Law
A Sampler of Practical Protective Systems for Copy Editors
Job Hazards: Dealing with Too Many Earthquakes, Monicas, and Shootings
Glossary of Copydesk Terms