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

ISBN-10: 1133311377

ISBN-13: 9781133311379

Edition: 2013

List price: $66.95
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THINK LIKE AN EDITOR is designed for the new breed of editors who are evolving at the same time news and information sharing is changing. The book encourages students to apply themselves confidently, to think analytically, to examine information with scrutiny, and to see the big picture. Organized by the 50 strategies of editing and working, each "strategy section" is two to six pages long, which makes content easy to find for both students and professors. The text combines an examination of content depth with insight into the process behind editorial decision-making. Full of tips, lists, and memory aids, THINK LIKE AN EDITOR works similarly to a brief handbook of editing. The second edition features new strategies to help students think creatively in a world of social media, handle multiple platforms, and keep readers engaged. Both basic skills and advanced concepts of editing are covered.
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List price: $66.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Our Philosophy: How to Use This Book
Think Like an Editor
An Editor's Credo
Design a mission statement that defines you
Managing 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
Manage the Editor: Coach Reporters to Coach You for Better Story Results
Build your reputation as a "willing partner"
Social Media: It's Integral for Your Audience to Be Interactive and Involved
Keep track of these three I's at the start of story planning
News Judgment: How to Decide What's Important
Assess things, and make wise choices
Curiosity: How to Nurture This Trait and be the "Idea Person"
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: How 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 the key questions to unlock story meaning
Structure: Cosmic Graph
Think big, and expand story horizons
Give Credit: How 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 It Needs Work
Get a quick sense of what you have and what you need
Assessing the Story
Skeptical Editing: Ask Key Questions Graph by Graph
Ensure a complete, honest and insightful story
Competing Digital Interests: How to Keep Readers with You
Don't lose your own momentum, and others won't lose theirs
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 more 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 step-by-step process
Edit for AP Style: Strive for Consistency
Remember the rules, and edit with discipline
Edit for Grammar: Make Decisions with Confidence
Avoid everyday mistakes that hurt your image
Edit for Spelling: Know Words by Sight
Read every word, and pronounce every syllable
Edit for Punctuation: How to Focus on Every Rule
Understand the functions, and use them correctly
Edit for Accuracy: Visualize as You Read
Check everything, and check again
Edit for Fairness: Rely on Your Conscience
Consider readers' many perspectives
Edit for Balance: Practice 4 Key Ways
Realize what it is and how to assess it
Edit for Libel: How to Avoid Careless Mistakes
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
Lively Language: Choose Strong Verbs and Avoid Clich�s
Select words that make the story move
Understanding Special Demands on the Story
Handling Multiple Platforms and Tools: How to Consider Your Options, Smartly
Make the right decision for the right reason
Digital Deadlines: 10 Tips
24-hour news cycle never stops-and neither will you
Web Elements: 5 Cautions
Mine the Web, but proceed with care
Ethics: Consider Stakeholders, Audience, Peers, Yourself
How to work your way to a responsible decision
Taste: 10 Hot Buttons
How to decide what offends
Presenting and Selling the Story
Headlines, Keywords and Metadata: How to Write Them for Multiple Platforms
Grab attention for your content, and help readers find it
Points of Entry and Points of Involvement: Create Them with Purpose
Choose ways to get readers interested and engaged
Data Visualization: Make Key Decisions Early to Show Information Clearly
Tell the who, what, when, where, why and how with strong visuals
Photos: How to Choose and Present Them
Convey visual content and emotion
Promos and Refers: How to Get Attention for Your Content
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 and avoid pitfalls while branding "you"
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: Release Your Creativity
Stay sharp through self-reflection
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