Contemporary Editing by Cecilia FriendContemporary Editing by Cecilia Friend

Contemporary Editing

byCecilia Friend, Don ChallengerEditorCecilia Friend

Paperback | September 23, 2013

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Contemporary Editingoffers journalism students a forward-looking introduction to news editing, providing instruction on traditional newsroom conventions along with a focus on emerging news platforms. This comprehensive text provides students with a strong understanding of everything an editor does, addressing essential copy editing fundamentals such as grammar and style; editorial decision making; photo editing, information graphics, and page design; and new media approaches to storytelling. Throughout, the book focuses on how "the editor's attitude"'a keen awareness of news values, ethics, and audience'comes into play in all facets of news editing. This new edition offers expanded coverage of web publishing and mobile media, giving students solid editing skills for today's evolving media and news forums.

Features of the Third Edition:

    -Editing 2.0 boxes

discuss the impact of digital technology and social media on editing.

    -Coverage of grammar problems and a new chapter on working with numbers

provide students with a strong grasp of math and grammar, which are the underpinnings for all writing and editing.

    -An emphasis on editing for brevity

prepares students to write and edit clearly and briefly, for print and for the web.

    -A chapter on the art of headline writing

guides students through one of the editor's most important tasks, and introduces the task of search engine optimization.

    -Examples of ethics and legal situations

show students how issues arise in even the most basic stories, and how to address them.

    -Online exercises

present additional practice for students, without needing to purchase a workbook.



Cecilia Friendis Professor of Journalism at Utica College. She has been teaching journalism for more than 25 years.  Before that she spent 10 years as a reporter and editor.  Since, she has continued to serve as an editor in various capacities and a writing and design coach.  She is the co-author of "Online Journalism Ethics: Tradition...
Title:Contemporary EditingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9.9 × 7 × 1 inPublished:September 23, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415892813

ISBN - 13:9780415892810

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Table of Contents

A Preface to Students

A Preface to Insturctors for the Third Edition

Part One: Approaching the Story

  1. Focus on Fundamentals: The Editor Within
  2. Focus on News Judgment: The Editor's Attitude
  3. Focus on Skills and Tools: The Editor in the Newsroom
  4. Focus on Grammar: The Mechanics of Language
  5. Focus on Good Writing: Strong and Graceful Prose
  6. Focus on Headlines: Precision, Power and Poetry
  7. Part Two: Inside the Story

  8. News Close to Home: Editing Local and Community Media
  9. News From Afar: Editing Nonlocal Stories
  10. Making the Long Story Short: Editing for Brevity and Clarity
  11. Working with Writers: Editing Features
  12. No Safety in Numbers: Checking them Twice
  13. Doing Justice: Ethical and Legal Issues
  14. Part Three: Beyond the Story

  15. An Eye for News: Editing Visuals
  16. Showing the Story: Editing Data Visualizations
  17. The Balancing Act: Designing Pages