Copycrafting: Editing for Journalism Today

Paperback | July 17, 2013

byKenneth Rosenauer

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From newspapers to TwitterRG, the media's ability to deliver news and interact with audiences is constantly changing. In Copycrafting, author Kenneth Rosenauer provides aspiring journalists and copyeditors with the essential tools for delivering content effectively and correctly, regardless ofthe media platform used. Flexible enough to work either in conjunction with any editing text or on its own, this workbook offers brief, consolidated lessons on copyediting basics - including the copyeditor's role, editing practices, ethics and diversity issues - and AP style, punctuation, grammar,spelling and usage rules. Rosenauer covers a specific rule in each chapter, providing numerous examples and exercises for practice. This allows students to actively learn the editing skills that they will need to flourish in the constantly evolving media landscape.

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From newspapers to TwitterRG, the media's ability to deliver news and interact with audiences is constantly changing. In Copycrafting, author Kenneth Rosenauer provides aspiring journalists and copyeditors with the essential tools for delivering content effectively and correctly, regardless ofthe media platform used. Flexible enough to...

Kenneth Rosenauer is Professor of Journalism and English at Missouri Western State University. He is a former newspaper editor and reporter. He is coauthor with Vincent Filak of The Journalist's Handbook for Online Editing (2013) and author of Storycrafting: A Process Approach to Writing News (2004).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PART 1. The Basics1. The Role of the Copy EditorWhat Copy Editors Do- Check Facts and Figures for Accuracy- Check Style for Consistency With Associated Press and House Guidelines- Review Stories for Potential Legal and Ethical Problems and Resolve Them- Cut, Add, Replace or Rearrange Words, Sentences and Paragraphs- Check for Focus, Readability and Organization- Work Closely and Creatively With Reporters- Write Effective and Appropriate HeadlinesTraits of Good Copy Editors- Strong Grounding in Basic Skills- Attention to Detail- Love of the Written-or Spoken-Word- Curiosity- Creativity- Familiarity With and Knowledge of Particular MediaNewsroom Organization and Copy Flow2. Editing ContentThree C's: Clarity, Conciseness and Correctness- Clarity- Conciseness- CorrectnessLeadsThe Body and Organization- Questions to Consider- Inverted Pyramid- Other Story Formats- Finishing Up3. Copy Editing for Print and OnlineCharacteristics of Print Stories Versus Online StoriesBeing Aware of Search Engine OptimizationEditing Approaches to Print and OnlineONLINE INSIGHTS: Using Google TrendsEditing Hardcopy Versus On-ScreenCopy Editing Marks4. Legal, Ethical and Inclusive-Language Concerns for Copy EditorsDistinguishing Between Law, Morals and EthicsLegal Concerns-LibelONLINE INSIGHTS: CopyrightLegal concerns-PrivacyONLINE INSIGHTS: SOPA, PIPA and Dealing With PiracyEthical Concerns-Codes of ConductEthical Concerns-DiversityPART 2. AP Style5. Abbreviations and AcronymsAcademic DegreesAddressesMonthsOrganizationsState NamesText MessagingTitlesPolitical PartiesOthersExercises6. CapitalizationAddressesAgenciesBuildingsCompositions-Names of Books, Movies, Television Programs and Other WorksCongressConstitutionDepartmentDirections and RegionsFields of StudyFoodsHeavenly BodiesHistorical Periods and EventsIndiansLegislatureOnline ReferencesPluralsPolitical PartiesReligious ReferencesRoomSeasonsTimeTitlesOther Entries of InterestExercises7. NumeralsExceptions to Less-Than-10 RuleNumbers Beginning SentencesFractionsMillions, BillionsOrdinal and Cardinal NumbersONLINE INSIGHTS: "Google it"Math and Conversions for Editors- Percentages and Decimals- Averages- Distance, Time and Rate- Area MeasurementsExercises8. PluralsFor Most WordsFor Words Ending in -ch, -s, -sh, -ss, -x and -zFor Words Ending in -isFor Words Ending in -yFor Words Ending in -oFor Words Ending in -fFor Words With Latin EndingsFor Compound WordsFor Proper NamesOthersExercises9. Commonly Misspelled and Misused WordsExercises10. TitlesThe Golden Rule of Title CapitalizationAbbreviating TitlesGovernment OfficialsPast and Future TitlesLong TitlesDoctorLegislative TitlesParty AffiliationReligious TitlesRoyal Titles and Titles of NobilityComposition Titles-Names of Books, Movies and Other WorksTelevision Program TitlesExercises11. AP PotpourriPotpourriInclusive LanguageONLINE INSIGHTS -- Online Terms for EditorsExercises12. Style MasteryExercisesPART 3. Punctuation and Usage13. CommasCompound SentencesElements in a SeriesOther SeriesIntroductory ElementsInterrupting ElementsAttributionLarge NumbersBeyond the RulesExercises14. Semicolons and ColonsSemicolons-Independent Clauses (Complete Sentences) Joined WithoutCoordinating ConjunctionsSemicolons-Elements in Series That Have CommasColons-Introduction of ListsColons-Separations for Explanations, Rules or Examples From PrecedingIndependent Clauses (Full Sentences)Other UsesExercises15. ApostrophesPossessivesContractionsSingle LettersFiguresDouble PossessivesOmitted Letters or FiguresDescriptive PhrasesPlural WordsSpecial ExpressionsExercises16. Quotation Marks, Question Marks and Exclamation PointsQuotation Marks-With Other PunctuationQuotation Marks-For Direct QuotationsQuotation Marks-With Composition TitlesQuotation Marks-With Nicknames, Irony and Unfamiliar TermsQuestion MarksExclamation PointsExercises17. Hyphens, Dashes, Ellipses And ParenthesesHyphens-Compound ModifiersHyphens-PrefixesHyphens-SuffixesHyphens-Ratios and OddsHyphens-FractionsHyphens-Scores and Vote TabulationsHyphens-OtherDashes-Abrupt ChangeDashes-Series Within a PhraseDashes-OtherEllipsesParenthesesExercises18. Irregular VerbsTo Lay or To LieTo Raise or To RiseTo Set or To SitIrregular Verb ListExercises19. Problem PronounsThat and WhichWho/Whom and Whoever/WhomeverWho's and WhoseThere, Their and They'reExercises20. PrepositionsUnnecessary PrepositionsWordy PrepositionsIdiomatic Use of PrepositionsExercises21. AgreementSubject-Verb AgreementPronoun AgreementExercises22. Wordinessi There Is/There Are/i and iIt Is/i SentencesForm of the Verb To Be as the Main VerbNominalizationRedundanciesCircumlocutionsEmpty Phrases and WordsClichesEuphemismsONLINE INSIGHTS: Editing Blog PostsPassive VoiceExercises23. Punctuation and Usage MasteryExercisesPART 4. Leads, Headlines, Images, Design and the Full Story24. LeadsNo-News LeadsBuried LeadsToo Long LeadsPassive LeadsDefinition LeadsDirect Quotation LeadsQuestion LeadsCliche LeadsWeak Beginnings- The When- Attribution- There Is/There AreExercises25. HeadlinesThe Tradition of Headline Writing- First Step- Traditional Headline Rules- Traditional Headline Types- Headline Do's- Headline Don'ts- Headline TipsAccurate, Interesting, Appropriate and Effective Headlines- Examples of Winning Headlines- Some Additional Headline AdviceColumn MeasuresONLINE INSIGHTS Web Page Headline TipsUsing Microsoft Word to Write HeadlinesExercises26. ImagesWorking With Photographers and Graphic ArtistsSelecting Images- Photographs- GraphicsUnderstanding Composition- Rule of Thirds- Balance- Contrast- Lines- Perspective- FormatONLINE INSIGHTS: Free Online Photo Editing ToolsPreparing Images- Cropping- SizingONLINE INSIGHTS: Preparing Photos for the Web- Adjusting- SharpeningWriting CaptionsExercises27. DesignDesign Principles- Balance- Proximity- Alignment- Repetition- Contrast- Dominance- UnityTypography- Font Choices- Display and Body Type- Type GuidelinesImages- Photographs- GraphicsDesigning Print PagesDesigning Online PagesONLINE INSIGHTS: Web Page Editing TipsExercise28. The Full StoryExercisesPART 5. AppendixAppendixHeartland DirectoryOnline Editing ResourcesIrregular Verb ListCommon Cliches List