Creative Editing: For Canadian Journalists

Paperback | March 30, 2009

byDorothy A. Bowles, Diane L. Borden, Peter J. Scott

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Creative Editing covers all aspects of editing for print and online media. It is a comprehensive field guide to copy editing for Canadian publications. The textbook/workbook format allows students to practice their skills as they learn. It also includes separate chapters on communications law and ethics.

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Creative Editing covers all aspects of editing for print and online media. It is a comprehensive field guide to copy editing for Canadian publications. The textbook/workbook format allows students to practice their skills as they learn. It also includes separate chapters on communications law and ethics.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 10.88 × 8.4 × 0.63 inPublished:March 30, 2009Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:017644081X

ISBN - 13:9780176440817

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Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 1: The Copy Editors RoleHow we got hereThe importance of good copy editingThe duties of a copy editorThe characteristics of a good copy editorThe copy desk in a modern newsroomThe editing process News storyBrochuresProfessional Perspective:The value of a good copy editorSuggestions for Additional ReadingChapter 2: Using Correct Grammar and PunctuationParts of speechSentence structureCommon pitfalls in grammar and usageProfessional Perspective: Warren ClementsPunctuationEditing with computersTraditional copy editing symbolsSuggestions for Additional ReadingChapter 3: Consistent Style and Correct WordsConsistent style for carefully edited publicationsCanadian Press styleNumeralsAbbreviationsCapitalizationTimeCities and datelinesOther style issuesCorrect word usageCommon spelling errorsProfessional Perspective: Patti TaskoRole of the Canadian PressSuggestions for Additional ReadingChapter 4 Editing StoriesEditing lea:dsIncluding essential informationAccuracy in numbersReporting survey resultsAccuracy in word usageEliminating redundanciesEditing story structureUsing transitionsHandling quotationsShortening storiesEstimating story lengthEditing with precisionEditing news-service copyPrimary news servicesSupplemental servicesHandling copyThe wire editors jobThe first editionThe story conferenceDuring and after the crunchEditing for the WebKeep it shortMake it skimmableLink itOnline editingProfessional Perspective: DArcy Kavanagh Online editingSuggestions for Additional ReadingChapter 5: Checking FactsReliability of reference sourcesIndexesInternet search toolsSearch and meta search enginesListsProfessional associations, foundations, institutesInternet discussion groupsUsenet newsgroupsCommercial electronic databasesStandard reference worksBiographical informationBook reviewsCurrent events sourcesFactual data and statisticsDirectories of newspapers and magazinesDictionaries and manuals of language and styleBusiness and advertising informationBroadcasting and filmGovernment, politics and lawHealth and medical informationMaps and geographic informationQuotationsReligionScienceSuggestions for Additional ReadingChapter 6: Legal ConcernsPrior restraintCompeting personal interestsProfessional perspective: Fred KozakLegal advice for copy editorsLibelPlaintiffs burden of proof Defences against libelPrivacyCopyrightTrademarksCollege press rightsTechniques for avoiding lawsuitsCost of a lawsuitComplaints from the publicPrepublication cautions at the newsgathering stagePrepublication cautions at the copy deskSuggestions for Additional ReadingChapter 7: Editing and EthicsHow to decide questions of ethicsProfessional Perspective: Kathy English Essential ethicsWhat is ethics?Philosophical principlesHow to use the Potter boxCodes of ethicsEditing with good taste and sensitivitySituational ethicsPress response to criticismEthics in the 21st centurySuggestions for Additional ReadingChapter 8: TypographyProfessional Perspective: David Berman Typography as tone of voiceType sizesType widthsType stylesType weightsType familiesLegibilityWeb typographySuggestions for Additional ReadingChapter 9: Writing HeadlinesPurposes of news headlinesCharacteristics of good headlinesProfessional Perspective: Sharon Burnside How to write headlinesGuidelines for writing news headlinesAmbiguous and confusing headlinesExamples of good headlinesPress release headlinesFeature story headlinesWeb page headlinesMagazine titlesHeadline punctuationHeadline capitalizationHeadline countingCounting manuallyCounting with computer softwarePlacement of headlinesHeadline alignmentHeadline stylesSuggestions for Additional ReadingChapter 10: Editing Pictures and InfographicsBetter visuals through teamworkSelecting picturesProfessional Perspective: Graeme Roy The making of a great news photoPreparing photogr