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January 2015 | 200 pages | CQ Press
A Balanced Approach for the Modern Writer and Editor

Whether working in a traditional newsroom or as a one-person blogging operation, every good writer needs to become his or her own best editor. Editing for the Digital Age provides editors and writers with the tools necessary to ensure that published material is accurate, readable, and complete. The book provides guidance in copy editing fundamentals, including correcting grammar, conforming the writing to a style guide, and revising material so that it is tightly written and clear. The text is designed for today’s digital publishing landscape and addresses the many issues writers and editors now face on a daily basis—handling legal issues such as liability, copyright, and libel; writing headlines that will attract readers; creating multimedia packages to support an article or post; and using various forms of social media to curate content and connect with audience members. Chapters focus on key areas and themes for editing in the digital age, and "Write Right" writing and grammar exercises are woven into every chapter to progressively build students’ editing skills.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1: You, the Editor
Traditional Editors’ Roles

 
New Challenges

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 2: Choosing Content that Clicks: Publishing for Your Audience
What New Publishers Can Learn from Old Media

 
Finding a Niche

 
Defining the Target Audience

 
Creating a Mission Statement

 
Deciding What to Publish

 
Letting the Audience Lead You to Ideas

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 3: Getting the Facts Straight
Common Factual Errors

 
Myths, Hoaxes and Urban Legends

 
Manipulation of Images and Videos

 
Filling Holes

 
Using Online Resources to Find and Verify Information

 
Corrections

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 4: Polishing Writing
From Writer-Centered to Audience-Centered

 
Using the Appropriate Writing Style

 
Offer a Unique Voice

 
Avoiding Verbosity and Achieving Clarity

 
Limiting Sentences to One Idea Each

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 5: This One Weird Chapter Will Help You Grab Readers
Keep It Simple

 
Make It Specific

 
Size It Right

 
When It’s Time for a Subhead

 
How Print and Online Headlines Differ

 
SEO and Why It Matters

 
Trends in Online Headlines

 
Captions and Cutlines

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 6: Defamation
Defining Defamation

 
Journalistic Privilege

 
Differences in Status

 
Satire and Parody

 
Publishing Anonymously

 
SLAPP Suits

 
The Importance of Corrections and Clarifications

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 7: Privacy, Copyright, International Regulations and Other Legal Issues
Privacy Issues

 
Copyright Infringement

 
Responsibility for Publishing the Statements and Content of Others

 
Publishing Product or Service Endorsements

 
Laws Affecting Recordings

 
New Technologies

 
Employment Issues

 
Governmental Risks

 
Fending Off Foreign Legal Threats

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 8: Handling Matters of Ethics, Fairness, Taste and Sensitivity
Ethical Issues

 
Making the Right Decisions

 
Is It Time for New Ethics Codes?

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 9: Managing Engagement
Internal Engagement

 
External Engagement

 
Anonymity and ConfidentialityCrafting and Using Social Media Guidelines

 
Crafting and Using Social Media Guidelines

 
Using Analytics to Learn More About Audience Usage and Preferences

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 10: Curation, Aggregation and Creation
Curation and Aggregation

 
Creation

 
Wrapping Up

 
 
Chapter 11: Editorial Triage
Wrapping Up

 
 
Notes
 
Index
 
About the Author

Supplements

Student Study Site
The Student Study Site includes chapter web quizzes and web resources.
Instructor Teaching Site
The password-protected Instructor Teaching Site includes additional chapter quizzes.
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • Using a Digital First approach, this is the first textbook of its kind to take a digital method while maintaining a strong focus on the fundamentals of copy editing and good writing.
  • Current cases and examples help students apply editing concepts to contemporary scenarios, bringing the issues to life and making them easier to understand.
  • Write Right sections progressively build students’ editing skills by stressing the importance of grammar and usage.
  • An Editor's Toolkit section in each chapter provides a wide range of resources for editors and self-editors.
  • Print and Online Student Exercises provide students with plenty of opportunities to practice the lessons taught in each chapter and improve their writing skills. 

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