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Editing for the Digital Age

Editing for the Digital Age

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.

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


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


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


Wrapping Up

Chapter 11: Editorial Triage
Wrapping Up

About the Author


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


  • 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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