Journalists from the Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel joined more than 90 professors at the AEJMC convention in Chicago to talk about how to train tomorrow's editors. But when the workshop was over, many at the session kept on talking. Details on the session - and information on how to get the session's DVD of resources - are inside.
How important is copy editing in the world of new media? For Ju-Don Roberts, managing editor of washingtonpost.com, copy editing was "the single best role I've had" to prepare for an online journalism career. See what the other panelists had to say to more than 100 professors at the sixth annual breakfast.
John Bremner turned his students into disciples for copy editing. A copy editor, he preached, was the "guardian of his newspaper's character and reputation." Watch a video of Bremner in action, and download a copy of "HTK," his guide to writing headlines.
... before setting foot in a newsroom. What's it really like to work as an editor today? Nearly 200 editors have agreed to help answer that question in this booklet, A Little About a Lot and a Lot About A Little, but as one says, being an editor is "good for the soul."
Want to write better heads? Key words and active verbs help, but the best tactic is to practice. Try your hand at stories published in papers across the country - and then get the inside story from the original editors on how they wrote their heads. To get the story on the "Sticks" head above, go to the last item on the Study Tools page.
The challenges of a changing media world require new thinking, new approaches, and copy editors are at the hub of those changes. How do we bring the quality-control role of the copy desk into the future? Editors at the Editing the Future conferences are finding answers.
This link takes you to collection of quizzes in various file formats, including a format that allows you to import the quizzes into your Blackboard 6 site. You'll also find instructions on how to do that.
Working with reporters isn't the sole province of the city desk. When it's late, or busy, copy editors can find themselves working one-on-one with a reporter. Watch as writing coach Don Fry demonstrates how coaching techniques can help copy editors produce a better story.
How do we teach editing to students entering an increasingly online world? More than 90 editing professors joined the fifth annual breakfast to hear from industry pros, swap teaching tips and share ideas.
Help your students prepare for the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing test by letting them practice on actual exams from previous years. You can also use the tests as classroom exercises. Answer keys included, as well as information on how the tests are graded.
When miners were trapped at the Sago mine in West Virginia, their families agonized during the rescue attempt, and reporters waited with them. When news broke very late one night that the miners had been found alive, reporters raced to file their stories in time for the morning edition. But the news was wrong: All but one miner were dead. This collection shows how more than 100 newspapers handled the late-breaking news and subsequent corrections.