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Cengage Advantage Books: Think Like an Editor: 50 Strategies for the Print and Digital World, 2nd Edition

  • Steve Davis Syracuse University
  • Emilie Davis Syracuse University
  • ISBN-10: 1133311377  |  ISBN-13: 9781133311379
  • 384 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $34.75
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About

Overview

THINK LIKE AN EDITOR is designed for the new breed of editors who are evolving at the same time news and information sharing is changing. The book encourages students to apply themselves confidently, to think analytically, to examine information with scrutiny, and to see the big picture. Organized by the 50 strategies of editing and working, each "strategy section" is two to six pages long, which makes content easy to find for both students and professors. The text combines an examination of content depth with insight into the process behind editorial decision-making. Full of tips, lists, and memory aids, THINK LIKE AN EDITOR works similarly to a brief handbook of editing. The second edition features new strategies to help students think creatively in a world of social media, handle multiple platforms, and keep readers engaged. Both basic skills and advanced concepts of editing are covered.

Features and Benefits

  • Part One, "Think Like an Editor," prepares editors to approach content from the editor's perspective.
  • Part Two, "Work Like an Editor," emphasizes the basic skills of copyediting for all editors.
  • Part Three, "Act Like an Editor", explains the best way editors can use their authority responsibly; how to avoid ethical missteps; how to get along with colleagues; and how to spot and deal with plagiarism and fabrication.
  • Real-world examples of editing are provided on the author-maintained blog.

Table of Contents

Part I: THINK LIKE AN EDITOR.
1. An Editor's Credo.
MANAGING THE STORY.
2. 10 Steps to a Better Story: How to Work with Reporters on a Focused Plan before They Report.
3. Manage the Editor: Coach Reporters to Coach You for Better Story Results.
4. Social Media: It's Integral for Your Audience to be Interactive and Involved.
5. News Judgment: How to Decide What's Important.
6. Curiosity: How to Nurture This Trait and be the "Idea Person".
ANALYZING THE STORY.
7. See the Big Picture: How to Answer, "What's the Story?".
8. 10 Questions in 10 Minutes: How to Keep the Story Talk Going.
9–13. STRUCTURE: HOW TO ENSURE AN ORGANIZED STORY.
9. Structure: Opening Paragraphs.
10. Structure: Lead.
11. Structure: Quotes.
12. Structure: Nut Graph.
13. Structure: Cosmic Graph.
14. Give Credit: How to Ensure Proper Attribution, Sourcing and Substantiation.
15. Show, Don't Tell: How to Include Anecdotes, Examples and Details.
16. Context: How to Provide Background and Relevance.
17. Closer Look: How to Tell Where the Story Works and Where It Needs Work.
ASSESSING THE STORY.
18. Skeptical Editing: Ask Key Questions Graph by Graph.
19. Competing Digital Interests: How to Keep Readers with You.
20. Sensitivity: Sexual Orientation/Gender/Race/Religion/Disabilities/Age.
21. Holding a Story: 10 Warning Signs That a Story Should Not Run.
22. Saving a Story: 10 Things You Can Do to Make a Story Work.
Part II: WORK LIKE AN EDITOR.
EDITING THE STORY.
23. Treat Editing Like a Mystery: How to Approach a Story.
24. Edit for AP Style.
25. Edit for Grammar.
26. Edit for Spelling.
27. Edit for Punctuation.
28. Edit for Accuracy.
29. Edit for Fairness.
30. Edit for Balance.
31. Edit for Libel.
32. Tight Writing: How to Keep It Simple.
33. Trim a Story: How to Identify 10 Places to Cut.
34. Transitions: How to Change Subjects and Speakers.
35. Lively Language: Choose Strong Verbs and Avoid Clichés.
UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL DEMANDS ON THE STORY.
36. Handling Multiple Platforms and Tools: How to Consider Your Options, Smartly.
37. Digital Deadlines: 10 Tips.
38. Web Elements: 5 Cautions.
39. Ethics.
40. Taste.
PRESENTING AND SELLING THE STORY.
41. Headlines, Keywords and Metadata.
42. Points of Entry and Points of Involvement.
43. Data Visualization: Make Key Decisions Early to Show Information Clearly.
44. Photos.
45. Promos and Refers.
Part III: ACT LIKE AN EDITOR.
USING AUTHORITY RESPONSIBLY.
46. Corrections: Own Up to Mistakes.
47. Credibility: Put Yourself above Reproach.
48. Plagiarism and Fabrication: What Editors Can Do.
49. Deadline Pressure: How to Get Along in the Newsroom.
50. Keep Asking Questions.
REFERENCES.
INDEX.

What's New

  • Eight new and combined strategies help students think creatively in a world of social media, handle multiple platforms, and keep readers engaged.
  • Part One, "Think Like an Editor," includes three new strategies to help editors manage the story they want to tell.
  • Part Two, "Work Like an Editor," introduces a new section, "Understanding Special Demands on the Story," to help editors handle multiple platforms, meet digital deadlines and mine the Web with care. Another new strategy discusses how to use Data Visualization.
  • Part Three, "Act Like an Editor," includes updated examples, as well as tips for branding yourself as an editor and separating your personal and professional persona.
  • The "Think for the Web" segment has been revised and is now called "Think Digital." This revision is to encompass the new way of thinking the book emphasizes -– for not only print and online, but also for mobile devices and apps.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I can honestly say that one of the best things about this text is that it is ONE book; the other text I used had a handbook, a workbook, and an exam book."

— Reginald E. Ecarma, North Greenville University

"I will adopt the book again and again."

— Reginald E. Ecarma, North Greenville University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Steve Davis

Steve Davis has worked in newsrooms of all sizes since 1977, when he graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor of journalism, news editorial sequence. Since 1999, he has taught at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he is chair of the Department of Newspaper and Online Journalism. Steve's 30-year career in newsrooms and classrooms has covered these stops: "Clarion-Ledger" in Jackson, MS; "Democrat and Chronicle", Rochester, NY; "Gannett New Media", Rosslyn, VA; "USA TODAY", Rosslyn, VA; and "Public Opinion", Chambersburg, PA. Steve has kept current with the evolving news profession by designing a professional internship, which he served for five weeks at USA TODAY, and through multimedia training. Steve also is co-author of "Click on Democracy: The Internet's Power to Change Political Apathy into Civic Action," an examination of how everyday Americans employed online tools to influence and participate in the 2000 presidential election. Steve teaches reporting and writing for multiple platforms. He has traveled extensively with students to South Africa and Liberia to give them global experiences. Students produced multimedia stories from their trips. Steve also directed the News21 program at the Newhouse School for two years, in which students traveled around the country to produce their multimedia stories.

Emilie Davis

Emilie Davis is an adjunct professor in the Department of Newspaper and Online Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She returned to Syracuse, her hometown, in 1999, after a 17-year career in these newsrooms: "Democrat and Chronicle", Rochester, NY; "Gannett New Media", Rosslyn, VA; and "Gannett News Service", Rosslyn, VA. At the Newhouse School, Emilie teaches beginning and advanced editing courses, multimedia storytelling, and an internship practicum in which students work at professional news organizations during the semester. She also teaches a six-week summer "boot camp" news writing and reporting course for incoming graduate students majoring in the magazine-newspaper-online and arts journalism programs. Emilie has relied on multimedia training to keep current with the news profession.