Higher Education

Creative Editing, 6th Edition

  • Dorothy A. Bowles University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Diane L. Borden San Diego State University
  • ISBN-10: 1439082693  |  ISBN-13: 9781439082690
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2000
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $201.75
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CREATIVE EDITING has been consistently praised by reviewers for its comprehensive coverage, excellent organization, and contemporary content. The Sixth Edition continues to live up to this reputation through consistent presentation, reinforcement, and practical application of editing concepts. The book covers all aspects of editing for print and online media, and provides ample practice exercises for students to perfect the principles they are learning. Beginning with basic language skills, the authors guide the reader through every phase of a professional copy editor's job. The book's practical combined textbook and workbook approach provides a good framework that encourages students to practice their skills as they learn.

Features and Benefits

  • The unique all-in-one text and workbook approach continually reinforces editing concepts and allows students to apply them immediately for optimal learning.
  • Comprehensive coverage of basic grammar and punctuation, story editing, headline writing, typography, legal issues, journalism ethics, editing for public relations, layout and design make this book a leader in the field.
  • The implications of legal and ethical issues related to editing are clearly discussed in Chapters 6 and 7, including discussions about media credibility, illustrated by several case studies of recent incidences of ethical lapses by journalists at major media companies.
  • Chapter 2, "Using Correct Grammar and Punctuation," provides students with a complete guide to grammar and punctuation with clear examples and helpful exercises. Grammar and punctuation concepts and tips are incorporated throughout to help students who need additional help in these areas.
  • Chapter 5, "Checking Facts," teaches students how to find information in both printed and electronic versions of standard reference works, and shows them how to use Internet search tools, discussion groups, and other online resources, to assist in research work.

Table of Contents

1. The Copy Editor's Role.
2. Using Correct Grammar and Punctuation.
3. Consistent Style and Correct Words.
4. Checking Facts.
5. Editing Stories.
6. Legal Concerns.
7. Editing and Ethics.
8. Typography.
9. Writing Headlines.
10. Editing Pictures and Infographics.
11. Design and Layout.

What's New

  • Expanded coverage of online editing and web layout and design keeps students up-to-date with the latest editing methods for new mediums.
  • Expanded coverage of content editing makes this text an even more valuable reference for students and writers.
  • New examples of creative headline writing focus on President Obama's election and subsequent media reaction around the country.


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Online Answer Key  (ISBN-10: 0495810312 | ISBN-13: 9780495810315)

Online access to the answer key for the workbook included in the book.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dorothy A. Bowles

Dorothy A. Bowles is a Journalism Professor at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches courses in editing, political communications, and communications law and ethics. She previously taught editing and law for nine years at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. She has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana. She has also worked in corporate and school public relations.

Diane L. Borden

Diane L. Borden joined the School of Communication at San Diego State University in August 1998 and was named Executive Assistant to SDSU President Stephen L. Weber in July 2001. Prior to joining the president's office, Dr. Borden taught mass communication law and theory as well as courses in journalism. She continues to teach a graduate seminar in first amendment law each spring. She has also served as the project director for the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), where she was responsible for the administration of more than $1.5 million in grant projects. She came to academe after a lengthy career in professional journalism, including 10 year tenure with Gannett Co. Inc., during which time she worked as an editor and publisher in a variety of media markets.