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" runs in length from two to six pages, which makes content easy to find for both students and professors. The text combines an examination of depth of content--teaching students not only what to do as an editor--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. Both basic skills and advanced concepts of editing are covered.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THINK LIKE AN EDITOR.
1. An Editor's Credo.
PLANNING THE STORY.
2. 10 Steps to a Better Story: How to Work with Reporters on a Focused Plan before They Report.
3. Enterprise: How to Come Up with Good Story Ideas.
4. Spot News: How to Help Reporters React to Breaking News .
5. News Judgment: How to Decide What's Important.
6. Curiosity: How to Strengthen This Trait.
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. 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. Pace: Keep the Story Moving.
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 TWO: 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. Clichés: How to Be Original.
36. Verbs: How to Choose Strong Ones.
37. 24-Hour Local News Cycle: How to Handle It.
38. Web Elements: 5 Cautions.
PRESENTING AND SELLING THE STORY.
41. Headlines, Keywords and Metadata.
42. Points of Entry and Points of Involvement.
43. Graphics and Maps.
45. Promos and Refers.
PART THREE: 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.