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News And Mag Editing Basics

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  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. Brings news to you






2. Organizing a story and related info in small linked pieces.






3. Rub within body copy (subheads and pull quotes) - Should appear on the same page or spread as the words or ideas for the blurb appear - Should appear in proper story order - Break up text and seas of gray to coax or tease reader into copy - Should fo






4. Verb forms that behave like nouns - adjectives or adverbs.






5. Design/layout editors






6. Aka refrigerator journalism - How-to; practical info - Advertisers love - Not a separate category of writing - just a different approach - Used in publishing houses like Meredith (grandfather of SJ) and Rodale






7. What's an efficient approach to copy editing?






8. Whites will soon make up...






9. What's the best defense against libel?






10. Why should you use quotes?






11. Editors must be able to idenify this in stories that can result in imnbalance or offensive langugage.






12. Has everything to do w/ branding a magazine - Sense of focus - readers - personality (MS)






13. Correlative conjunctions






14. Basic ideals editors must adhere to






15. In essence - anything from the text but the story (Title - deck - head - subhead - pull quotes - bylines - blurbs - captions - etc.) - Used to draw readers into a story - Stats reinforce display copy and visuals






16. Someone says something unique (revolutionary; news worthy) - Someone says something uniquely (colorful language) - Someone important says something important






17. Figure of speech that places a word or prhase in a fresh context to clarify or make point in a creative way. Be on your guard in usage.






18. Execution (technique - creativity - etc.)






19. What are the 5 key tests of libel?






20. Libel






21. Fair comment and criticism






22. Adapting stories from print or broadcast to the web.






23. Web sites need...






24. Local sidebars that include details like phone numbers - addresses - etc.






25. When should references to someone's heritage - gender - sexuality or disability be included?






26. Style






27. Should complement the picture - Should connect the picture to the story and get readers to read the story






28. Visual interest - cosumerism - trends - community - inspiration - twists of fate - great writing.






29. Subordinating conjunctions






30. Web sites must be easy to...






31. A linked collection of onlin bulletin boards organized into specific topics of interest or 'news groups'.






32. When paraphrasing and quotes repeat each other - redundant.






33. News values






34. Used in broadcasting. it frames a story by telling viewers and listeners what to expect.






35. Alliteration and rhyme - Allusions to books - movies and TV - Songs and music - Phrases and puns - Names become fun to play with






36. Avoid using it unless it's relevant.






37. Public editor






38. Actual malice






39. What are the standards of a copy editor?






40. Groups 'pull' you to the discussion at a shared site.






41. Shouldn't be able to put a dollar bill on a page and not see some type of blurb






42. Cut the copy (quick and to the point) - Be clear - Involve the reader ('How I' approach - 'How you' approach - 'How Jane Doe' approach) - Think useful - Think new or news - Think money






43. Executive producer






44. Essential part of credibility - Has to do with someone (not the writer or reporting) re-reporting the factual info - Magazines have more extensive fact checking than newspapers (more time for turnaround) - Fact checkers also called research editors/e






45. Aristotle's 3 questions: What does it say? - How well does it say it? - Was it worth saying? [What does it say? Is there a clear focus? Is there a point?] - Theme?






46. When are commas used?






47. Managing editor






48. Qualified privilege






49. What's the key to plural possessives?






50. Professional language that reporters are prone to use because their sources use it.