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News And Mag Editing Basics

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1. Lists (step-by-step; recipes are SJ) - Subheads - Blurbs - Sidebars and boxes - Charts and graphics






2. Credibility by telling exactly what witnesses see - experts say - etc. - Enliven and dramatize - Reveal personality






3. Coordinating conjunctions






4. They are direct (chance for sources to connect w/ readers) - They are nuanced (spokesmen say things particularly)






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






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






7. Appear outside body copy with the title - deck or subhead






8. Publisher/Manager






9. Single words or short phrases. Avoid these because whole sentences are more readable.






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






11. 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






12. Why are accuracy problems magnified at the local level?






13. Subordinating conjunctions






14. Agenda Setting (sets the agenda) - Gatekeeping - Watchdog - Verification - Marketplace of Ideas - Mobilizers -Public journalism - Developmental journalism






15. Managing editor






16. Reputation is...






17. Concept - Structure - Reporting - Style (creativity) - Presentation - Was it worth saying? Is there relevance/timeliness?






18. Internal - External - Both provide entry points to story






19. When are relative pronouns like who used?






20. 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






21. When is 'which' used?






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






23. What's the best defense against libel?






24. Public editor






25. Where should attribution go?






26. Speak to communites joined by beliefs and interests - not geography.






27. What's the order for attribution?






28. Popular way of organizing news sotries with the most important info at the top of the sotry - followed by supporting details.






29. Absolute privilege






30. Label - such as "contents" (Table is in design aspect only) - Logo - Slogan - Historical reference - Date of publication - Listing of editorial staff - Associate affiliations - Masthead (Post Office info - etc.)






31. Collective noun






32. What are the 5 key tests of libel?






33. Cover = store front - TOC = menu - FOB = appetizer - Feature = entree - BOB = dessert






34. 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






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






36. Policy on accusers in sex crimes






37. Hypen






38. Control Ethnocentrism (your own country and culture is better than others) - Altruistic Democracy: politicians should serve the public good not own interests - Responsible Capitalism: open competition among business will create better world - Small-t






39. When is 'whom/whomever' used?






40. Basic format (colors; yellow border on Nat Geo) - Logo and ancillary info (tagline [i.e. GQ Look smart - Live sharp] - price - vol # - issue date) - Illustration (in a generic sense - any kind of art or visual) - Cover lines ("sell lines -" "cover bl






41. Fair use






42. Damages






43. Where do commas and periods go in quotes?






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






45. Teaser headlines to shock buyers - usually use numbers to suggest value






46. Never change anything in direct quotes from a printed source - Always attribute direct quotes from a printed source - Place [sic] immediately following an error from a printed source (Not style - purely factual errors; sic means thus - that's how you






47. Audiences respond to these words because they convey a precise relationship to their concepts- words like office rather than facility.






48. Correlative conjunctions






49. Basic ideals editors must adhere to






50. Steps in the editing process