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News And Mag Editing Basics

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1. Emerging style for journalism on local communities.






2. When is 'which' used?






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






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






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






6. Titles should promise...






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






8. 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






9. Why should you use quotes?






10. Style






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






12. More historical context and common ground for opposing views.






13. Story budget






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






15. Grammar






16. 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






17. Qualified privilege






18. When is 'that' used?






19. 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






20. 'Totally demolished' is an example of this. This diminishes the conciseness and clarity of writing.






21. When is 'who/whoever' used?






22. 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






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 Label - such as "contents" (Table is in design aspect only) - Logo - Slogan - Historical reference - Date of publication - Listing of editorial staff - Associate affiliations - Masthead (Post Office info - etc.)






24. Usually preferable in news writing because it usually requires fewer wrods and makes it clear who is doing what to whom.






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






26. 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






27. Web blog or Journal style






28. Actual malice






29. 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






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






31. When should the time element appear?






32. 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






33. Fair use






34. Public editor






35. Write a caption for every photo (except studio shots) - Write sentences - Write in the present tense - active voice (on first sentence) - Place captions under the photos - Don't state the obvious - Write more than one line - Make the last line count






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






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






38. Whites will soon make up...






39. Reputation is...






40. 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.






41. Subordinating conjunctions






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






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






44. 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






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






46. Absolute privilege






47. What word should be used in attribution?






48. A personal story rather than general.






49. Basic situations in Invasion of privacy






50. Web sites must be easy to...