Strategic Copy Editing

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Guilford Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 280 pages
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This pragmatic text helps students master the craft of copy editing--including both the editing skills and the "people skills" essential to professional success. Experienced newspaper copy editor and professor John Russial covers the fundamentals and more: how to edit for grammar, punctuation, usage, and style; attend to broader issues of fairness and focus; develop strong headlines and other display elements; and work collaboratively with reporters, other editors, and designers. Special attention is given to the copy editor's role as critical thinker and coach as well as resident wordsmith. Throughout, proven editing strategies are explained and numerous concrete examples and practical tips offered.
 

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Contents

Introduction What Do Copy Editors Do?
1
Mechanics The Nuts and Bolts
10
Accuracy
34
Precision and Language
47
Logic and Form
73
Fairness and Legality
95
Working with People
110
Introduction to Display Type
134
Other Display Elements
191
Words and Images Together
212
Page Design
224
The Future of Copy Editing
252
Pursuing Excellence
262
Notes
268
Index
275
About the Author
280

Headline Basics
139
Headlines The Next Level
170

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About the author (2004)

John Russial has taught editing, writing, and new media courses at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication for 11 years. He spent 17 years working for daily newspapers, the last 12 at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was Sunday copy chief. He is active in the American Copy Editors Society and occasionally leads professional workshops for copy editors and reporters. Russial has a bachelor's degree from Lehigh University, a master's from Syracuse University and a doctorate from Temple University. He studies how technology and organizational change affect copy editing and newspaper quality.

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