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Copycrafting

Editing for Journalism Today

Kenneth Rosenauer

Publication Date - July 2013

ISBN: 9780199763658

400 pages
Paperback
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

A concise copyediting worktext that provides more examples, exercises and accessible AP style lessons than any other book on the market

Description

From newspapers to Twitter®, the media's ability to deliver news and interact with audiences is constantly changing. In Copycrafting, author Kenneth Rosenauer provides aspiring journalists and copyeditors with the essential tools for delivering content effectively and correctly, regardless of the media platform. More than just the basics of copyediting and AP style, this complete package provides a wealth of examples and exercises for practice. This allows students to actively learn the editing skills that they will need to flourish in the constantly evolving media landscape.

Features
* Excellent coverage of AP style with explanations and examples
* Tips on writing headlines, editing problem leads, editing images and designing pages
* Stories for students to edit
* An Appendix that contains a directory for students to consult as they complete the exercises
* A Solutions Manual with corrected versions of every exercise in the book, available to instructors on the Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/rosenauer)

About the Author(s)

Kenneth Rosenauer is Professor of Journalism and English at Missouri Western State University. He is a former newspaper editor and reporter. He is coauthor with Vincent Filak of The Journalist's Handbook for Online Editing (2013) and author of Storycrafting: A Process Approach to Writing News (2004).

Reviews

"Copycrafting provides the most relevant AP style issues and shapes them into an easily digestible package for students. The practical elements of this book, in terms of its content and exercises, make it a great choice for a journalism-editing class."--Nicole Kraft, The Ohio State University

"Copycrafting offers a sound foundation in editing basics with excellent, updated exercises that provide students with solid practice opportunities."--Carolyn Lepre, Marist College

Table of Contents

    PART 1. The Basics
    1. The Role of the Copy Editor
    What Copy Editors Do
    Check Facts and Figures for Accuracy
    Check Style for Consistency With Associated Press and House Guidelines
    Review Stories for Potential Legal and Ethical Problems and Resolve Them
    Cut, Add, Replace or Rearrange Words, Sentences and Paragraphs
    Check for Focus, Readability and Organization
    Work Closely and Creatively With Reporters
    Write Effective and Appropriate Headlines
    Traits of Good Copy Editors
    Strong Grounding in Basic Skills
    Attention to Detail
    Love of the Written-or Spoken-Word
    Curiosity
    Creativity
    Familiarity With and Knowledge of Particular Media
    Newsroom Organization and Copy Flow
    2. Editing Content
    Three C's: Clarity, Conciseness and Correctness
    Clarity
    Conciseness
    Correctness
    Leads
    The Body and Organization
    Questions to Consider
    Inverted Pyramid
    Other Story Formats
    Finishing Up
    3. Copy Editing for Print and Online
    Characteristics of Print Stories Versus Online Stories
    Being Aware of Search Engine Optimization
    Editing Approaches to Print and Online
    ONLINE INSIGHTS: Using Google Trends
    Editing Hardcopy Versus On-Screen
    Copy Editing Marks
    4. Legal, Ethical and Inclusive-Language Concerns for Copy Editors
    Distinguishing Between Law, Morals and Ethics
    Legal Concerns-Libel
    ONLINE INSIGHTS: Copyright
    Legal concerns-Privacy
    ONLINE INSIGHTS: SOPA, PIPA and Dealing With Piracy
    Ethical Concerns-Codes of Conduct
    Ethical Concerns-Diversity
    PART 2. AP Style
    5. Abbreviations and Acronyms
    Academic Degrees
    Addresses
    Months
    Organizations
    State Names
    Text Messaging
    Titles
    Political Parties
    Others
    Exercises
    6. Capitalization
    Addresses
    Agencies
    Buildings
    Compositions-Names of Books, Movies, Television Programs and Other Works
    Congress
    Constitution
    Department
    Directions and Regions
    Fields of Study
    Foods
    Heavenly Bodies
    Historical Periods and Events
    Indians
    Legislature
    Online References
    Plurals
    Political Parties
    Religious References
    Room
    Seasons
    Time
    Titles
    Other Entries of Interest
    Exercises
    7. Numerals
    Exceptions to Less-Than-10 Rule
    Numbers Beginning Sentences
    Fractions
    Millions, Billions
    Ordinal and Cardinal Numbers
    ONLINE INSIGHTS: "Google it"
    Math and Conversions for Editors
    Percentages and Decimals
    Averages
    Distance, Time and Rate
    Area Measurements
    Exercises
    8. Plurals
    For Most Words
    For Words Ending in -ch, -s, -sh, -ss, -x and -z
    For Words Ending in -is
    For Words Ending in -y
    For Words Ending in -o
    For Words Ending in -f
    For Words With Latin Endings
    For Compound Words
    For Proper Names
    Others
    Exercises
    9. Commonly Misspelled and Misused Words
    Exercises
    10. Titles
    The Golden Rule of Title Capitalization
    Abbreviating Titles
    Government Officials
    Past and Future Titles
    Long Titles
    Doctor
    Legislative Titles
    Party Affiliation
    Religious Titles
    Royal Titles and Titles of Nobility
    Composition Titles-Names of Books, Movies and Other Works
    Television Program Titles
    Exercises
    11. AP Potpourri
    Potpourri
    Inclusive Language
    ONLINE INSIGHTS -- Online Terms for Editors
    Exercises
    12. Style Mastery
    Exercises
    PART 3. Punctuation and Usage
    13. Commas
    Compound Sentences
    Elements in a Series
    Other Series
    Introductory Elements
    Interrupting Elements
    Attribution
    Large Numbers
    Beyond the Rules
    Exercises
    14. Semicolons and Colons
    Semicolons-Independent Clauses (Complete Sentences) Joined Without
    Coordinating Conjunctions
    Semicolons-Elements in Series That Have Commas
    Colons-Introduction of Lists
    Colons-Separations for Explanations, Rules or Examples From Preceding
    Independent Clauses (Full Sentences)
    Other Uses
    Exercises
    15. Apostrophes
    Possessives
    Contractions
    Single Letters
    Figures
    Double Possessives
    Omitted Letters or Figures
    Descriptive Phrases
    Plural Words
    Special Expressions
    Exercises
    16. Quotation Marks, Question Marks and Exclamation Points
    Quotation Marks-With Other Punctuation
    Quotation Marks-For Direct Quotations
    Quotation Marks-With Composition Titles
    Quotation Marks-With Nicknames, Irony and Unfamiliar Terms
    Question Marks
    Exclamation Points
    Exercises
    17. Hyphens, Dashes, Ellipses And Parentheses
    Hyphens-Compound Modifiers
    Hyphens-Prefixes
    Hyphens-Suffixes
    Hyphens-Ratios and Odds
    Hyphens-Fractions
    Hyphens-Scores and Vote Tabulations
    Hyphens-Other
    Dashes-Abrupt Change
    Dashes-Series Within a Phrase
    Dashes-Other
    Ellipses
    Parentheses
    Exercises
    18. Irregular Verbs
    To Lay or To Lie
    To Raise or To Rise
    To Set or To Sit
    Irregular Verb List
    Exercises
    19. Problem Pronouns
    That and Which
    Who/Whom and Whoever/Whomever
    Who's andWhose
    There, Their and They're
    Exercises
    20. Prepositions
    Unnecessary Prepositions
    Wordy Prepositions
    Idiomatic Use of Prepositions
    Exercises
    21. Agreement
    Subject-Verb Agreement
    Pronoun Agreement
    Exercises
    22. Wordiness
    There Is/There Are and It Is Sentences
    Form of the Verb To Be as the Main Verb
    Nominalization
    Redundancies
    Circumlocutions
    Empty Phrases and Words
    Clichés
    Euphemisms
    ONLINE INSIGHTS: Editing Blog Posts
    Passive Voice
    Exercises
    23. Punctuation and Usage Mastery
    Exercises
    PART 4. Leads, Headlines, Images, Design and the Full Story
    24. Leads
    No-News Leads
    Buried Leads
    Too Long Leads
    Passive Leads
    Definition Leads
    Direct Quotation Leads
    Question Leads
    Cliché Leads
    Weak Beginnings
    The When
    Attribution
    There Is/There Are
    Exercises
    25. Headlines
    The Tradition of Headline Writing
    First Step
    Traditional Headline Rules
    Traditional Headline Types
    Headline Do's
    Headline Don'ts
    Headline Tips
    Accurate, Interesting, Appropriate and Effective Headlines
    Examples of Winning Headlines
    Some Additional Headline Advice
    Column Measures
    ONLINE INSIGHTS > Web Page Headline Tips
    Using Microsoft Word to Write Headlines
    Exercises
    26. Images
    Working With Photographers and Graphic Artists
    Selecting Images
    Photographs
    Graphics
    Understanding Composition
    Rule of Thirds
    Balance
    Contrast
    Lines
    Perspective
    Format
    ONLINE INSIGHTS: Free Online Photo Editing Tools
    Preparing Images
    Cropping
    Sizing
    ONLINE INSIGHTS: Preparing Photos for the Web
    Adjusting
    Sharpening
    Writing Captions
    Exercises
    27. Design
    Design Principles
    Balance
    Proximity
    Alignment
    Repetition
    Contrast
    Dominance
    Unity
    Typography
    Font Choices
    Display and Body Type
    Type Guidelines
    Images
    Photographs
    Graphics
    Designing Print Pages
    Designing Online Pages
    ONLINE INSIGHTS: Web Page Editing Tips
    Exercise
    28. The Full Story
    Exercises
    PART 5. Appendix
    Appendix
    Heartland Directory
    Online Editing Resources
    Irregular Verb List
    Common Clichés List