Post your answers to the question about editing blogs here if you are in the p.m. class
The editing blog I thought would make a welcome addition to the class website is one called Talk Wordy to Me. It features words of the day, references to peculiar articles written about pop culture phenomena, and overall, celebrates the odd and interesting idiosyncrasies of the English language. More specifically, there’s even a draft of President FDR’s famous address to Congress after the attack on Pearl Harbor, which is covered with editing marks – something I find fascinating. Furthermore, there are blurbs from other bloggers or friends of the creator that offer interesting tidbits (one of the most appealing is about Lady Gaga) and even weekly quizzes, which test your knowledge of strange words in relation to other strange words.
While it may not help one write a story or even help them correctly edit it, Talk Wordy to Me can instill in young writers and editors a solid interest in words. The blog tries to foster a relationship between journalists and editors with words of an odd, or otherwise intriguing nature, which is why it may be of interest to all students in our class.
Brian White, a self-proclaimed “word nerd” and a copy editor at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., puts Talk Wordy to Me together. Before working in Louisville, White spent time at the Detroit Free Press, St. Petersburg Times and Daily News In Bowling Green, Ky.
Check out Talk Wordy to Me here:
I found a blog called “Words Between the Spaces: A Copy Editor’s Blog.” The blog, run by a man named David (no last name is given that I can find) who works as a full-time copy editor. The reason I think this blog should be added to the class blog is that I found almost all of the posts to be interesting and even useful. The majority of posts on the blog consist of instances of one word “vs” another. For example, “soccer vs football” (as per the European idea of football), “douche bag vs douchebag,” and “nauseous vs nauseated.” The writing style is often entertaining but retains an educational style throughout.
While reading several of the posts, I found myself thinking, “I think I’ve always wondered about this but probably never would have thought about it consciously.” It is precisely this aspect of the nature of the posts that attracted me to this blog over others. I think that people always enjoy reading something that teaches them something they didn’t expect to learn.
David blog, “Words Between the Spaces” can be found here:
With today’s hyper active Internet, it is important for journalists, especially editors to know how to use it to their advantage. The Foot in Mouth blog, footinmouthdisease.net, focuses on making the internet more accessible and gives tips to those who need to master the internet.
While the blog mainly aims to educate businesses on how to master making their web site’s accessible, it’s also a great resource for journalists. With the media industry in a downward slum, editors need to master the Internet in order to market their publications. On August 10, they blogged about Time Saving FREE Keyword Research Tool which basically helps create key words. For editors, especially online copy editors, this tool is useful because it helps them create headlines that will pop up first in a search engine. Tools help editors get their content noticed.
Editors can no longer only edit print content, which means they have to become knowledgeable in the workings of the Internet and how they can market stories. At the end of the day, journalism is a business. Our stories are our products, and it will the jobs of editors to make sure those stories are properly marketed online and Foot in Mouth is a good resource to learn the up-to-date inner workings of the Internet.
The rest of the world has benefited from the Internet and the high speed transfer of knowledge, but journalists haven’t funny realized the potential the Internet has as a resource to breath life back into the industry and as a source of revenue. As the future generation of journalists, we have to understand how the internet works, so we can decide how to utilize it.
I think the blog “Words at Work” would be helpful because it uses examples that that author Pam Robinson, former editor for the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post news service and co-founder of ACES. It gives tips on editing by using recent news stories and a lot of them are entertaining. This makes it more interesting to learn about editing. She posts videos and funny mistakes that have been made and she talks about why its wrong.
Common Sense Journalism is a blog that addresses the challenges editors face as journalism evolves. The blog’s author, Doug Fisher, approaches editing from multiple angles; the website’s content ranges from common grammar mistakes to ethical dilemmas and even to Web design. He also provides analysis on the future of the newsroom and commentary on current issues in the world of journalism. The blog is a one-stop-shop; it reviews common grammar mistakes, emphasizes the importance of editors, provides thoughtful insight into the future of journalism, and evaluates other editing and grammar websites.
Doug Fisher, a former news editor for the Associated Press, currently teaches journalism at the University of South Carolina. He is also the executive editor of the Convergence Newsletter and founded the Hartsville Today community news project.
The blog that I selected is “Mighty Red Pen”. There is no name given for the author, but she is a writer and editor with more than 12 years of experience. I thought this blog was worthwhile for a few reasons. The first was that it wasn’t a series of long posts that were sometimes just an article that they could simply post a link to, as I found on some other blogs. This blog has short posts about simple mistakes in grammar that people can make every day and points out mistakes made in publications. It also has fun things like “The Apostrophe Song” and “Grammar School with Snooki”. The author also has a twitter about words and grammar. This is the link: http://mightyredpen.wordpress.com/
The blog I found most interesting after searching was the “The Blogslot”. I found the posts to be entertaining, think it could be better if the posts were more frequent. The author of the site is Bill Walsh, he is currently the chief of the night desk for the Washington Post. The topics or things he chose to blog about he made interesting with his commentary. To check out the blog the link to the site is: http://theslot.blogspot.com/
The blog I chose to share with the class is the Ask the Editor blog on the AP web site. This blog lets anyone who is unsure of the exact meaning of something in the stylebook or needs help on something not covered in the stylebook ask AP editor David Minthorn what the correct answer is. The only downside to this blog is that to see the full archive of 8,193 questions you must be a subscriber. This costs $25 a year. By being a subscriber, however, you get to submit questions to Ask the Editor and view previously asked questions by categories. There are a wide variety of questions that have been asked, and the web site lets you see all Ask the Editor questions from the past week for free. Questions range from abbreviations to capitalization to figures to numerals and beyond.
I think that the editing blog, “Grammarphobia” is a good one for the class to know, because of the style in which it is written. The authors are Pat O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman. They met while working as editors for The New York Times. They were married in 1998 and now write books, produce this blog and write occasional articles for the Times. The reason I chose this blog is because of the style in which it is presented. The authors answer real questions from readers with each entry. This method is nice because it means that the authors are really aware of the common blunders in language, that not only reporters may make, but the population as a whole as well. Because people ask them questions about everyday language, the answers are explained in very simple terms, and go straight to the point. The efficiency and ease of the blog are helpful for the reader. http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/
The Triangle Grammar Guide blog would be a good edition to the class blog. This particular blog grabbed my attention because I often feel that grammar and word choice are weaknesses of mine.
In the blog, Pam Nelson writes about the common mistakes reporters and editors make in regards to word choice and grammar. It would be a useful tool for the class because students can see what confuses the professionals, while learning from their mistakes. In her latest blog, Nelson created a grammar quiz. This is an excellent way for Nelson to engage her readers as well as increase their knowledge of grammar.
Pam Nelson has had a career in journalism since 1976. Nelson also began to teach college classes in copy editing, grammar and usage. She explains in her blog that she created the site to serve as a free online grammar class. I would feel comfortable and confident in using her site as a grammar source because of her years of experience in writing and editing.
Although only a blog by one editor http://copyeditingcorner.blogspot.com/ contains lots of helpful info. The writer, Mike, gives what he calls “infrequent series of posts that explore the basics of copy editing.” Much of this material is the same as what is covered in our editing class, and therefore worth a look.
But I’m a little leary as the site is not accreddited and is only made by one person. So proceed with caution.
The copy editing blog I selected is A Capital Idea, run by Nicole Stockdale, a copy editor at the Dallas Morning News. Stockdale posts “periodically”; the most recent post she left was in April of 2009 but she covers interesting, newsworthy issues of grammar, punctuation and editing. For example, on her blog I found a post about the Washington Nationals wearing uniforms which misspelled their team’s name, and a post analyzing issues of That vs. Which, Who vs. Whom, Due to vs. Because of, and more. The blog’s archives go back as far as 2003 and Stockdale includes links to word games and Editing Tools. Not only is this an entertaining and casually written blog, it could prove very useful for any students who stumble upon it.
The blog I seemed to enjoy the most was Bill Walsh’s–Copy Chief of the Washington Post–copy editing blog titled “BlogSlot”. It is a blog periodically updated with oft-anecdotal stories helping to bring attention to a wide variety of copy editing issues.
The blog itself isn’t updated horribly often, but the posts themselves are entertaining and informing, which is my own personal favorite style of educational blog. Walsh occasionally posts the front page of a newspaper–often times USA Today–and Magazines such as Time and Newsweek, and points out flaws made on the page, and the correct usage of whatever it may be that was done incorrectly. He also delves into pop-culture by talking about the propor use of capitalization in music reviews, when on the album cover the text is not capitalized incorrectly, this bothers him as he says that one must always capitalize proper nouns and that design editors do what they do–that being, make whatever they’re working on LOOK good.
Walsh has over 30 years of copy-editing experience and has worked at such publications as the Washington Post, The Washington Times and the Phoenix Gazette. He made his blog to help educate copy-editors on a variety of issues that he finds to be important throughout everyday life.
I found Hoyt’s article interesting for a few different reasons. I rarely thought about the errors news agencies committed because I always assumed they were all accidental slip-ups that made it past the editor’s eyes as well. I never realized all the effor that goes into maintaining such acute accuracy. Nor did I realize all the effort that people invest in scrutinizing such accuracy. “Many Times readers do get offended and irate over style issues like this one.” If only I could afford such time to critique such minor errors, but if I did I’d direct my attention elsewhere anyway.
As I noted earlier, such errors seem minor, but I fully understand the need to be accurate and consistent in the media. Such perfect accuracy is required when writing about sensitive areas like dwarfism, as discussed in the article. The times have changed and it is imperitive that writers use the correct terminology, and the AP Style was designed for that specific reason, among others.
The Q and A with Dave Minthorn was also quite interesting because reading these answers from one of the people who edit the AP Stylebook allows for some perspective. I found the process of editing/adding new entries into the AP style very interesting. Previously, I never thought about how the style has had to continuously change and adapt to our world.
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