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Editing skills prove valuable in all kinds of jobs

May 3, 2018 Leave a comment

Whatever kind of journalist you aspire to be – reporter, photojournalist, designer, multimedia producer, broadcaster or editor – you’ll need to develop editing skills to succeed.

Editors work for all kinds of organizations on many different platforms (print, broadcast, Web, mobile). The goal of editing is clarity, regardless of platform. Editors help readers navigate through information by distilling messages. Editors work for small and large newspapers, broadcast outlets, magazines, book publishers and newsletters. They hold communication jobs for corporate, academic and nonprofit organizations. Editing skills are valued in public relations and advertising. Regardless of where they work, editors increasingly are responsible for work published on the Web.

Since 2011, beginning editing students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln interviewed editors from a variety of places to ask them about their jobs, their advice for journalism students and their insight into how journalism is changing. Although the editors the students chose worked in many different jobs, many editors offered similar suggestions.

Their advice included: Read all different kinds of writing, master the basics of usage and grammar, get internships and college publication experience, learn the Web and new technologies, and be open-minded about the future.

Click on the links below to read their reports:

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Posting your final project

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Click on this link to post your final project to the blog. Remember to save as a draft. Do not publish.

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Coach Joe Paterno dies: You be the editor

January 22, 2012 2 comments

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When Joe Paterno died on a Sunday morning in 2012, it was news across the country.

Reporters and editors had to make many decisions including:

  • How high up in the story should the Penn State sex abuse scandal and his 2011 firing be mentioned?
  • How should he be described in the headline: Was he the legendary coach, the fired coach or the disgraced coach?

Look at the headlines and the tops of the stories in the slideshow I’ve posted. And read the complete stories I’ve linked to below. Pay particular attention to where in the story the scandal is mentioned. You’ll notice it varies from first graph to sixth or seventh graph in some cases.

Associated Press

The Daily Collegian

Philadelphia Inquirer

New York Times

Washington Post

Los Angeles Times

  1. Do you think the location of the news outlet (New York vs. Pennsyvlania, for instance)  or the nature of the news outlet (student paper vs. sports outlet, for instance) played a role in the editors’ decisions? In what way, did geography or the nature of the news outlet affect news judgment decisions.
  2. How much of a role should geography play in news judgment decisions? Be specific in your answer.
  3. If you had been writing or editing the story and writing the headline, what would you have done? Why?

Answer your questions thoroughly in no more than two pages.  Submit answers as directed by your instructor.

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Patch editor talks about Web editing and what how it differs from print

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By Frannie Sprouls
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Oakdale Patch editor Patty Busse talks about the differences between editing on the Web and in print. To some extent, she said, editors need to change the way they write. Short posts work better on the Web.

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Online editor: ‘Every editor needs to think about the website more’

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

By Emily Walkenhorst
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Zach Pluhacek has been the online editor of the Lincoln Journal Star for three months. He had worked as a reporter for the newspaper. In this video, he talks about his view of the future of online editing.

Here’s how to post your final project

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment
This is how you post to the class blog. If you get stuck, follow this tutorial.  
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Clear, clever headlines pull readers into stories

October 23, 2011 2 comments

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Headlines matter The Omaha World-Herald headlines pictured in this post were national contest winners last year, winning praise from the American Copy Editors Society. Do they make you want to know more about the stories?

Most readers skim newspapers reading only the stories that quickly grab their interest. They may decide whether to buy the paper based on a quick scan of the headlines peeking out from a newsstand or news rack. Most readers spend only seconds online before they decide whether to click on a story or turn to a different website. The importance of good headlines can’t be overestimated.

Headlines should:

  • Be clear.
  • Be fair.
  • Be specific.
  • Be interesting.

To learn how to write good headlines,  read  Ten Tips for Writing Headlines. Then scan a news website or a newspaper page. Find two headlines that made you want to read the stories. Tell me what the headlines said, briefly what the stories are about and why you liked the headlines. Post your answers before the beginning of class on Wednesday,  Oct. 26, in the comments section below for your class.

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