Editing and AP Style
What Do Different Kinds of Editors Do?
Just as the military has a chain of command, newspapers have a hierarchy of editors responsible for various aspects of the operation. See what different kinds of editors do in the newsroom.
An Editor's Checklist: Micro and Macro Editing
Things to Make Sure You Cover When Editing Any News Story
An Assignment Editor's Checklist
A Checklist for Editors Dealing Directly With Reporters
A Copy Editor's Checklist
Things to Watch for When Copy Editing the News
Cut Unnecessary Words From Every Sentence
A "Before and After" View of Sentences That Have Been Cut
Exercises in Cutting Unnecessary Words
See How Short You Can Make These Sentences
Long, Complex Words vs. Shorter, Simpler Ones
Complex words vs. simple words
Keep it Short And To The Point
Writing Tight - Newswriting - Writing Tight
Edit the following stories for grammar, punctuation, AP style, spelling and content. If you have any questions about the story, put them in the form of an editor's note at the bottom of the story. Want to know how you did? Show them to your journalism instructor. Journalism instructors, feel free to use these exercises for your classes.
Write Great Headlines
You can churn out the greatest article ever written, but if it doesn't have an attention-grabbing headline to get people to read it, what's the point? Whether you're at a newspaper or blogging from home, a great headline (or "hed") will always get more eyeballs scanning your copy. Here are some tips.
One of the first things a student in a beginning journalism course learns about is Associated Press style, or AP style for short. AP style is simply a standardized way of writing everything from dates to street addresses to job titles.
The Basics of Associated Press Style
One of the first things a journalism student learns about is Associated Press style, or AP style for short. AP style is simply a standardized way of writing everything from dates to street addresses to job titles.
Tips for Learning AP Style
Associated Press Style - Tips for Learning AP Style
AP Style Quiz 8
Associated Press Style - AP Style Quiz 8
Associated Press Style Quiz 9
Associated Press Style Quiz Nine
AP Style Quiz 10
Associated Press Style - AP Style Quiz 10
Working Journalist: Bill Reed
On the job as travel editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer