KEY FEATURES: The emphasis on transferrable skills and multiple platforms shows students how to use the basic principles of good editing for journalism, PR, advertising, or social media marketing. The book takes a broad approach to editing, demonstrating that it’s not just a skill for managers at newspapers, but rather an essential process for improving all aspects of published writing. This addresses a critical course challenge, in that many students don’t see the relevance of editing in their planned careers. The audience-centric method emphasizes the need to engage one’s audience in order to be a successful writer. “Helpful Hints” boxes provide easy-to-consult lists of dos and don'ts for good writing. “Thoughts From a Pro” boxes allow media professionals from a variety of backgrounds to demonstrate the essential function of the editing process in the workplace.

Law and Ethics

3 Law and ethics

Learning Objectives

After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand the rules associated with the freedom of the press, including the ability to report and publish without governmental intrusion.
  • Identify the basic standards of libel for published material and apply to that material the basic defenses against libel.
  • Apply basic fact-checking techniques to material you are editing so as to avoid being burned by poor reporting.
  • Understand the four tenets of the Ollman test, which distinguishes opinion from fact, and apply them to a piece of copy.
  • Identify the primary ways in which a journalist can invade someone’s privacy and outline ways in which you can prevent these situations from occurring as an editor.
  • Understand the ways in which copyright protects intellectual property ...
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