• Summary
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  • Subject index

A Balanced Approach for the Modern Writer and Editor Whether working in a traditional newsroom or as a one-person blogging operation, every good writer needs to become his or her own best editor. Editing for the Digital Age provides editors and writers with the tools necessary to ensure that published material is accurate, readable, and complete. The book provides guidance in copy editing fundamentals, including correcting grammar, conforming the writing to a style guide, and revising material so that it is tightly written and clear. The text is designed for today’s digital publishing landscape and addresses the many issues writers and editors now face on a daily basis—handling legal issues such as liability, copyright, and libel; writing headlines that will attract readers; creating multimedia packages to support an article or post; and using various forms of social media to curate content and connect with audience members. Chapters focus on key areas and themes for editing in the digital age, and “Write Right” writing and grammar exercises are woven into every chapter to progressively build students’ editing skills.

Handling Matters of Ethics, Fairness, Taste and Sensitivity
Handling Matters of Ethics, Fairness, Taste and Sensitivity

The previous two chapters have covered what journalists have the right to do – or inversely, what they are prohibited from doing by law. But many situations journalists find themselves in are not so clear-cut, and they need to proceed carefully to make sure they pick the right thing to do.

Journalists in the free world are, fortunately and unfortunately, left more to their own devices in making good choices than are most professionals. Doctors, lawyers, psychiatrists and many other professionals are bound by a code of ethics. A doctor cannot perform unnecessary surgery, a lawyer cannot divulge damaging information about a client, a psychiatrist cannot have sex with patients ...

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