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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.

Editorial Triage
Editorial Triage

In many emergency rooms, patients’ initial contact is with a triage station. That is the point where workers assess the urgency of their injuries or illnesses. Those in more serious condition get moved to the head of the line, while others get to read decades-old magazines for hours on end.

While it’s rare – but not unheard of – for an editor to receive copy in critical condition, another form of triage is often mentioned in newsrooms. In this case, editorial triage refers to the fact that in some cases material arrives so close to deadline that the editor cannot possibly do a thorough job. So the editor has to use a strategy designed to catch the most serious problems in the ...

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