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.
Chapter 3: Getting the Facts Straight
Getting the Facts Straight
The story was amazing. Jay Forman submitted an article to Slate.com that detailed a trip on which he claimed to have gone “monkeyfishing” on an island off Florida where “A pharmaceutical company had released a bunch of rhesus monkeys... and left them to breed, thereby supplying research labs around the country with a fresh supply of experimental test subjects.”
In his 2001 article, Forman recounted a tale of “catch-and-release” fishing for the monkeys, which was apparently done just for the sport of it (the article was one of three he wrote on the subject of human vice):
Fruits were the bait of choice.... Once the bait was on the hook, I watched as the monkeyfisherman cast it onto the ...