Editors must go beyond mechanics — style, grammar and usage — and think about the big picture as they edit a story. Ask yourself these questions as you read each article (and make sure there is a clear answer for each question):

  • Why is this story being published?
  • What is the point of this story or project?
  • Does the structure make sense?
  • Does it have a clear beginning, middle and end?
  • Is the premise of the piece supported?
  • Do all parts of a package — headline, photos, graphics — work together?

Taken from Fundamentals of Editing, a self-directed course by Andy Bechtel, Lisa McLendon and Sue Burzynski Bullard at Poynter NewsU

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