Fundamentals of Editing

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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    Vicki Krueger

    Vicki Krueger has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 20 years in roles from editor to director of interactive learning and her current position as marketing communications manager.

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