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Writing and Editing

Ten Guidelines for Writing the News

Keep these ten quick rules in mind as you sit down to write your story.

Leanne Waxman | June 27, 2008

Writing Guidelines

Here are some basic writing guidelines from Skip Issacs, a former reporter, foreign and Washington correspondent, and editor for The Baltimore Sun.

Skip Isaacs | June 27, 2008

Writing Clearly on Deadline

Need to file a story on a tight deadline? Keep these tips in mind.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

Copy Editing

At some newspapers, they call them copy editors; at others, sub-editors or "subs." At small operations, the chief editor often has to do everything: assign stories, edit the copy, write the headlines, choose and crop the photos, write the captions, lay out the pages (and perhaps eat lunch!).

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

The Heart of the Sentence

The writer's basic tool is the sentence. But it, in turn, rests on an even more fundamental unit.

Jack Hart | June 27, 2008

For writers, it's just a matter of time

Reporters never will have enough time to work on all the story ideas or turn in absolutely perfectly polished prose on deadline. They might as well acknowledge that fact and pay more attention to the other factors in their work they can control.

Mary Glick, American Press Institute | June 27, 2008

Developing Story Ideas - Advice for Editors

Reporters and editors are partners in developing story ideas...

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

Make Every Word Count

Reporters and editors everywhere battle and complain over length of stories. Good reporters always gather more interesting and important information than they can use in their stories. Good editors always have more good stories, photographs and graphics than they have space. With space at a premium in news today, you need to make every word count in your stories. However long your editors let you write, you need to hone your ability to organize information and write tight stories that make every word count.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

The Craft of Copy Editing

Too often copy editors and reporters are viewed as adversaries rather than collaborators. The best copy editors work with reporters to improve their stories and ensure accuracy.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

The One-Minute Editor

The One-Minute (OK, Maybe 5-Minute) Editor: Working effectively with reporters when you don't have time to brainstorm.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

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