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.
Using a Digital First approach, this is the first textbook of its kind to take a digital method while maintaining a strong focus on the fundamentals of copy editing and good writing.
Current cases and examples help students apply editing concepts to contemporary scenarios, bringing the issues to life and making them easier to understand.
Write Right sections progressively build students’ editing skills by stressing the importance of grammar and usage.
An Editor's Toolkit section in each chapter provides a wide range of resources for editors and self-editors.
Print and Online Student Exercises provide students with plenty of opportunities to practice the lessons taught in each chapter and improve their writing skills.
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsChapter 1: You, the Editor Traditional Editorsa Roles New Challenges Wrapping UpChapter 2: Choosing Content that Clicks: Publishing for Your Audience What New Publishers Can Learn from Old Media Finding a Niche Defining the Target Audience Creating a Mission Statement Deciding What to Publish Letting the Audience Lead You to Ideas Wrapping UpChapter 3: Getting the Facts Straight Common Factual Errors Myths, Hoaxes and Urban Legends Manipulation of Images and Videos Filling Holes Using Online Resources to Find and Verify Information Corrections Wrapping UpChapter 4: Polishing Writing From Writer-Centered to Audience-Centered Using the Appropriate Writing Style Offer a Unique Voice Avoiding Verbosity and Achieving Clarity Limiting Sentences to One Idea Each Wrapping UpChapter 5: This One Weird Chapter Will Help You Grab Readers Keep It Simple Make It Specific Size It Right When Itas Time for a Subhead How Print and Online Headlines Differ SEO and Why It Matters Trends in Online Headlines Captions and Cutlines Wrapping UpChapter 6: Defamation Defining Defamation Journalistic Privilege Differences in Status Satire and Parody Publishing Anonymously SLAPP Suits The Importance of Corrections and Clarifications Wrapping UpChapter 7: Privacy, Copyright, International Regulations and Other Legal Issues Privacy Issues Copyright Infringement Responsibility for Publishing the Statements and Content of Others Publishing Product or Service Endorsements Laws Affecting Recordings New Technologies Employment Issues Governmental Risks Fending Off Foreign Legal Threats Wrapping UpChapter 8: Handling Matters of Ethics, Fairness, Taste and Sensitivity Ethical Issues Making the Right Decisions Is It Time for New Ethics Codes? Wrapping UpChapter 9: Managing Engagement Internal Engagement External Engagement Anonymity and ConfidentialityCrafting and Using Social Media Guidelines Crafting and Using Social Media Guidelines Using Analytics to Learn More About Audience Usage and Preferences Wrapping UpChapter 10: Curation, Aggregation and Creation Curation and Aggregation Creation Wrapping UpChapter 11: Editorial Triage Wrapping UpNotesIndexAbout the Author
Thom Lieb is a professor of Journalism and New Media at Towson University in Maryland. He has taught the News Editing course there since he joined the faculty in 1990, and additionally has taught it at four other universities. The two editions of his previous editing text, aEditing for Clear Communication,a have been used in classrooms for more than 15 years.
Lieb has been involved with digital media since its inception. His aEditing for the Weba online project was used for training in schools and newsrooms around the world. For several years, he served as a columnist for the Journal of Electronic Publishing, and he is a longtime member of the Online News Association.
In addition, Lieb has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers, newsletters, magazines and online media. He is the author of aBuilding Basic News Sitesa and aAll the News: Writing and Reporting for Convergent Media.a
Lieb earned his bacheloras degree in Journalism and Communication from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, his masteras in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University, and his Ph.D. in Public Communication/Journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.