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Gannett Layoffs and Why We Still Need Copyeditors

Photo courtesy of Nic McPhee via flickr

Photo courtesy of Nic McPhee via flickr

In a world where the fastest news can be fact-checked with a simple Google search and edited for typos with Microsoft Office, it seems that copyediting is not necessary. As long as the writer uses spellcheck and has the “AP Stylebook” on hand, there’s nothing to worry about. Why should a newsroom hire copyeditors?

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Anonymous Sources and Pseudonyms in Journalism

Posted by Marissa Mumford

The Washington Post recently published the gripping struggles of a sexually assaulted war veteran. Per her request, the source is identified only by her middle name, Diana. “Diana” pretends all is well while secretly accumulating doctor’s visits and battling stress and paranoia.

Credit to Leland Francisco, licensed under Creative Commons

Diana was viciously brutalized and hasn’t shared her story with family or friends. It isn’t the Washington Post’s job to make her pain known to the world. I understand that. Ethically, it feels right. But from a journalistic point of view, is this okay? If a prestigious news source is going to publish a lengthy piece on sexual abuse in the armed forces, shouldn’t the source be entirely verifiable?

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15 Copy Editing Rules To Improve Your Writing

Posted by Olivia Albers

The articles and stories people have an interest in reading serve the audience instead of the writer. As writers we often become too attached to the words we use and the sentences we craft that it becomes difficult to step back and be objective. In order to write more captivating stories look to your editing process. The job of editors is to “transform basic text into powerful stories (in all media) that persuade people to take action,” said Stefanie Flaxman in 15 Copy Editing Tips That Can Transform Your Content into Persuasive and Shareable Works of ArtHere are ten ways to make your editing process a little less painful.


Photo via Nic McPhee on Flickr

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Photoshop Ethics

By Morgan Cannata

We’ve all seen a published photo of a model with a missing limb, pixie stick legs and an all too perfect complexion. With digital technology improving, more possibilities are becoming available. We wonder, just because we can do something, should we?

Photo by Morgan Cannata

Photo by Morgan Cannata

Julia Bluhm, a fourteen-year-old girl, started a “digital diets” petition against magazines’ Photoshop tactics. She asked Seventeen magazine to “show just one unairbrushed photo spread a month.” Julia said, “her peers are increasingly developing eating disorders and serious body image issues as a result of what they see as unattainable looks.”
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Interview with Drake student editor: Lindsay Dressen

Posted by: Cecily Miniaci

I’m her roommate, so I know her very well. She loves pasta, movies, fashion, foreign men, and social media. We’ve lived together for four years and know things about each other that most people don’t. Although, one thing I don’t know a lot about is the editor inside of her. Her name is Lindsay Dressen and I bet you’ll see her name on a digital version of a women’s fashion magazine someday. Continue reading

AP Stylebook: the journalist’s bible

Posted by Lizzie Pine
Photo by Billy Frank Alexander


Many journalists swear by the Associated Press Stylebook. They actually self-name it “the journalist’s bible.” This nickname shows how often journalists reference and follow the book. The nickname’s a joke, but does it go too far?

When God is concerned, which do journalists follow: the journalist’s bible or the real Bible?

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Google Wave and Editing

Google Wave

I love Google Wave.

Although I joined it a week ago and am still learning the terminology (know what Blip is, anyone?), I’ve already fallen in love with Google Wave’s simplistic design and user-friendly interface.

Basically, the screen is composed of four distinct panels: the navigation panel, the contact panel, the inbox/search panel and the wave panel. You start by clicking on your favorite contact to start a new wave with him or her. Then, you can click the plus sign in the wave panel to add more people to your conversation. Oh yes, it’s that easy. You can try clicking around to learn how Google Wave works, or you can just look up Mashable’s complete guide and a video tutorial for novice wavers.

Still, there’s one problem. If you are an indecisive person who type and backspace, remove a Facebook wall post after spotting a spelling mistake, and read over a sentence 10 times before hitting send, then Google Wave might not be right for you.

Because you can’t edit your wave before everyone else sees it.

Remember, this is a real-time communication platform. And when it says real-time, it means everything you type is seen by your conversation partner right when you’re typing it. The notion of editing before publishing clearly doesn’t exist in Google Wave. Of course, there’s a Wiki functionality that lets you and others edit the already published wave and the spellcheck capability that autocorrects your spellings. But whatever you’ve typed, folks, there’s no taking it back. So, think twice before typing.

On the bright side, though, Google Wave is very flexible. You can add applications or extensions just like you can on Facebook. Think of how exciting it would be slaving your workers away in Restaurant City, planting tomatoes in Farmville and feeding your pet in Pet Society. All in real time with your friends.

By the way, if you still need an invitation to Google Wave, shout out. I only have 15 more to go.