This blog was created as a teaching tool for a class on Advanced Editing at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The class aims to build on the fundamentals of editing, headline writing and design that students acquired in Beginning Editing.
Why editing matters for journalism students
Editors traditionally have been considered the last line of defense for readers. Their job: Ensure published material is clear and accurate. Learning the tools of editing will improve writing skills too. In today’s rapidly changing journalism world, roles are blurred. Reporters, at times posting stories to the Web without an editor’s approval, must be self-editors. Editing likely will be part of your job regardless of what type of journalist you become. Mastering editing skills will be important no matter where you work—a traditional newspaper, a non-profit, a blog, in public relations, in social media, in advertising or in any field requiring clear communication. The role of editors is expanding. Editors not only evaluate words in text and headlines, but also often edit entire packages – photos, graphics, audio and even video. They uphold traditional standards such as fairness and provide quality control for readers and viewers. But they also must think in fresh ways to make the best use of technology.