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Copy Editing

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Jodi Cohen

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Transcript of Copy Editing

by Jodi Tandet
Giving a hoot
about editing

Develop your verbal communication skills.
Listen to your writers (and yourself).
Make the AP Stylebook your best friend.
Read, read, read.
Research, research, research.
How I Met My Copy Editing Skills
Focus on the positives, too.
Know your reader.
Look out for opinions. They're gross.
Read it aloud.
Focus on thhe detales ... and the bigger picture.
The Copy Editor's Saga:
Breaking Run-On Sentences Part 2
Common
Writing Mistakes
Title capitalization (President Barack Obama / Barack Obama, president of the United States)
Incorrect pronouns (The tea,m lost their game.)
Missing hyphens (celebrity-obsessed friend / dust-covered room / wild-goose chase / well-lit room)
Neglecting parallel structure. (I like eating ice cream, going to the movies and books.)
Mor Commen Writting Misteaks
Improper use of "that" (I have a teacher that hates me.)
Using "and" instead of "to" (I'm going to try and get an A on my test.)
Forgetting commas (When Harry turned 11 he received a letter from Hogwarts.)
Wordiness (We, you and I, are like never ever ever ever getting back together every, not any time.)
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's even more common mistakes!
Missing words (Look this stuff. Isn't it neat? Wouldn't think my collection's complete?)
Incorrect dating (Wednesday, October 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM)
Fragment sentence (I met Meryl Streep. Who is very nice.)
Long paragraphs
Incomplete titles (the Huizenga Business School = The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship)
Funny
headlines
Les Miserables Writing
Play dumb.
Be skeptical.
Remember: clarity over creativity.
Ask "is this necessary?"
Question, question, question.
More not-so-great headlines
Man steals clock, faces time
Patient at death's door; doctors pull him through
Man struck by lightning faces battery charge
Children's death ruins couple's vacation
Something went wrong in jet crash
Man in pain after 800-lb ball falls on his leg
Hospital resorts to hiring doctors
Woman missing since she got lost

How to write good
Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
Avoid cliches like the plague. (They�re old hat.)
One should never generalize.
Don't repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
Don't use commas, that, are not, necessary.
Subject and verb always has to agree.
Don't never use no double negatives.
Poofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
The passive voice is to be avoided.
Who needs rhetorical questions?
How to right very good
No sentence fragments.
Don't overuse exclamation marks!!
Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
Avoid Alliteration. Always.
Profanity sucks.
And always be sure to finish what
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