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Copy of Copyreading
Transcript of Copy of Copyreading
Read the article many times as possible before starting. Put an end mark and slugline on news articles.
And one more thing...
But, don't forget the printer's direction.
Headlines: ems - font size - headline style / no. of columns - no. of lines (u.c)
Mr. Hernane B. Buella
is much is like the work of a communication arts teacher correcting compositions, except that he uses different symbols.
symbols are universally known to printers.
the symbols used in copyreading are the same symbols used in pagwawasto ng sipi to eliminate or correct errors to improve the copy.
a copy may be a news item, editorial, a feature story or any literary article.
Errors could be of any kind – errors in fact, in grammar in structure or in style.
In copy editing a news report, you should see to it that the proper lead is used and that this lead contains the most important element.
See to it that the paragraphs are arranged according to decreasing importance following the inverted pyramid structure.
In editing an editorial see to it that it begins with an introduction composed of a newspeg and reaction. This is followed by the body (the arguments and stand of the editor on the issue), then by the conclusion. In short, correct errors in structure.
There is no question of right or wrong, just a matter of style. After you have adopted one, be consistent.
Also, eliminate opinion in news stories; this is called editorializing. Delete libelous words and expressions, vulgar and indecent words. Cross out redundant words and verbal deadwood. Use adjectives sparingly. News is supposed to be objective and factual. Delete also seditious and rebellious matter and those violative of our laws.
For style sheet
News stories, are important, but the headlines that introduce these stories to the readers are also important. Good headlines will make a newspaper page attractive; poor headlines will make a page seem dull. Poor headlines might discourage them from reading the stories.
A headline is the title of a news story. It summarizes the whole news story. Oftentimes, it is the gist of the lead.
What kind of headline style does your newspaper use? In the traditional newspaper headline, every word is capitalized except for short prepositions like at, by, for, from, in, on, to, etc. and the. They are capitalized only when they appear at the beginning of a line.
Unit Counting in Headlines
Writing headlines is not so simple as it seems to be. A headline should fit the allotted space by a system of unit counts given to each letter, figure or space. This is done to avoid a thin head, a fat head or a bleeding head.
An example of a thin head where the spaces between the letters of words, or the space after the words in a line are so wide that the effect is ugly.
S c h o o l j o i n s p r e s s t i l t s
An example of a fat head where the letters or the words are so crowded that there are no spaces between them or the spaces are so small that several words read as one.
An example of bleeding headline in which some letter or words extend inside the column
S c h o o l j o i n s
p r e s s t i l t s
However, in computerized headline writing, there is no need to count units. The computer does the fitting of the words in the allotted space. In many provinces, printing is still done through the obsolete letter press.
The corresponding unit counts are given as follows:
½ unit – jiltf and all punctuations except the em dash (-) and the questions mark (?)
1 unit – the questions mark, space, all figures, capital, JILTF, all lower case letters except jiltf, m&w
1 ½ units – the em dash, lower case m and w, all capital letters except M and W and JILTF
2 units – capital M, W
1 column head - 3-4 lines
2 column head - 2-3 lines
3 column head- 1-2 lines
4-6 column head - 1 line
Body: ems /font style