Edit Efficiently

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

After working hard on an article, the last thing you want to do is edit your story right away. Editing is viewed as a challenging task at times because not all of us know right from wrong. Therefore, I am going to share with you some tips about how to make editing more efficient.

1.The story arc matters. It is important that you make sure you catch the viewers’ attention instantly. Make the information you are sharing appealing throughout the whole article so you don’t lose your viewers’ interest.

2.Numbers need to be specific. Using the statement “about” never clearly clarifies what you are trying to say. Therefore, be specific with your numbers so your explanation of your statistic is defined clearly.

3.Give attributions. “According to” is not a good statement to use because it is not supportive with your information. Instead, it makes readers hesitant about whether or not you are stating an actual fact. If you do use the words “according to” make sure that the company or person you name after is a known source.

4.Link to sources. When explaining a study that has shown a certain statistic, you should insert a URL address in the article, or at the end. This will then allow people to see the actual statement you are trying to explain to them.

5.Presentation/organization matters. Little random facts that are similar to the topic you are discussing in the article, but not very relevant to it should be mentioned in a sidebar of the article. Do not try to force everything to go together in one piece. Organization allows the reader to follow along easily and not get frustrated with all the clutter.

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4 comments:

KatieSchober April 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM  

I like points two and three a lot- I have had some trouble with this is writing my news stories, and it's definitely something that is going to stick with me. I am not a numbers kind of person...but, if I were going to do investigative journalism, I know I'd have to get a lot more comfortable with them.

Jeremy Dubois April 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

A really useful post. Give us some interesting tips that we have to remember. Journalism is not easy but sometimes little things like that are necessary. All journalism students should read this post and remember each tip.

Tess Myer April 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM  

This tips are very helpful. I feel like writing stories will always be difficult considering I am a perfectionist, so these helpful editing tips will really come in handy when I look back over my stories in attempts to perfect them.

Ben Lucas April 6, 2011 at 1:07 PM  

Editing can often be harder than just writing something out for me. It takes a lot of concentration to get everything "just right" and these tips are pretty important for anyone working at it.

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