J-Skills: Editing exercises
FINDING LEADS. [weeks 1-2] 01start, 02compare.
EDITING. 03journ, 04(insert company).
DETAILING. [weeks 3-4] 05grammar, 06stylebook.
WRITING HEADLINES. [week 5] 07heads, 08tips.
Make a bookmark for this Web page.
"The Journalism QuickGuide" is the companion booklet to this Web page.
Journalistic Format"Save" vital work while writing. Before rewriting, "save as" story2, and work in story2.
Backup important files on a disk or on a hard drive.
Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
Note that not all of the Five W's and an H will be used. Then use the newspaper to find the Five W’s in several delayed summary sentences.
Search several newspapers on the Web [not TV networks, not tightly written USA Today] for examples of good newspaper leads and openings. Check out some favorites at NewsPlace.org: News. [Web pages may open in a different window.]
Find two examples of event-oriented ("hard news") leads that set up an
inverted pyramid story, which moves from the most important information to
the least important. "Copy" and "paste" the lead. [ How to copy part of a Web
page to your word processor. ]
Next, find two examples of timeless-feature ("soft news") opening sections with a delayed summary sentence and a news peg. "Copy" and "paste" the opening through its summary sentence and news peg. Provide the newspaper name and date. Say why you think each story is effective.
at "The Big Haze 1997" (Comparing International News Coverage).
Look at "One story, three markets" (Comparing Local News Coverage).
story for a general audience based on parts 1 and 2 of "Newswriting."
and an H to write and to organize their news stories, a journalism professor today told
journalism students here at Good Grammar Univ.
"Start with your Five W’s outline." I agree that this is good advice. He went on, "Use
that outline to write the opening sentence, and then use that same outline to organize
I realized that we can't manage or manipulate to use all of them. Professor Avi Bass
of Northern Illinois University told the students all about the Five W-s. "They are: Who?
What? When? Where? Why? and How?"
direct quotations (with quote marks) and paraphrased ones (without).
Use an endmark: ###
Save. Share with your editor/instructor. After seeing comments, "save
Joe Smith's car. Joe's and Mary's jobs (two jobs). Joe and Mary's
kitchen (one kitchen).
Take the Grammar quiz based on "Simplified Grammar" and the online grammar exercises.J-stylebook.
Write practice headlines to see if a headline writer will find your
A headline count has an identical range for each line of the head.
Headline Counts [count=14]
Work first with pencil and paper. Then, type the heads for 03journ and
04(insert company) on the same page. Make each two lines, down style,
22-25 count on each line.
Type each headline at 18 or 24 points for a nice display. Show the
count for each line.
Explain why "who" is correct. Explain what "she said" is.