Modern News Editing, 5th Edition
August 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
In Modern News Editing, authors Ludwig and Gilmore have
creatively reworked Gilmore’s classic textbook to fully
integrate editing for online publication and editing for print.
Whether the medium is a print newspaper or an online news site, the
function of editors remains the same: to guide a news story from
its inception to its publication. The fundamentals are still
necessary. Is it news? How should it be approached? How should it
be presented? Does the grammar pass muster? Is style consistently
followed? Do headlines and photo captions capture reader interests?
What are the needs and desires of the audience? Have the
responsibilities of the news media to promote a free and
self-governing society been met?
The Modern News Editing CD-ROM is packed with exercises
to practice the concepts taught. Microsoft Word files feature
editable sentences and stories containing problems with spelling,
grammar, style, and incorrect facts. Also included are photographs
in JPEG format for import into photo editing and/or page layout
programs, to practice cropping and sizing, and for use in page
design. Sample pages and page templates in Quark Xpress, Adobe
InDesign, and Adobe PageMaker are presented for use in page design
Modern News Editing is the textbook of choice to train future editors, whether they work for a print newsroom or an online publication.
1. Editing in the Age of Convergence.
2. Deciding What’s News.
3. The Editor in the Newsroom.
4. Editors as Managers.
5. Working With Stories.
6. Word Watching.
7. Writing Headlines.
8. Editors and Design.
9. Editing Photos and Graphics.
10. Editing News Services.
11. Imagination in News Editing.
12. When News Breaks.
13. Editing and the Law.
14. Editing and Ethics.
15. Policy and Responsibility.
Gene Gilmore, author of the first four editions of Modern Newspaper Editing, started his journalism teaching career at Syracuse University and spent more than 20 years at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has worked on 13 newspapers, including a weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the now defunct Philadelphia Bulletin.