When pagination moved backshop duties onto the copy desk, only about 40 percent of the surveyed papers added staff to handle the increased workload. The extra time needed to dummy a page did not go away with experience.
When it comes to politics, online sources are more credible than print publications - at least for those who regularly use the Internet to get political information.
At a time when editors told educators that pagination skills didnít need to be emphasized in the classroom, the percentage of want ads that required or recommended the ability to paginate jumped.
Stories with hypertext, or links that lead readers to more information, were considered more credible than stories that simply presented the news as it appeared in print.
When people wanted political news during the 2004 campaign, they turned to television more often than any other source Ė even though they turned to it less often than they did in 2000. The Internet, however, was picking up audience fast.
Finding the right blend of words and graphics to help a user find what heís looking for is a little like Goldilocks seeking the best place to sleep: It has to be just right. Too many graphics, but especially too many words, slow down a Web user.
If you thought copy editing was a cushy job, think again. Research has found that copy editors face a greater risk of burnout and emotional exhaustion than reporters. But research also found ways to alleviate the additional stress borne by copy editors.
Seven out of 10 copy editors in one study liked the work, and they even liked their boss. However, only four in 10 think their prospects for advancement are good.
"This job isnít what my editing textbook said it would be!" What happens when students who read textbooks that idealize copy editing find themselves in the real world?
Leadlines - which put the lead of the story in bigger type and are used in place of headlines - may be a better way to catch readers who simply scan headlines.
Headlines often are the only type that many readers see. But just as the type is bigger, so are the consequences if that type is libelous. Luckily, courts usually take an accurate story into account when considering potentially libelous heads.
Words carry many layers of meaning, some of which are unintended. Take "admit," for example. What happens when that word gets headline treatment?
The first facts that a reader gets about a story come from the headline, which gives it the power to influence how a reader organizes and recalls information in the story.