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It's an age-old dilemma: When copy editors are doing their jobs well, you'll never see it. So how's an editing student to make an impression on a potential employer? Here's how.

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Putting course materials on a outside server such as Blogger, instead of the university server, offers several advantages, such as larger file storage and student access after graduation. Come to think of it, there's also no need for the professor to rebuild a course site should he or she leave the university. Check this site for some great resources as well.

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Now that mobile has become a key delivery platform, students need to learn how to use their cell phones to gather information as well as receive it. Here's one nifty way to do it.

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The Web takes the print concept of "points of entry" to an entirely new level. It's another way to help students understand what it means to engage the audience.

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Here's a great structured way to teach students how to use Twitter as a communication tool - and, quite likely, show their boss their value as an intern or new employee.

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Here's another way to help students experience the realities of online editing: Have them create and maintain blogs on topics they choose.

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How many facts does a story need before it's ready to be published online? This exercise uses a real-life example of a developing story to walk students through the decision-making process.

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Getting your students online can be an early lesson in self-editing.

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Students need to develop an instinct for "referential journalism," or when to reference additional information through links. Try this exercise to start.

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It's easy to integrate podcasts into almost any journalism class. Here are a few ideas.

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One assignment, one lesson? Hah! Here's a way to let an online assignment do double duty.

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First, assign students to blog once a week about editing. Then, make them edit their own posts. (It's kinda like making them edit their own e-mails, but not as cruel.)

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Lynn Klyde-Silverstein, the crank behind this blog, teaches journalism at the University of Northern Colorado. One of the reasons she started the blog, she writes, is to have "a healthy outlet for my anger when I encounter what I consider the inappropriate use of our magnificent language." Her blog's motto is one of the best raison d'Ítres on the Web: "Because some things are just too important to get wrong."

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All teachers know that making the assignment is the easy part. Grading those assignments, however, is another story. Here are some ideas on how to evaluate student blogs.

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Check out these suggestions from fellow profs.

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Professors share their suggestions and teaching guides for Dreamweaver 8.

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Copy editors across all levels of experience earn more than reporters, graphic artists and photographers - and have for years. According to data collected by the Inland Press Association, the national average salary for an entry-level copy editor in 2006 was $31,464, compared to $29,262 for reporters, $27,460 for graphic artists and $30,543 for photographers. Check out the numbers since 2002.

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NewsLab, an independent nonprofit based in Chevy Chase, Md., provides a directory of syllabi directories. Included are those for computer-assisted reporting, visual journalism and diversity.

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Mindy McAdams' objectives: "Students who complete this course should be able to plan and execute the reporting necessary for a proposed Web project. Write in styles that are appropriate to online media. Evaluate story packages on the Web and explain why they work well in the medium, or why they do not. Write link text that encourages a good experience for the users. Work with other reporters to produce an engaging story for Web presentation. Conduct research online, determine the reliability of sources found, and use the results appropriately as part of a story."

A full list of McAdams' syllabi is here.

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John Russial's "Cyberjournalism" objectives: "To critically examine issues in web publishing, such as writing, editing and design; to produce an original web site, applying lessons learned in the class; to learn some of the techniques used in web publishing."

The Web site produced by his students is Oregon Lifestyle.

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