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A lot can happen in a few short years. Just look at what's happened in the past 10 years. Watch as Karen Brown Dunlap, Poynter's president; Janet Weaver, managing editor of the Tampa Tribune: Julie Moos, Poynter's online news editor; and Mike Cutler, news director of NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, lead a discussion on the need to adapt to technological changes. It's one of nine sessions at Editing the Future.
The last people to see a story before it is published are ideally placed to watchdog issues of diversity in a story's content and language. Watch as Dori Maynard of the Maynard Institute explains how copy editors can ensure that coverage accurately reflects the community. She also shares a couple of teaching ideas that are effective in both classroom and newsrooms. It's one of nine sessions at Editing the Future.
Recruiting top-quality journalists is just half the job of building a strong newsroom. Without professional development, skills stagnate and leaders fail to grow. Watch as Walter Middlebrook of Newsday and Jerry Sass of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as they share their advice on making good hires and developing effective leaders. A handout of ideas to foster diversity is also available. It's one of nine sessions at Editing the Future.
Knowledge of how the world works is the special province of copy editors, and the work that they do - putting a story "in printable form with its values disclosed and brought within the understanding of the reader," as Adolph Ochs once said - protects a news organization's relationship with its audience. Hear more of what Nieman Curator Bob Giles had to say and download the full text of his speech. It's one of nine sessions at Editing the Future.
Reporters, assigning editors and copy editors are wired differently, and that can lead to newsroom clashes. Watch as Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight chair for editing at the University of Missouri, offers a path to better working relationships and download her PowerPoint. It's one of nine sessions at Editing the Future.
New technology can enhance the work of editors - and it can obscure their core mission. Watch as John Russial of the University of Oregon and John McIntyre of the Baltimore Sun trace the evolution of the copy desk and offer advice for helping it face tomorrow's challenges. It's one of nine sessions at Editing the Future.
When the Chicago Tribune misidentified a top Tribune executive in an obituary, the resulting "meltdown" led the paper to adopt procedures that reduced the error rate. Watch as editor Margaret Holt explains what the newsroom did and get advice and strategies from around the country. It's one of nine sessions at Editing the Future.
Editors must be able to go beyond forming an opinion based on solid information. They must also be able to speak up and share that opinion. Toward that end, letï¿½s put on a show!
Someday, your students may be promoted into a job they haven’t trained for: being the boss. Here’s a way to give them an idea of what it's like to be in charge.
It's never too early to develop an appreciation for working together on a story. Here are two techniques.
City editors aren't the only ones who can benefit from developing their coaching abilities. At a workshop for news editors, writing coach Don Fry explains how copy editors can put the technique to work. And he demonstrates how to do it.
A copy editor changes a lead without first checking with the reporter. The city desk treats the copy desk like proofreaders instead of professionals. Protocols are designed to help the copy desk and the city desk create a more productive environment. Here's a guide to writing one.
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Poynter was created in 1975 by Nelson Poynter, chairman of the St. Petersburg Times. In 1978, he donated his controlling stock in Times Publishing Co. to the institute, which has become perhaps the industry's largest independent, nonprofit school for journalists.
NewsU.org offers more than 25 courses - most of them free - in several areas, including design, diversity, editing, management and multimedia reporting. NewsU is housed at Poynter and is funded by the Knight Foundation.
By 2004, two years after the Knight study, the desire for more training by journalists had risen from 82 percent to 95 percent. And they said the "most useful" training topic was leadership and management skills, according to a survey by the Poynter Institute and NewsU.
Inland posts job openings and produces an annual report on industry salaries. By the way, the national average for entry-level copy editors routinely is the highest of all entry-level salaries in the newsrooom.
This Wall Street Journal publication is geared to answering the career questions of college graduates, offering tips on resume-writing and how to handle future negotiations. Salary data are broken down by occupation, such as newspaper, Web and broadcast jobs.
Salary infomation is based on Guild contracts. Salaries for copy editors are not broken out, but typically they are higher than those for reporters. Check whether the salary data is recent.
The American Society of Newspaper Editors has been tracking the gender and race of newsroom employees. Here are the disquieting results, along with other ASNE initiatives.