Critical editing

David Craig | Oklahoma University

I give students a sensitive or jargon-filled story and tell them to type in all of the questions that come to mind as they read. They don't edit; they just ask questions.

We then discuss one another's questions. The exercise helps them think critically and allows them to see their editing blind spots.

This was inspired by the section titled “Reading an Editor's Mind” in Jane T. Harrigan’s "The Editorial Eye."

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