September 2011 Archives

Story Ideas

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Working in teams, students are developing story ideas for class on September 26.

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Professionalism should be held in the highest regard. Be clear on expectations from others and yourself. Be certain no rock is left unturned. Be sure to treat all work as if your career depends on it. Be attentive towards mistakes large and small. Be ready to defend all decisions. Don't blink.

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As an editor, I think the most important thing is to take the time to read each and every bit of text that needs to be scanned for errors and inconsistencies, and verify possible errors by consulting the appropriate style guide. Assuming things are spelled correctly and reported accurately shows laziness and leads to many of the errors that make it to print. I'm realistic enough to think that some mistakes are unavoidable, but I feel it is my responsibility to always try as hard as possible to avoid letting even the smallest of errors make it to print.

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Journalism is an art, take pride in your work. Do not settle for anything less than perfect. Be respectful with everyone and have respect in everything you do. Plan ahead and don't be lazy. Always check the facts. When errors happen, there is always next time. Always be on the outlook for new and interesting stories, think new equals news. Always remember to take in others ideas, but at the end of the day, do what feels right to you

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Every story, every time. There is no excuse for laziness. An error must pass over multiple eyes before reaching a paper, so an error is unacceptable. When re-reading three times is enough, do it once more. Check your facts, check your quotes. Double checking is a useful activity. Be accurate, fair, and do no harm.

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Do not take shortcuts. When shortcuts are taken, mistakes are made. Mistakes can be prevented by checking, double-checking, triple-checking and so on. The worst mistakes are those that could have been prevented. Take the time to review your work for punctuation, objectivity and the credibility of all sources. Although time consuming, the extra effort will pay off. Do not be lazy!

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Print the information the reader needs to know and wants to know. Always tell every side of the story and don't withhold or embellish the news. Always strive to be accurate. Be accountable for any mistakes you do make. At all times, be professional, be persistent, and be prepared.

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It is an editor's responsibility to be fair and accurate. An editor should constantly be on the lookout for mistakes and be able to take responsibility for ones that make it to print. An editor should be able to put themselves in the reader's shoes. They should know their audience and be able to speak to them in a way the readers will understand and appreciate. An editor needs to fair to the people in the news. They should be able to see all standpoints on issues and address controversial topics in a nonbiased way. The editor must exude responsibility.

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Respect everyone's work, but uphold a certain level of expectations for every article in order for it to be the best it can be. Be accountable for everything that you're editing. Be fair, accurate, and honest. Always double-check and triple-check everything. Don't overlook minor details because it's the details that can make a good article great. Run through the finish line every time by completing every task to the best of your ability, even the most tedious and miniscule ones.

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At all times I will do my best to provide exceptional feedback to a writer's work. I will respectfully critique the writer's work in a way that helps improve the writer and not just the writing. I will not edit in a way that seeks to discourage the writer.

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Take advantage of the fact that you're a perfectionist. It's not a bad thing. Look over every sentence as many times as you think it takes and don't be satisfied with something you don't feel comfortable with. Remember all the times you laughed at your hometown paper or television station for simple mistakes - don't be that editor. Credibility is everything in this business, without it you have nothing.

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An Editor's Credo can be defined as: "a set of fundamental beliefs or a guiding principle." Editor's Credo can also be defined as a mission statement.
After reading the Editor's Credo and reflecting on my approach as an editor, I have come to realize that it is important for me to remain objective at all times. I am very accepting of others no matter how different their world view is from me. I plan to keep an open mind and utilize this ability in my role as an editor.
It is also important for me to be analytical, inquiring and inquisitive and I plan to utilize my general knowledge to help me fulfill my role.

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Always stay honest; whether it seems like a pointless fact, it's important to someone or you wouldn't have it in your story.
Ask for help when you need it.
Deadlines are solid; don't procrastinate.
Respect others; even if to you they're just a character in the story, they are important to someone.
You have to live up to your consequences at some point; learn that early on.
Get enough sleep so you can function in the morning.

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The best possible story comes from the hardest work you can put into your story. Reporting, editing, research, and publishing should all be done as if it needs to be your best story you've ever written.

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Never settle for what is convenient, as it is usually an excuse for laziness. If it seems too easy, it is. Work hard and remember where you came from.
Have conviction. Trust yourself. Letting others tell you what is right will cause insanity, but do not use that as a justification for ignorance.
Remember your ideals, but be pragmatic. You are not doing this job for yourself, but enjoy it.
If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong.

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Never put yourself or others in harms way- mentally, physically, emotionally, and professionally. Always get the information needed and more without compromising anyones' (including yourself) integrity and get even more. Be as fair, honest, and accurate to the best of your ability. Take pride and ownership for what you do and make sure you love what you are doing all the time.

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Be clean, smooth and polished. Mistakes can't be taken lightly, so do yourself a favor and be sure to take pride in your work. Be fair but truthful to yourself as well as your coworkers. If you think you're done working, you've only begun the rebuilding process. This is something bigger than you; it's for the common good of our social structure.

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No matter what happens, do not lose yourself to your work. You are a human being first. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Check your work. Then check it again and again. Listen when others speak. Put yourself out there. Do the right thing. Don't cut corners. Always be considerate. Always be hardworking. Always be honest with yourself and others.

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Just when you think you've worked hard enough, work a little harder. Be confident. You have the experience and knowledge needed to do this. Be objective and write stories so that readers will be drawn in. Don't let mistakes get you down. Do your best, and you will succeed in all you do.

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Write with passion. You're not only writing for yourself. You're writing for those with no voice. Make them be heard. Keep an open mind and ask a lot of questions. Do what needs to be done in order for the reader to understand. Put other and their stories before yourself. Don't have a personal agenda. Be true to yourself.

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I am accountable for the mistakes my writers make and that I make by not catching them. Stupid mistakes are made by a lack of focus and if I'm not focused I'm not doing my job as I should be; to the best of my ability. Listen to my writers, listen to my fellow editors, listen to my icons in the biz, take it all into account, but in the end it comes down to me. Check, re-check and Breathe! Nothing is too small and nothing is too big to handle.

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