Notes to accompany Exeter Observer community journalism courses.
- rewriting copy to improve structure
- editing copy to improve style
- correcting spelling and grammar
- checking factual accuracy
- writing headlines and standfirsts
- writing image captions
- choosing pullquotes and dropcaps
- creating infoboxes
- cropping/resizing/compressing photos
- embedding photos and videos inc. descriptive text
- confirming and including photo/video licensing info
- ensuring html is correctly formatted esp. links, inverted commas, italics, bold
- removing superfluous formatting e.g. double spaces
- enhancing SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
- identifying potential defamation risks.
Read from start to finish (out loud if possible), matching pace of first-time reader to get overall picture, identify structural errors/weaknesses etc.
- do paragraphs flow in ideal sequence, following points set up in previous paragraph, with strong linking sentences?
- does clear narrative thread run throughout piece that addressed central points/arguments?
- do headline and standfirst accurately represent content?
- does wrap-up draw all necessary threads together and provide satisfactory conclusion?
Edit for structure
Edit for style
Check facts/names/claims etc.
- when explanation or definition required
- to give context or background
- for attribution of source content
- when copyright license required
- for navigation to related material
- within a sentence
- using uniquely descriptive text, ideally containing keywords
- concisely, with no more words than are necessary for an accurate description
- NEVER using click here, read more etc.
NB not considering print issues e.g. fitting copy into layout, removing widows/orphans etc.
Analysis ⁄ Community & society
Exeter City Council has yet to confirm whether it will use any of the £2.15m Rough Sleeping Initiative funding it has received since 2018 to keep housing rough sleepers when government emergency accommodation funding runs out.
News ⁄ Climate & environment
Chief Executive warns that resourcing the plan is "problematic" given COVID-19 financial challenges and that lack of resources limits the council's capacity for immediate practical action.
News ⁄ Transport & mobility
Deadline for action on social distancing for safe travel set by county cabinet member passes despite Devon receiving £1.7 million share of government emergency fund.