12th Edition

The Art of Editing in the Age of Convergence

By Brian S. Brooks, James L. Pinson Copyright 2022
    384 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    384 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Now in its 12th edition, this core text is the most comprehensive and widely used textbook on editing in journalism.

    Thoroughly revised and updated to incorporate more online and multimedia formats, this hands-on guide offers a detailed overview of the full process of journalistic editing, exploring both the "micro" aspects of the craft, such as style, spelling and grammar, and "macro" aspects, including ethics and legality. Recognizing the pronounced global shift toward online multimedia, the authors continue to stress the importance of taking the best techniques learned in print and broadcast editing and applying them to online journalism. This new edition also includes an in-depth discussion of the role editors and journalists can play in recapturing the public’s trust in the news media. Additional chapters examine how to edit for maximum visual impact and how to edit across media platforms, teaching students how to create a polished product that is grounded in the best practices of journalism.

    The Art of Editing, 12th edition, remains an essential resource for students of journalism across all media and levels interested in editing, design and media writing, as well as for professionals seeking to refine and refresh their skill set.  

    Accompanying online features include instructor PowerPoints and student exercises.


    1. The Evolution of Editing
    2. Journalism’s Credibility Problem
    3. The Editing Process
    4. Macro Editing for the Big Picture
    5. Macro Editing for Legality, Ethics and Propriety
    6. Micro Editing for Grammar and Usage
    7. Micro Editing for Style, Spelling and Tightening
    8. Holistic Editing: Integrating the Macro and Micro
    9. Edit Yourself
    10. Writing Headlines, Titles, Captions and Blurbs
    11. Using Photos, Graphics and Type




    Brian S. Brooks has served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Missourian and as European editor of Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military newspaper in Europe and the Middle East. He served as a faculty member and administrator at the Missouri School of Journalism for 38 years, the last 10 of those as associate dean for undergraduate studies. He continues to work part-time at the school. Brooks served as deputy director or director of the Dow Jones News Fund internship program at Missouri for more than 40 years. He is the co-author of four journalism textbooks and is a member of the Missouri Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame.

    James L. Pinson has worked for newspapers in Missouri, Colorado and Michigan and holds a doctorate in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism, where he also taught for six years. He additionally taught 25 years in the journalism program at Eastern Michigan University, where he is now a professor emeritus, and for 13 summers in the Dow Jones News Fund's internship program. In addition to this book, he and Brian S. Brooks are also co-authors of Working With Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors, along with Jean Gaddy Wilson.