Subediting and Production for Journalists

Print, Digital & Social, 2nd Edition

By Tim Holmes

© 2016 – Routledge

266 pages

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Paperback: 9780415492010
pub: 2015-09-04
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Hardback: 9780415492003
pub: 2015-09-11
US Dollars$140.00

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About the Book

The new edition of Subediting and Production for Journalists is a concise, clear and contemporary introduction to the skills required for subediting newspapers, magazines and websites. Tim Holmes describes how subediting has developed, from the early days of print to the modern era of the internet browser and social media, and explores the many challenges for the sub working today.

Using numerous practical examples drawn from print and online, Subediting and Production for Journalists introduces the various techniques employed by the sub to help make the written word stand out on the page, including:

  • subbing news and features for sense and style
  • writing headlines and sells
  • making copy legally safe
  • understanding production, using software packages and content management systems
  • editing and rewriting stories for online publication
  • creating suitable page furniture for websites
  • handling and sizing pictures digitally
  • handling audio and video.

Subediting and Production for Journalists is the perfect guide for all those with an interest in subbing in today’s multimedia environments, as well as anyone wanting to see their words come to life.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction 2. What makes a subeditor? 3. Professional subediting practice Tim Holmes with Glyn Mottershead 4. How to create great news headlines 5. Headline systems for news 6. How to create great feature headlines 7. Page furniture for features 1 8. Page furniture for features 2 9. Law for subeditors 10. Covers and splash pages Glossary of terms used in journalism Appendix 1: Hard copy proof correction symbols Appendix 2: Sample marked up hard copy proof page

About the Author

Tim Holmes is Associate Director of the Centre for Journalism at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, UK. He teaches on the MA in Magazine Journalism, the MBA in Media Management and the BA in Journalism and Communications. He is co-author (with Mottershead, G. G. and Hadwin, S. B.) of The 21st Century Journalism Handbook: Essential Skills for the Modern Journalist (Routledge, 2012), and editor of Mapping the Magazine: Comparative Studies In Magazine Journalism (Routledge, 2008).

About the Series

Media Skills

The Media Skills series provides concise and thorough introductions to a rapidly changing media landscape. Each book is written by media and journalism lecturers or experienced professionals and is a key resource for a particular industry. Offering helpful advice and information and using practical examples from print, broadcast and digital media, as well as discussing ethical and regulatory issues, Media Skills books are essential guides for students and media professionals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies