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Watch Your Words: A Writing and Editing Handbook for the Multimedia Age

Watch Your Words: A Writing and Editing Handbook for the Multimedia Age

by Marda Dunsky

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Overview

Journalists — even those working simultaneously in print, on air and on the Web — trade in words. Using language well across platforms is a vital skill; the cleaner and clearer the text, the more effective the result. Watch Your Words, now in its fourth edition, is a brief and accessible handbook for mastering baseline knowledge of punctuation, grammar, usage and Associated Press style.

This new edition features a new quality-control guide to writing and editing. The guide covers accuracy and fact-checking; brevity and tightening; clarity; use of quotes and attribution; and basic editing principles. The new edition also incorporates current AP style and continues to offer language-skills self-tests with answer keys, as well as sections on spelling and copy-editing symbols. It is an excellent resource for use in both the classroom and the newsroom.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442253438
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/08/2015
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marda Dunsky, an editor, educator and editorial consultant, teaches at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

Getting Text Right

Punctuation
Rules and Guidelines
Conjunction Junction: Comma Rules for and, but and or
Nonessential vs. Essential: That vs. Which
Punctuation Self-Test

Grammar
Basic Terms and Concepts
Grammar Terms and Concepts Exercise
Mapping Who vs. Whom
Making the Right Choice
Practice Sentences: Who vs. Whom
Other Rules and Guidelines
Grammar Self-Tests

Usage
Rules and Guidelines
Usage Self-Test

RECAP: Comprehensive Self-Test

AP Stylebook Study Guide
AP Style Self-Tests

Spelling
Homonyms and Other Sound-Alikes Exercise
Spelltraps

Copy-Editing Symbols
Copy-Editing Symbols Self-Test
Basic Symbolism
Quality-Control Guide to Writing and Editing

Supplementary Self-Tests
Punctuation/AP Style Test
Grammar/AP Style Test
Usage/AP Style Test
Final Language-Skills Test

Answer Key
Punctuation Self-Test
Grammar Terms and Concepts Exercise
Grammar Self-Test I
Grammar Self-Test II
Usage Self-Test
RECAP: Comprehensive Self-Test7
AP Style Self-Test I
AP Style Self-Test II
AP Style Self-Test III
Homonyms and Other Sound-Alikes
Copy-Editing Symbols Self-Test
Punctuation/AP Style Test
Grammar/AP Style Test
Usage/AP Style Test
Final Language-Skills Test
Exercise: Fact-Checking
Exercise: Tightening
Exercise: Clarity
Exercise: Quotes and Attribution

Index

About the Author

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