Revision & Editing: Strategies for Making Copy Better

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  • 5&Big&Questions&&&Lots&of&AnswersRevising'&'Editing

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  • Session'Overview Slug:&Better&writing&with&better&

    revision& Story:&We&all&want&to&be&better&writers& News:&What&we&really&need&to&be&is&

    better&revisers& So?:&5&questions&and&few&easyPtoPlearn&

    revisions&significantly&improve&your&writing

  • Look&at&it&again&and&make&it&better.Revision'

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  • We'Need'Revision We&all&overPwrite& Our&ideas&can&be&clearer&and&details&stronger&

    We&can&tune&our&voice& Our&logic&can&be&stronger&& We&can&use&better&words,&fix&errors& Too&often,&feedback&isnt&actionable

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  • To&revise&our&own&work&and&help&others&revise&theirs&&

    To&provide&*actionable*&feedback&that&everyone&understands&and&uses&&

    To&help&us&become&better&writers&and&editors.

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    We'Need'a'Process

  • The'5'Big'Questions1. What&makes&this&writing&good?&2. What&would&make&it&better?&3. Whats&the&one&most&important&thing&the&writer&wants&the&reader&to&know?&

    4. Why&did&the&writer&write&this?&5. What&else&does&the&reader&need&to&know?&&

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  • The'5'Big'QuestionsAsk&and&(try&to)&answer&these&about&your&own&writing,&and&when&reviewing&someone&elses&&

    Use&them&to&identify&how&to&spend&revision&energy&

    Make&them&a&shared&part&of&your&newsroom&work&flow.&&

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  • The'5'Big'QuestionsThe&answers&to&these&questions&&those&actionable&revisions&&fall&into&two&categories:&

    1.&&Big&Revisions&2.&&Small&Revisions

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  • Big'Revisions Fix&conceptual&elements&that&have&a&huge&impact&on&your&content&

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  • Big'Revisions Voice:&Does&it&sound&appropriate&for&the&

    audience&and&topic?&

    Main&Idea/Angle:&Can&you&easily&identify&the&angle&or&most&important&takePaway?&

    Key&Details:&Is&there&sufficient&supporting&information&of&different&types?

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  • Big'Revisions Lede&&&Nut&Graf:&Is&the&top&of&your&story&

    enticing,&engaging&and&relevant?&

    Organization:&Are&the&ideas&in&the&right&order&to&lead&to&a&logical&conclusion?&

    Ending:&Do&you&end&with&a&clear&sense&of&what's&important&and&why&to&care?

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  • How'to'Revise'Voice Tightly&define&your&reader&and&a&few&characteristics&of&the&kind&of&person&they&trust.&&

    Write&in&a&tone&that&reflects&characteristics

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  • Small'Revisions Are&more&technical&changes&that&improve&readability,&style&and&engagement&

    Should&be&made&after&big&revisions

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  • Small'Revisions Concision&&&Clarity:&Is&the&writing&free&of&

    unnecessary&words&and&phrases?&Are&the&concepts&clear?&

    Word&Choice:&Are&verbs&precise&and&words&appropriate&for&audience&&&topic?&

    Sentence&Fluency:&Does&copy&flow&with&different&sentence&structures&&&lengths?

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  • Small'Revisions Heds&&&Subs:&Do&you&have&enough&to&

    break&up&content,&assist&organization&and&support&skimming&and&scanning?&&

    Word&Count:&Do&you&need&to&add&or&cut&to&reach&length&requirements?&

    Formatting:&Does&the&format&make&the&content&easy&to&consume?

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  • How'to'Revise'Sentences Delete&unnecessary&&&introductory&phrases&

    Strike&qualifiers&&&superfluous&modifiers&

    Combine&or&divide&sentences&to&vary&fluency,improve&clarity

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  • How'to'Revise'Verbs Replace&weak&verbs&with&those&that&convey&action&*and*&how&it's&performed&to&increase&clarity&and&concision&

    Example:&"dashed"&replaces&"walked&quickly"

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  • Fix&formatting&and&SPUG&errors.Edits

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  • Edits Focus&expressly&on&mechanics&like&spelling,&punctuation,&usage&and&grammar&(SPUG)&

    Only&done&after&revisions&are&complete

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  • The'Process1. Draft&fast&2. Make&Big&Revisions&on&your&own&work&3. Check&them&off&with&your&editor&4. Do&Small&Revisions&on&your&own&work&5. Check&them&off&with&a&colleague&or&copy&

    editor&6. Edit&your&own&work&7. Hand&off&to&a&copy&editor

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