Editing Project

Copy edit for Sidelines

I copy edited for Sidelines on Friday April 6. I arrived at the CIM at 1:00 p.m., but the editors were not there. Eventually, after asking around, I found out that the news editor was there. So, Andrew Wigdor gave me a story to edit. 

The story he provided me with was about the keynote speaker at the LGBT+ College Conference. I spent about an hour doing detailed edits on the story. I found several things that needed to be edited within the story and made the changes. 

After I was finished editing, Andrew looked over my edits. He pointed out a few things to me that he would have changed that I did not change. He then explained to me why he would have made the changes. When I was done, he told me I could exit out of the story without saving the edits I had done because he had already edited the story himself. Therefore, the link with the story attached does not contain my edits, but contains Andrew’s edits.

MTSU master’s student provides ‘Tennovation Keynote’ address for LGBT+ College Conference

 

Attend a Friday Sidelines meeting at 2 p.m.

I attended a Sidelines meeting on Friday April 6. I met the editor, Brinely, and she told me to meet with the Lifestyles team. Before breaking up into teams, Brinley stated that there were not many people at the meeting on that day. She also encouraged the staff to sign up for the Fall 2018 staff positions, and reminded the staff that the April print edition of Sidelines would be sexual assault themed.

The Lifestyles editor, Taylor Stephenson, was very welcoming and inviting. She asked if I had any stories to pitch, but I told her I was there to observe. There were about 5 other people sitting in on the Lifestyle’s meeting. One person pitched a story of their own and the others were assigned a story by Taylor. The stories she assigned were about how to handle end of semester stress, a Dog Cookie Dough Day at No Bake, and a play that was happening on campus that night.

 

Find 10 copyediting errors

Original:

Without watching a single episode I thought it was overrated, but I’m here to tell you I was so wrong.

Edit:

Without watching a single episode, I thought it was overrated. But, I’m here to tell you I was so wrong.

Original:

Throughout the course of this investigation, the characters discover information about top secret government experiments, encounter strong supernatural forces and meet a very unusual little girl.

Edit:

Throughout the course of this investigation, the characters discover information about top-secret government experiments, encounter strong supernatural forces and meet a very unusual little girl.

Original:

Three years after that night, Noah still wonders what went wrong with Avery but then finds himself able to travel back in time, hoping to make things right between him and Avery.

Edit:

Three years after that night, Noah still wonders what went wrong with Avery. But, then he finds himself able to travel back in time, with the chance to make things right with Avery.

Original:

However, not all is well in paradise for Peter because he quickly finds out that Sarah is there with her new boyfriend.

Edit:

However, not all is well in paradise for Peter. He quickly finds out that Sarah is there with her new boyfriend.

Above edits from: Sidelines Guidelines: Escape end-of-semester stress with our top Netflix picks

Original:

Because the movie only had four main characters, it was able to give an in-depth look at how the family interacted.

Edit:

Because the movie only has four main characters, it give an in-depth look at how the family interacted.

Above edit from: Review: The sound of silence in ‘A Quiet Place’

Original: 

Leyva’s biggest piece of advice and her major point of the night was to find something to be passionate about and run with it.

Edit:

Leyva’s biggest piece of advice, and her major point of the night, was to find something to be passionate about and run with it.

Above edit from: ‘Orange is the New Black’ actress Selenis Leyva provides Women’s History Month keynote address at MTSU

Original:

The poll also shows that the majority of participants support the legalization of marijuana in at least some capacity.

Edit:

The poll also shows that the majority of participants support the legalization of marijuana in some capacity.

Original:

The participants were contacted via randomly selected cell and landline phone numbers, and the interviews were conducted between March 22 and 29.

Edit:

The participants were contacted via randomly-selected cell and landline phone numbers, and the interviews were conducted between March 22 and 29.

Original:

These results are nearly identical to when an MTSU poll asked the same question in February 2017.

Edit:

These results are nearly identical to the answers MTSU received in February 2017 on a poll that asked the same question.

Original:

The poll also asked about Tennessee voters’ views on immigration in regards to Dreamers.

Edit:

The poll also asked about Tennessee voters’ views on immigration in regards to “Dreamers.”

Above edits from: MTSU poll: Large percentage of Tennessee voters support ‘Dreamers,’ legalization of marijuana in some capacity

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