Micro Editing - Have you edited for:
Macro Editing Have you edited:
The lead does it make sense, is it supported by
the rest of the story, is it in the first graf?
The story is it fair, balanced and objective?
Libel are there any statements that might be
Substance is the story thorough and complete? Are
there any holes in the story?
Writing - is the story well-written? Is it clear and
Assigning Editor Checklist
- Did the reporter
double-check all names, titles and places mentioned in this story? Did the
reporter properly check all phone numbers or Web addresses?
- Are the quotes accurate
and properly attributed? Have we fully captured what each person meant?
- Is the story fair? Who
or what might be missing from the story? Is the lede or nut graph
- Are there visual
elements possible? Have they been assigned? Have you seen and approved the
- Are the background and
context complete enough to tell readers why the story is relevant?
- Did the reporter sign off on changes made in the
Copy Editor Checklist
- Is the headline accurate
& balanced? Do all aspects of the story and headline seem factually
accurate? Is the story fair? Who or what might be missing?
- Is the background and
context complete enough to give readers a sense of why the story is
- Is the lead sufficiently
supported? Is the story fair?
- Have all phone numbers
and Web addresses been CQ'd? Have you checked the math? Have you checked the
- Have you checked photo
captions and graphics information against the story?
- Have you proofed the display type?