There are three ways in which you all have been editing over the last month. The first edit (this month) came in the form of the editors looking for missing information, taking out unrelated information, suggestions for rewriting, recognizing unanswered questions so you can find the answers, and reorganizing the information into the best order. The second being the basic edits, which include punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc. The third is the layout forum, when the pages are already in layout form and you are making them look better.

Now that we have gone to print, and each of you has a little experience, you can begin recognizing these errors also. Now that you have edited the final newsletter, we are going to create a checklist that we will refer to regularly and add to so we can make sure the same mistakes don't happen again.

Common Revising Errors to Watch For:

  • The most important information is put in the first paragraph (or the best quote)
  • Every article must have direct quotes from the people interviewed.
  • In between each quote there should be a sentence written by the reporter so it is not a string of quotes one right after the other.
  • Quotes that are in sentences still need to have periods after them.

Common Editing Errors to Watch For:

  • There is a place, their is a pronoun referring to a group of people, and they're is a contraction for they are.
  • Names are a huge deal. We have a list that has everyone in our high schools name, and they are spelled right. Get the list and check the names you have on your page! This will save a lot of time in the editing period, and it will also make your paper lighter when you get it back from editing.
  • When you are putting in a list of names it should be something like this: example: Mrs. Badgley, Amanda, and Lexi. Make sure all of your commas are in there, and that all the names are spelled correctly.
  • First reference said Mrs. Badgley second should say Badgley.
  • Names listed should have commas in between them and and should be lower case.
  • Mr. Jag should be spelled correct.
  • Use the right word like your should be you're.
  • The beginning of each paragraph should be indented but no to far.
  • Percentages at the beginning of sentences should be spelled out.
  • Sentences should be clear.
  • Hyphen in between two numbers spelled out.(seventy-four is an example)
  • Comma to turn two sentences into one.
  • Don't put well at the beginning of sentence.
  • Any way should be anyway.
  • Were should be where.
  • Any one should be anyone.
  • Watch the you, your, and you're's.
  • Make sure you use the right 'a' or 'an'
  • Know the difference in tenses between is, are, was, and were. Make sure to use them correctly.
  • Watch pronoun antecedent agreements (they-we)
  • In journalistic style writing all percentages should be in a number format. Ex- 75%
  • When quoting the same person after the first time, use their last names. Ex- "I love journalism," said Windfield.
  • Make sure to vary your pictures. Don't have picture after picture of the same kids.
  • Watch extra capital letters in Headlines especially, the little words are NOT capitalized. Ex- From the Past to the Future
  • Dateline on Articles- Write specifically where the story took place, and put it directly before the beginning of the article.
  • Make sure the text in your caption is bolder than the text of the article.
  • Make sure ALL captions (names of students) ALWAYS read left to right; and all of the captions are the same size!
  • Listings of words should have "and" at the end right before the last subject in the listing.
  • Put "is" in between words like, "it" and "a".
  • Titles of things should in italics or underlined.
  • Choose fonts that make numbers more recognizable.
  • Theresa and Natasha Montang don't go to school here anymore.
  • Soley is spelled wrong.
  • Take out an and make assistant plural.
  • Take out Mrs. Barton and put in her.


Common Publishing Errors to Watch For:

  • News briefs should have a distinct look with a short precise headline and less than 100 words. They should stand out
  • More than one news brief together should be set off in a box or with a line down the column.
  • Make sure all of your article is on the page. The text box will have a little plus sign at the bottom if there is more to your article that isn't being shown.
  • While doing captions for pictures, make sure you go through the picture and get everyone's name that is in the picture.
  • Briefs should pop out and be eye appealing.
  • Make sure between right and left.
  • Sentences should not be split by quotes.
  • commas before the right word.
  • Period inside quotation marks.
  • Using the right word, Is and was
  • What class is Mrs. Chung's?
  • Using finally before the last paragraph
  • Titles need better font.
  • Don't indent to far.
  • You need to have captions for your pictures.
  • Spacing needs to be even.
  • Make sure to lighten the pictures before you print them out.
  • Shorten the indents on each paragraph. - 5 spaces between margins and the start of the new paragraph.
  • Make sure there isn't a lot of pictures of the same people.
  • Name what they dressed as.
  • Don't repeat pictures.
  • Give some quotes of what the people in the pictures are saying.
  • The date and issue number should be under the title.