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UO Associate Professor leads session on ‘Better Copy Editing and Headlines’ at Fall Press Day

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If you want to improve your skills in these two important areas, this hands-on workshop is for you. All levels are welcome.

John RussialJohn Russial has taught editing, writing, and new media courses at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication for 11 years. He spent 17 years working for daily newspapers, the last 12 at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was Sunday copy chief. He is active in the American Copy Editors Society and occasionally leads professional workshops for copy editors and reporters. Russial has a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, a master’s from Syracuse University and a doctorate from Temple University. He studies how technology and organizational change affect copy editing and newspaper quality.

Background

In 1999, Russial won the School of Journalism and Communication’s Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching, and he was named Outstanding Educator for 2003 by the Newspaper Division of AEJMC. Russial’s 17-year newspaper career includes 12 years at The Philidelphia Inquirer, where he was Sunday copy chief. Before that, he was a reporter, editor and computer systems manager at hte Bethlehem (Pa.) Globe Times. He is the author of Strategic Copy Editing, a textbook published in December 2003.

Research

Russial’s interests include exploring the impact of changing technology on news work, particularly editing, and on newspaper quality. His other interests are organizational change, new media and media criticism.

9781572309265_p0_v2_s260x420His book, “Strategic Copyediting,” helps students master the craft of copy editing — including both the editing skills and the “people skills” essential to professional success. Experienced newspaper copy editor and professor John Russial covers the fundamentals and more: how to edit for grammar, punctuation, usage and style; attend to broader issues of fairness and focus; develop strong headlines and other display elements; and work collaboratively with reporters, other editors and designers. Special attention is given to the copy editor’s role as critical thinker and coach as well as resident wordsmith. Throughout, proven editing strategies are explained and numerous concrete examples and practical tips offered.

This pragmatic text helps students master the craft of copy editing — including both the editing skills and the “people skills” essential to professional success. Experienced newspaper copy editor and professor John Russial covers the fundamentals and more: how to edit for grammar, punctuation, usage and style; attend to broader issues of fairness and focus; develop strong headlines and other display elements; and work collaboratively with reporters, other editors and designers. Special attention is given to the copy editor’s role as critical thinker and coach as well as resident wordsmith. Throughout, proven editing strategies are explained and numerous concrete examples and practical tips offered.

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UO Associate Professor leads session on ‘Better Copy Editing and Headlines’ at Fall Press Day