Editing Project

Note: This post is an editing project for my class.

  • Project Part I: Finding copyediting errors from MTSU Sidelines 

Note: For this portion of the project, I have found copyediting errors in various Sidelines articles. Original article links are posted first; then, the selected error is highlighted in red and corrections, also in red, are made below.

  1. Link to original article here.

“We are just trying to present the other opinionI believe TrumpCare is the republican’s ‘final solution’ for poor people. I think now the oligarchs want the poor and the old to die as quickly as possible to save money for the insurance companiesThat is class genocide, and it’s starting to be practiced right now,” Michael Zen, 64, said.

According to the AP Stylebook, an ellipsis should be preceded and proceeded by a space (see page 419).  

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10-year-old Jaydan Legg from Pleasant View, Tennessee, was also waiting in line in the hope of seeing the president.

When used at the start of the sentence, ages should be spelled out (see page 198).

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Ozment, whose law firm, “Ozment Law,” specifically deals with cases of immigration, is a strong advocate for immigrant rights.

Law firms do not need to be put in quotation marks (See this AP article and this one.).

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The Constitution Day, September 17, is the anniversary of the day in 1787 when the United States Constitution was signed. Though the Bill of Rights was not ratified until 1791, Sidelines will be breaking down one of the first ten amendments each day between now and September 17.

Numbers after nine are written as figures (see page 198).

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Terry Huff, an MTSU alumni, has been helping adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for 20 years. Recently, Huff released his book, “Living Well with ADHD,” which features the everyday trials of people living with ADHD and ways to overcome them.

Use “alumnus” when referring to a man who has attended a school. The term “alumni” is the plural form to refer to a group of men and women (see page 14).

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder does not need to be capitalized (See this AP Stylebook Twitter post and this AP article.).

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The bill passed with a vote of 35-3 and is on it’s way to Mayor Megan Barry for approval.

Use the form “its” and not “it’s” to show possession in a sentence (see page 146).

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“Everybody was in the same boat, and me being here in the south living on the farm, you are kind of naïve. You didn’t think about it,” Soper said in regard to women’s suffrage. “But I thought it was wonderful when you could vote. And I think it’s terrible that women were denied the vote for as long as they were.”

The word is written as “naive,” according to the AP Stylebook (see page 187).

Capitalize directions when they designate regions (see page 82).

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Donald J. Trump’s path to victory was paved with shouts of anger and dissent built on the ideal which brought the most controversy and strength to his campaign: Anti-political correctness.

Because the information after the colon is not a complete sentence, the first word should be lowercase (see page 417).

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An important character will find themselves in grave danger and the director will drastically shift the tone of the sequence with stirring music and slow motion.

Because the information after “and” can stand on its own as a sentence, there needs to be a comma before the conjunction (see page 418).

  1. If there are two things that Republicans generally enjoy, it’s Ronald Regan and the free market.

President Ronald Reagan’s name is spelled incorrectly.

  • Project Part II: Working in the CIM at Sidelines 

    For the second part of my project, I worked in the CIM, where I edited a story about MTSU adding a dance major. For the most part, there were few errors in the article. Since there weren’t any other articles to copy edit at that moment, I spent a good deal of time proofreading the same article for errors. There were some tricky grammatical fixes that I had difficulty finding in my AP Stylebook (i.e. when to capitalize educational degrees, whether to put apostrophes in those titles), so I referenced the AP news website for additional help. Overall, the experience went smoothly.

  • Project Part III: Attending a student media meeting

    This student media meeting was the first that I have ever been to, and I didn’t really know what to expect. When the meeting began, Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media, pitched a potential story to students. One attendee summarized recent news. (One that comes to mind is the birth of the baby hippo at the Memphis Zoo.) During the meeting, which lasted less than 30 minutes, three students in attendance mentioned upcoming events that they are going to cover, such as a campus-wide egg hunt and the Student Writing Awards. Everyone was knowledgeable and informed on current events and seemed to have a plan for future stories.

    Honestly, since I didn’t really know what to expect from the meeting, I had little to contribute. After having seen a familiar face at that meeting, though (one student there was in my media law class), I feel more encouraged to get involved at the media center.


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