Help wanted: Another editing study
For a research project, I’m seeking help in determining the indicators of good editing: things you see -- or don't see -- that tell you a story has gotten appropriate treatment at the stage between the writer and the reader. If you’re interested, please answer these questions in the comments field (or send an e-mail if you prefer). I'm especially interested in the opinions of editors, but non-editors and non-journalists are encouraged to join in too.
- What are three features of grammar that help you tell whether a story was well edited?
- What are three features of style that help you tell whether a story was well edited?
- What are three features of content that help you tell whether a story was well edited?
Would you describe yourself as:
A heavy reader of news?
A moderate reader of news?
A light reader of news?
An editor in print or online journalism?
A print or online journalist who isn’t an editor?
An editor who doesn’t work in print or online journalism?
None of those?
I plan to use answers in designing the study. The goal is to see how audiences perceive the importance of editing. Feel free to answer anonymously; I’ll treat answers as anonymous, and they won’t appear in the study itself. I'm also posting this at ACES and TCEs. (Sharing encouraged, but one response to a customer, please.) Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for your consideration.