Micro Editing for Style, Spelling and Tightening


In this chapter, we continue our look at micro editing, or making sure the mechanics of writing are correct, by looking at three more areas. Correct style means writing something that matches the way your local or wire-service stylebook say is correct. Correct spelling means following those same stylebook preferences, and if a word isn’t found there, then matching it to the spelling in the dictionary that’s preferred where you work—generally in journalism, Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Tightening means making sure the writing says everything that needs to be said but in no unnecessary words or words that are less conversational.


By far, the main stylebook American ...

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