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The Art of Editing in the Age of Convergence, 10th Edition by James, L. Pinson, Brian S. Brooks

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CHAPTER 13

Editing for the Web

 

 

When the World Wide Web arrived in 1994, newspapers and broadcast stations began putting their content online. Their efforts reminded veteran journalists of the early days of television, when, absent knowledge of how to use the strengths of that medium, newscasts amounted to nothing more than a reporter reading the news on camera. Similarly, early efforts to put news online amounted to little more than making the text of stories available on the Web.

As the Internet has evolved, online journalism has become more and more sophisticated, and so have editors’ views of what they are doing. Good Web editors now understand that most stories—at least major stories—should not appear on the Web exactly as they ...

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