Journalism 133: Prof. Craig: Editing Checklist

Editing Checklist

Both reporters and editors are responsible for the accuracy of the information in their publications.  Below is a checklist for editors to follow, adapted from Steve Buttry's list for reporters and editors.

Final Checks Before Submission

  • Numbers & math (have someone check your math)
  • Names (check vs. notes and one other source)
  • Titles (people, books etc.)
  • Locations
  • Compare quotes to notes/recording/transcript
  • Check attribution (insert link if from the web)
  • Definitions
  • Verify URLs (check them and whether cited content is still there)
  • Public phone numbers (call them)
  • Spelling & grammar
  • Spellchecker errors
  • Have you assumed anything? (If so, verify, hedge or remove)
  • If you have any doubts, recheck with the original source.
  • Where your understanding is weak, read the final copy to someone who does understand.


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