I’m on a list! Hello to anyone who has arrived here via Journalism.co.uk’s 36 blogs by journalists, for journalists, which was published today (and updated in the future in January 2022).
If you’re struggling for work and interested in making the digital transition from being a print sub, then you’ll find a fair few posts here on that. It’s the reason I started this blog. In fact, I still think blogging is one of the easiest and cheapest (free!) ways to self-train in digital publishing. Just set up a basic blog on WordPress.com (or platform of your choice) and Google anything you get stuck on.
Having made the transition, I don’t keep this site updated. My main site is now at fionacullinan.com, which has evolved into a hub for work and other projects. (Future update: in 2022 I’ve transitioned again. Still working as a digital content editor but also working as a walking artist. Who knew?).
Meanwhile, here are five of the most popular reads from Subs’ Standards, which tell a story of digital transition that will probably become more of a historical document in time. Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by.
Here are the quick links to my Blogger’s Style Guide. This is the ‘how-to’ that I give to my company bloggers when they start writing posts for their employer’s blog. It acts as a support document for those who know their subject well, but know little about blog writing or publishing in general.
The Blogger’s Style Guide
- How is blogging different?
- What readers like / ideas for your posts
- How to structure long posts
- Short or long?
- What does SEO mean for writers?
- Links are good!
- Five tips on tone
- Comments and feedback
- Writing a good title
- Don’t fall foul of your boss – or the law!
After calling for a universal style guide in a recent post, well, here it is:
Style guide for online sub-editors
Thanks to journalism.co.uk for the set-up. It’s editable for your learning pleasure and is full of tips, links and explanations for print subs moving over to online. Would be great to hear the input and suggestions of subs and copy editors, or go to the wiki and add your tuppence worth there.
There’s loads of things I haven’t covered, or haven’t covered enough. Please help and make this work-in-progress a useful resource.
Posted in Good practice, Links, Tips & advice
Tagged checking, hot tips, house style, online copy editing, online etiquette, online journalism, online sub-editing, style guides, tone
Nice tablecloth. Pic: Cronewynd/Flickr
Was bemused to listen to the awful Freelance National Anthem – but think the endline is wrong. Freelance writers have the the joy of working in pyjamas. Working ‘in the buff’ is just plain wrong. Or am I being naive?
What do you wear when working from home? And, less contentiously, what time do you get dressed?
Maybe the writer just couldn’t find a rhyme for pyjamas…
Get your red pen out, or should that be grey mouse? The first steps towards a style guide for subs and copy editors working online are being taken by Martin Stabe, online editor at Retail Week. Huzzah!
This follows The Times finally changing its style for Bombay to Mumbai. Because even though the city officially changed its name in 1995, the recent attacks have zoomed Mumbai up the Google search rankings, so much so that it has now become the preferred search term of UK users. It seems The Times is playing the SEO game – and rightly so.
Martin says he’ll be posting a public Google Docs soon for subs to contribute to. But I wonder if a wiki might allow for a wider take on this, encompassing a central place to house preferred search terms across a multitude of topics. Think of all the online women’s sites, for example, that would like to know that ‘lose weight’ is the search term to write in over ‘diet’ (according to Google Trends).
Anyone up for it?
Also, since ‘fall’ scores higher than ‘autumn’ and ‘copy editors’ beats ‘subs’, should we also start brushing up on our American English?
Is your new role in the 21st century newsroom here?
It’s a breakdown of the personnel, roles and tasks in the 21st century newsroom – in the gospel according to Paul Bradshaw of the OJB.
Recognise what you’re doing – or perhaps what you might want to be doing? Check it out and add to the suggestions…
Getting into full swing on delicious these days:
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