Spring 2018: Editing Final Project

  • Copy Editing for Sidelines:

    There were a few complicated twists and turns on my path to copy editing for Sidelines. The designated person failed to show up at the time I had signed up for, so I actually ended up doing my edits over email via Google Docs shared with me by editor Brinley Hineman.

    The actual editing part was easy, but time-consuming and tedious, if I’m being honest. I have a renewed respect for the people who do this all day, every day. I was also shocked by how many times I had to admit defeat and check the AP Stylebook!

    The story I worked on is linked below.

    Opinion: Bruno Mars and the issue of cultural appropriation in pop music

  • Attending a 9 a.m. Student Media Meeting:

    I was actually the only person to show up for the meeting I attended, and it also started a little late because of this. I basically just spent the entire time talking to WMOT’s Mike Osborne about current events and his work. He also asked what I was working on lately and we discussed that for a while. I don’t mind being the only person to show up, because it made me a connection! Mr. Osborne said to come by anytime I needed ideas for a story and he would be happy to help me dig something up. I’d call that a pretty productive meeting.

  • 10 Sidelines Copy Editing Errors:
  1. Article: ‘A new me’: A freshman’s every thought as the semester begins.
    Sentence: Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was a brace-faced, awkward 8th-grader bursting through the doors like I owned the place?
    Mistake correction: eighth-grader.

  2. Article: Softball: Blue Raiders swept in doubleheader at No. 20 Kentucky
    Sentence: The Wildcats high-powered offense was too much for MT, as they were swept in the series with a 12-1 final score in the first game and a 10-1 in the second.
    Mistake correction: Wildcats’.
  3. Article: Rappers Lil Yachty, Blackbear blow the roof off Murphy Center for MTSU spring concert
    Sentence: He—like Blackbear—also performed songs from his earlier projects as well as his most recent one, “Lil Boat 2.”
    Mistake correction: He, like Blackbear, also performed songs…
  4. Article: Ethan Phillips, The Schwa, Exiled to Earth, Ill Spector play diverse sets at Bonhoeffer’s
    Sentence: The Cookeville native recently transferred to MTSU to study Audio Production join the vibrant music scene.
    Mistake correction: audio production

  5. Article: Ethan Phillips, The Schwa, Exiled to Earth, Ill Spector play diverse sets at Bonhoeffer’s
    Sentence: The Schwa is band featuring Eric Intile, Cooper Phillips, Garrett Victor and Connor Stith. They describe themselves as a “Post-garage rock band of the early 2000’s.”
    Mistake correction: post-garage rock band
  6. Article: Ethan Phillips, The Schwa, Exiled to Earth, Ill Spector play diverse sets at Bonhoeffer’s
    Sentence: The Schwa is band featuring Eric Intile, Cooper Phillips, Garrett Victor and Connor Stith. They describe themselves as a “Post-garage rock band of the early 2000’s.”
    Mistake correction: 2000s
  7. Article: Ethan Phillips, The Schwa, Exiled to Earth, Ill Spector play diverse sets at Bonhoeffer’s
    Sentence: The Schwa began as a joke in Greenville, SC, when Phillips and Intile wanted to make a band.
    Mistake correction: South Carolina
  8. Article: Civil rights activist, Southwest Minnesota State University professor reflect on Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy at MTSU
    Sentence: McLemore stated that he was a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst when he heard on the radio about King’s death in Memphis, Tennessee, and Kolnick was riding in a car as a nine year old with his mother in Los Angeles when he heard the announcement on the radio.
    Mistake correction: nine-year-old

  9. Article: Why you should go to the 3rd annual Nashville VegFest
    Sentence: Rice was named one of the country’s “Hottest Plant-based Chefs” by Thrive Magazine.
    Mistake correction: “Hottest Plant-Based Chefs”
  10. Article: Why you should go to the 3rd annual Nashville VegFest
    Sentence: Tickets for VegFest are $10 and are available through the event’s website. MTSU students can use promo code “mtsu” at checkout for a 50% discount.
    Mistake correction: 50 percent
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