Journalism Exercise 1: Copy Editing for News with AP Style With your AP Style Manual as your main resource, copy-edit the printed story for grammar, punctuation, AP Style, word choice and other error

Journalism Exercise 1: Copy Editing for News with AP StyleWith your AP Style Manual as your main resource, copy-edit the printed story for grammar, punctuation, AP Style, word choice and other errors. You are editing for actual errors only, not performing rewrites. (In other words, if something doesn’t ‘sound right’ or isn’t as you would write it, that’s a “rewrite” and not an actual error. You are only looking for errors here).

In a Word Document, highlight/underline each error you find and designate each highlighted error with a number. Make a corresponding numerical list of each error and each fix you made. So, if “necesary” were misspelled, and this was the first highlighted error in the paragraph, you would put “#1” on the story print out and then on your separate piece of paper you would start your list as: #1. necesary misspelled — necessary.


What you turn in should look something like this

Note – these are not actually the errors, this is only an example

(1.)Republican canidate Angus King (2.) continued his three month fundraising lead over his rivals for Maine’s open US senate race. This is according to fundraising figures from the latest reporting period released by the candidates’ campaign’s, all of which put King at least 3 points ahead of the Democratic and Independant nominees.

1. Republican –fixed to republican

2. Continued – fixed to continued

… And so on until you have found all the errors and listed them in numerical order.


Learning Objective: Demonstrate an understanding of how to begin to use your AP Style Manual as a reference book. Demonstrate an ability to edit for basic English grammar and punctuation. Demonstrate an ability to begin to use AP Style to edit journalistic copy.

Performance Levels (From the Syllabus): In a journalism class, story grading largely has to do with strong writing, getting your facts right, and steering clear of grammar, spelling, and style errors. An “A” grade is earned when you execute completion of assigned work in a way that indicates preparedness, effort, and careful attention to the assignment requirements. Satisfactory completion of assigned work indicating basic effort and/or basic grasp of the concepts, on the other hand, will earn a grade in the “C” range. Any work that displays significantly less than is required, has extensive errors, or is lacking effort, will earn a “D” or an “F.”

You will be graded on the following criteria:

1. Edits (40%) : Were all the errors in the paragraph identified and correct, using basic English grammar and usage rules, and using AP Style? 2. AP Style Book (40%) : Do your edits conform to AP Style and do the edits demonstrate a basic understanding to using the manual?3. Formatting (20%): Was your work formatted and submitted properly (errors highlighted, corrections listed, etc)?


Republican canidate Angus King continued his three month fundraising lead overhis rivals for Maine’s open US senate race. This is according to fundraising figures from the latest reporting period released by the candidates’ campaign’s, all of which put King at least 3 points ahead of the Democratic and Independant nominees.

Mr. A. King has been involved in Maine politics for two decades. The Stanford university graduate resides in Lewiston and is also the first Republican to hold the position of Maine state Governor since 1995. Meanwhile, IndependentCharlie Summers accelerated the pace of his fundraising during the past quarter while Democrat Cynthia Dill fell even farther behind her 2 opponants in the funds race. Dill added less to her Senate campaign account between July first and Sept. 30 then she did in the previous quarter.

Analysts have described her showing as “less than ideal” and “unlikely to mount a fraction of the support needed”.3rd-quarter campaign finance reports were due to fedaral election Officials on Monday. Dill’s campaign released it’s full report Sunday while the campaigns for Summers and King released aggregate fundraising numbers Fri and Monday, respectavely. King added more than $1.1 million, to his fundraising total between Jul. 1 and Sept. 30, according to figures released by his campaign. That brings the former governor’s fundraising total since he entered the race in March to nearly two point one million.

King’s campaign had $464,000 left to spend as of September 30, compared to $503,000 he had on hand at the end of June. The campaign said fifty three % of its total contributions have come from within ME and 20 % has come from private doners. “The generous donations given to my supporters and I have given us all a renewed sense of hope as we go forward in securing a strongvoice in the Senate for Maine”, King told reporters. His next campaign stop will be in Yarmouth, before he attends the Republican National Conference, in WA DC, on the seventh of December.

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