Editing Project

Copy edit for Sidelines:

Since there were some complication with meeting up with a sidelines editor at my assigned time, I ended up just copy editing via email and Google Docs. Brinley Hineman, the Sidelines editor, sent me three stories to work on.

I had a story about MTSU’s board of trustees meeting and then two stories about music. That made it interesting for me since I had to look up a lot of terms in the AP stylebook that I had never looked up before. I had to research a lot about certain titles and learned that “board of trustees” is almost never capitalized. I also learned that you must spell out “rhythm and blues” in the first use in your story. I also looked up the spelling of a lot of musicians and had to look up proper racial terms for one of the music stories. Overall, I learned a lot about certain AP style techniques. Here are the stories I worked on:

The Weeknd ambles through hazy sadness on ‘My Dear Melancholy’ EP

Bruno Mars and the issue of cultural appropriation in pop music

MTSU board of trustees approves 2 new academic programs, other university changes in first quarterly meeting of spring semester

Find 10 copyediting errors:

#1: Why you should go to the 3rd annual Nashville VegFest

Incorrect: Rice was named one of the country’s “Hottest Plant-based Chefs” by Thrive Magazine.

Correct: Rice was named one of the country’s “Hottest Plant-Based Chefs” by Thrive Magazine.

#2: Why you should go to the 3rd annual Nashville VegFest

Incorrect: 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.

Correct: 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 percent discount.

#3: Rappers Lil Yachty, Blackbear blow the roof off Murphy Center for MTSU spring concert

Incorrect: The headlining performances were preceded by an MTSU student hip-hop artist going by the name Qualls who—alongside his live band—served as the opening act for the event.

Correct: The headlining performances were preceded by an MTSU student hip-hop artist going by the name Qualls who, alongside his live band, served as the opening act for the event.

#4:  Rappers Lil Yachty, Blackbear blow the roof off Murphy Center for MTSU spring concert

Incorrect: Minutes after, Blackbear took the stage with his band that was comprised of a drummer, a bass player who doubled as a keyboardist and a sound engineer.

Correct: Minutes after, Blackbear took the stage with his band that was comprised of a drummer and a bass player who doubled as a keyboardist and a sound engineer.

#5: Rappers Lil Yachty, Blackbear blow the roof off Murphy Center for MTSU spring concert

Incorrect: He—like Blackbear—also performed songs from his earlier projects as well as his most recent one, “Lil Boat 2.”

Correct: He, like Blackbear, also performed songs from his earlier projects as well as his most recent one, “Lil Boat 2.”

#6: Rappers Lil Yachty, Blackbear blow the roof off Murphy Center for MTSU spring concert

Incorrect: Yachty’s set ended up being the highlight of the night as not only did the crowd rock with him, but they also formed a mosh-pit on the floor when he requested.

Correct: Yachty’s set ended up being the highlight of the night as not only did the crowd rock with him, but they also formed a mosh pit on the floor when he requested.

#7: Ethan Phillips, The Schwa, Exiled to Earth, Ill Spector play diverse sets at Bonhoeffer’s

Incorrect: The Cookeville native recently transferred to MTSU to study Audio Production join the vibrant music scene.

Correct: The Cookeville native recently transferred to MTSU to study audio production join the vibrant music scene.

#8: Ethan Phillips, The Schwa, Exiled to Earth, Ill Spector play diverse sets at Bonhoeffer’s

Incorrect: They describe themselves as a “Post-garage rock band of the early 2000’s.”

Correct: They describe themselves as a “Post-garage rock band of the early 2000s.”

#9: Ethan Phillips, The Schwa, Exiled to Earth, Ill Spector play diverse sets at Bonhoeffer’s

Incorrect: The Schwa began as a joke in Greenville, SC, when Phillips and Intile wanted to make a band.

Correct: The Schwa began as a joke in Greenville, South Carolina, when Phillips and Intile wanted to make a band.

#10: Civil rights activist, Southwest Minnesota State University professor reflect on Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy at MTSU

        headline correction: Jr.’s, not Jr’s

Incorrect: 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.

Correct: 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.

 

Attend a Friday Sidelines meeting at 2 p.m.:

 I attended a Sidelines meeting on Friday, March 23 at 2 p.m in the Center for Innovation in Media. When the meeting began, each section split up with their editors: sports, news and lifestyles. Everyone was in the same room so it was pretty loud as everyone in each section was talking about pitches, etc. I went with the lifestyles group since I have done work with them before. There were only about three to five people in the other groups, but lifestyles had around eight.

Tayhlor Stephenson, the lifestyles editor, lead the meeting. This was the week before Easter weekend, so the main conversation for pitches was Easter. Tayhlor discussed how editor positions will be available soon since so many of the current editors are graduating. Pitches were thrown out by everyone in the group, including local events such as local easter egg hunts, the MT Fashion Show, Nashville Bunny & Brew, International Family & Food night, as well as pitches for Easter listicles and an Easter and April Fools Day article idea. The meeting only lasted about 30 minutes total.

 

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