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Slimming It Down: Cutting Content for Different Spaces

About This Course

Sometimes readers don't want the whole story--they want the highlights. But when you have to edit a story for different platforms, how do you keep the news without losing all the details?

This Webinar covers the principles and practices of cutting, summarizing and rewriting stories for different spaces, such as brief news roundups, summaries for apps, mobile and social media, and the traditional limited-space print news hole.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to focus on the most important information
  • How to keep the news without losing all the detail
  • How to ensure the story is relevant to your audience
  • How to rewrite a story to get rid of unnecessary words
  • How to summarize information concisely

Who Should Take this Course?

Writers, producers, editors and anyone who works with words on multiple platforms.

Course Istructor

Lisa McLendon

Lisa McLendon runs the Bremner Editing Center at the University of Kansas journalism school, where she also teaches editing and grammar. She has previously worked as a copy editor and book reviewer at the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle and as a copy editor, designer and desk chief at the Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle.

Training Partner

ACES: The Society for Editing

ACES: The Society for Editing is a nonprofit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

The organization is an international members' alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

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See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.