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    Copy Editing


    Caregiving Coverage Style Guide
    Journalists should avoid “ageist” language that depicts older adults in offensive, dismissive, unflattering, or incorrect ways. These might be terms such as “frail,” “doddering,” or “over the hill.” The New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative, a coalition of universities and news partners in these two states, has developed this guide to help.

    DeepL Write
    Cut/paste a selection of text and this tool will tell you how to improve it. Has free and paid models

    Quillbot Paraphraser
    Reworks copy into a more professional style. Good for writing formal emails. Has free and paid models

    WordTune Spices
    Advanced word processing tool. Has free and paid models

    IJNET: 13 Tips for Investigating Political Disinformation

    An AI-driven writing tool that paraphrases what you say.

    The Media Manipulation Casebook

    Find more editing resources on the Trust and Verification’s Fact-Checking page.

    Verification Handbook (second edition)
    From Craig Silverman, this guide gives you tools to verify digital content for emergency coverage.

    Google Fact Check Explorer
    Look up and see a timeline of current fact-checks on news stories.

    The American Copy Editors Society site offers editing tips, contests, quizzes, headline writing exercises, conferences and much, much more.
    A must-bookmark reference site for copy editors.
    Resources for copy editors and those who teach it.

    This Word Does Not Exist
    Hit reload to see a new word that’s made up.

    The Elements of Style

    StyleBot Newsletter
    Stylebot helps media professionals save time without sacrificing quality by answering copy editing questions on Slack and Microsoft Teams. Sign up for Stylebot’s newsletter to get one writing tip a week.

    GIJN: Editing on a Smartphone

    Quill: This Checklist Will Help You Edit Faster and Better

    MediaShift: Advice for Journalists Working with Traumatic Imagery Five Proofreading Tools Every Journalist Should Know About Spelling and Grammar Check Tool
    Has free and pro versions, including a Chrome plug-in

    Language, Please
    A living resource for all journalists and storytellers seeking to thoughtfully cover evolving social, cultural and identity-related topics. With guidance, tools, and access to inclusivity readers, it offers necessary context to help newsrooms make informed decisions about the language we use. Language, Please was established by Vox Media with funding from the Google News Initiative’s Innovation Challenge. It features a style guide, an interactive edit test, tips for improving diversity in news coverage, and a directory of inclusivity readers.

    DeepL Write
    Cut/paste a selection of text and this tool will tell you how to improve it. Has free and paid models

    Quillbot Paraphraser
    Reworks copy into a more professional style. Good for writing formal emails. Has free and paid models

    WordTune Spices
    Advanced word processing tool. Has free and paid models

    Quill: Tools to Copy Edit Like a Boss

    Chicago Tribune Grammar Cheat Sheet

    AP Stylebook Archives
    Set up a free account and search archives of past stylebooks to the early 1900s. Very cool to see how dynamic language is.

    ACES: Journalism Tools for the Modern Copy Editor

    Lose the Very
    Gives you synonyms to words to help avoid using the word very. It’s VERY effective.

    Trans Journalists Association Style Guide

    Poynter: Digital News Organization Style Guide

    Global Investigative Journalism Network: Fact-Checking and Verification

    Global Press Style Guide

    Conscious Style Guide
    A series of style guides that focus on people with disabilities, race, etc.

    NABJ Style Guide
    List of racial identifiers, capitalization, links to other style resources, etc.

    Race Forward: Best Practices for Journalists Reporting on Police Killings of Black and Brown People

    The Slot: The Nine Commandments of Caption Writing

    NPR Training: Caption Guidelines

    Multimedia Toolkit AP Style Photo Captions

    International Journalists’ Network: Writing Photo Captions

    Poynter: Six Tips for Writing Photo Captions

    For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

    Verification Junkie
    This tool from Josh Stearns centralizes several social media verification tools in one place. Great for reporting and fact-checking on deadline.

    FirstDraftNews: The 5 sources of fake news everyone needs to look out for online

    Google Newsgathering and Verification Tools

    IJNET: 13 Tips for Investigating Political Disinformation

    Caregiving Coverage Style Guide
    Journalists should avoid “ageist” language that depicts older adults in offensive, dismissive, unflattering, or incorrect ways. These might be terms such as “frail,” “doddering,” or “over the hill.” The New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative, a coalition of universities and news partners in these two states, has developed this guide to help.

    American Press Institute Fact-Checking Resources

    CUNY: Fact-Checking, Verification and Fake News Guide

    GIJN: How to Spot Deep Fake Videos

    ICFJ: A Short Guide to the History of “Fake News” and Disinformation

    Visualize the spread of claims and fact checking.

    First Draft News: Newsgathering and Monitoring on the Social Web

    VettNews Cx Tool
    The VettNews Cx tool improves the news organization’s process of correcting mistakes, receiving feedback and involves the public in doing so. This improves audience loyalty and subscription revenue. The Cx Tool button and dashboard system also offers monetization possibilities through advertising / underwriting.

    An AI-driven writing tool that paraphrases what you say.

    IJNet: 10 Tips to Enhance Your News Editing Skills

    Trusting News Guide: Corrections Audit

    Quill: Is That the Right Word?
    This article covers several word usage mistakes and how to remedy them.

    Communicate corrections and engage your audience. Watch the training video. It’s a great workflow.

    Bellingcats Digital Forensics Tools
    Open source verification and investigative tools.

    How to Monitor Social Media for Misinformation

    Global Investigative Journalism Network: Advanced Guide to Verifying Video Content

    Amnesty International: YouTube DataViewer
    Get a video’s thumbnails and do a reverse image search on them in one click.
    A reverse lookup of You can locate a site by registrant.

    Indiana University: Tips and Resources for Fact-Checking and Detecting Fake News

    Track where and how fake news is spreading over social channels. Built by Indiana University.

    Duke Reporter’s Lab: Fact-Checking Sites/Efforts Essential Guide to Responsible Reporting in an Age of Information Disorder

    Public List of Fake News Sites

    Reveal Image Verification Assistant
    Uses a variety of techniques to verify a photo and show if it’s been doctored. Upload or link to a photo. Does a good job of explaining the science of digital image forensics.

    First Draft News Fact-Checking Resources

    The Media Manipulation Casebook

    5 Tools for Verifying YouTube Video

    Font Joy Font-Pairing Tool
    A free, bowser-based tool that matches fonts that work well together.

    Journalist’s Resource: Tips for Journalists Working With Math

    Poynter: Four Guidelines for Writing SEO-Friendly Headlines

    Diversity Style Guide
    “A resource to help journalists and other media professionals cover a complex, multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity. The guide includes terms and phrases related to race/ethnicity; religion; sexual orientation; gender identity; age and generation; drugs and alcohol; and physical, mental and cognitive disabilities.”

    This Word Does Not Exist
    Fun exercise. Just keep reloading the page and it shows made-up words.

    Analysis tool that shows you what in your writing may be keeping someone else from understanding the impact of your work. Offers a free trial.

    Sixteen Great Typography Resources

    Shared library of fonts and other resources.

    The Journalist’s Resource: 5 Tips for Avoiding Mistakes in News Headlines About Health and Medical Research

    Analyze My Writing
    Copy and paste a sample of your writing into the box on the screen and it will analyze it for readability, passive voice, etc.

    Uses AI to offer suggestions for restructuring sentences.

    IJNet: Tips for Editing Investigative Stories

    First Draft News Reporting Tools
    Social newsgathering, verification, law/ethics. A great collection of resources

    iA Writer
    Tool lets you concentrate and clarify your message. It cuts out noise, lets you focus on what you want to say, and helps you structure and trim your text. Available for Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android.

    Beewriter helps people revise their writing by giving them suggestions for alternative wording and helping them correct mistakes. This makes it very useful for journalists who have to write a lot and want to make sure they’re choosing the best phrasing for their content. Beewriter provides its users with tons of ideas so that they can be confident they’re happy with their final wording. Paid plans as low as $5.

    First Draft News: Free Guide to Verifying Photos and Videos

    First Draft News: Verification Toolbox

    NY Times: Satellite Images and Shadow Analysis: How The Times Verifies Eyewitness Videos

    How to Verify Information from Twitter
    Great tips from Steve Buttry.

    These videos were created by the SPJ Education Committee. Here’s a playlist of all of its training videos.

    Reverse image search. Good for fact-checking photos.

    API: How to Tell If a Photo is Fake
    Great tips and video.

    Poynter: Fact-Checking How-to Guides
    From the Annenberg Pubilc Policy center, the site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

    Journalist’s Resource: Writing Accurate Headlines for Science Stories

    American Press Institute Fact-Checking Resources

    Washington Post: Fact-Checker’s Guide

    Washington Post: Fact-Checkers Guide to Manipulated Video

    Washington Post: Fact-Checker Tool

    Poynter: Fact-Checker’s Code of Principles

    Duke Reporters Lab: Fact-Checking Efforts Around the World (map)

    10 Best Fact-Checking Tools

    Gigaom: Resources for Fact-Checking News
    Tool for building data visualizations on mobile.

    First Draft News
    Guide to navigating eyewitness media, from discovery to verification.

    How Can Newsrooms Verify Video from Eyewitnesses?
    Great set of resources from First Draft News.

    FirstDraftNews: Understanding the Fake News Ecosystem

    Storyful’s Open Newsroom
    A Google Plus hangout where you can collaborate with other editors to check and verify the news.

    Slate: Myths and Misreporting about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
    Tips and cautionary tales about reporting on disasters.

    Politifact: Seven Steps to Better Fact-Checking

    An excellent site on newspaper writing and reporting from Bob Baker of the LA Times. The site offers a dynamic e-newsletter on writing, editing and newsroom collaboration.

    Editing a Web Site: Extending the Levels of Edit
    Describes lessons learned by a university editing class when they edited a web site.

    Grammar Guide
    Now part of!

    You Don’t Say Blog
    Baltimore Sun’s John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism and more.

    ACES: The Grammar Guide
    Pam Nelson’s blog.

    Finding and Fixing Typos
    This post is full of good tips.

    Crap Detection Resources

    Top 25 Grammar Mistakes
    From PR Daily.
    Rumor tracking.

    Washington Post: 150 Journalism Cliches

    Kok Edit Copy Editor’s Knowledge Base
    Copy editing resources from Katharine O’Moore Klopf.

    Bill Walsh’s copy editing blog.

    These videos were created by the SPJ Education Committee. Here’s a playlist of all of its training videos.

    Mr. Rewrite Tumblr
    Great examples of misspellings, grammar, punctuation errors etc. Priceless examples for those teaching editing classes.

    Headline Formulas for Tweets, Posts, Articles and Emails

    JournoResource: Math for Journalists
    Covers some of the basics: mean, median, etc. Also has links to other tools.

    Common Sense Journalism Blog
    From Doug Fisher, senior instructor at the University of South Carolina journalism school and executive editor of the Convergence Newsletter.

    Six Places to Find Free Online Images
    Professor Kenna Griffin gives a great list of resources.

    Yale’s World Wide Web Style Manual
    Describes lessons learned by a university editing class when they edited a website. Free Grammar Checker

    Five Free Tools for Finding and Verifying YouTube Videos in News

    American Heritage Dictionary

    After the Deadline
    Download this desktop tool to check grammar and style, do contextual spell check and more. It’s more advanced than Microsoft Word.

    noreferrer”>NewsGuard: The Internet Trust Tool
    Get detailed ratings of more than 4,500 news websites that account for 95% of online engagement with news. See ratings displayed as icons next to links on all the major search engines, social media sites, and platforms. See who’s behind each site and whether it has a record of publishing accurate information. Learn how each site fares on the nine journalistic standards NewsGuard uses to assess each site.
    An index of unreliable news sites, compiled by RJI fellow Barrett Golding, former executive producer of the NPR-distributed, Peabody Award-winning, Hearing Voices.

    Newsroom Transparency Tracker
    A tool that equips you to assess the transparency of leading national and regional media outlets by surfacing the policies, practices, and people behind the news. The Tracker encourages media outlets to be accountable to the public and empowers the public to make informed choices about the news they watch, listen to, and read.

    2013 AP Stylebook Quick Quiz
    Answers at the bottom so don’t scroll down too far.

    Wall Street Journal Grammar Quiz
    Take an interactive quiz.

    SPJ Pinterest: Grammar Goofs
    Some great examples of what not to do.

    Free Mac app that checks spelling and grammar

    After the Deadline
    Checks spelling and grammar.

    Tool to edit texts and improve your writing style. It will teach you to express yourself through writing more efficiently and help make your texts more readable, precise, and engaging. Expresso does not save entered texts to protect privacy.

    Grammar-checking tool.

    Checks frequency of words in a passage

    10 Words Everyone Should Know How to Pronounce
    Web site helps to calculate main text statistics. Text entered can always be saved in proper format. Even PDF documents can be loaded and analyzed.

    2012’s Nine Most Hilarious NY Times Corrections

    The Ancient Newspaper Editor Blog
    Fun blog about news issues (and some interesting essays from Steve Fagan, a retired newspaper editor with 43-plus years in the business.

    Subversive Copy Editor
    Great blog on editing issues and trends.

    On the Media: Consumers Guide to Breaking News
    Partly in jest, this graphic does offer some sound advice.
    Free grammar, punctuation and other rules.

    Poynter: Regret the Error Blog
    Craig Silverman on errors that media make. Prepare Yourself for the Next Viral Hoax
    Check out this advice to make sure you are prepared for the next viral hoax.
    Reports on media corrections, retractions, apologies, clarifications and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in the press. It was launched in October 2004 by Craig Silverman, a freelance journalist and author based in Montreal.

    99 Verification Tools

    Twutorial for Copy Editors
    Steve Buttry’s Powerpoint presentation.

    AIM: Accuracy in Media
    Explores fairness and balance in news stories. Covers recent issues with blogs and other updates.

    Heads Up the Blog
    Informative blog on copy editing and headlines.

    Stinky Journalism
    Journalism, online journalism ethics and accuracy blog.
    Mistakes in movies, books, etc.

    EnglishGrammar: Word Counter Tool

    Six Places to Find Free Online Images
    Professor Kenna Griffin gives a great list of resources.

    Thsrs: The Shorter Thesaurus
    A great tool for headline writing. This thesaurus gives you synonyms the same length or shorter than the word you enter. This helps if you’re stuck on a headline and can’t think of a concise word to use on a tight headline count.

    20 Slack Apps You’ll Love
    Keep your desk and newsroom organized.

    Confusing Words
    A database opf more than 3,000 words that get confused with other, or are difficult to understand. It?s great for sorting out small grammar issues, too.

    First Draft News: Verification Toolbox

    First Draft News: Verification Training Course
    A free one-hour online course to help detect misinformation.

    Common Usage in English
    Search/sort alphabetically. Great quick reference on issues like tenet and tenant.

    It Figures: Figures of Speech

    Copyeditor’s Knowledge Base
    Proofreading and copy editing tools galore.

    Slanguage: Slang Terms
    A collection of regional, national and international slang terms.
    If you don’t have Word handy, enter a sentence or paragraph in this web-based tool and it will check for grammar errors.
    Packed with useful word search tools, enter whatever related word you can think of and the site will help you find what looking for. You can find words that rhyme, similar spellings, synonyms and antonyms, similar sounding words, match consonants and more.

    First Draft News
    Essential newsgathering and verification resources for journalists.

    NY Times Weekly News Quiz
    Do you read the newspaper? You better!

    AP Style Exercises Online
    Developed by Ron Hartung, writing/editing coach at the Tallahassee Democrat.

    NPR Training: Six Tips for Catching Your Writing Mistakes

    Put in an image URL or drag a photo into this free tool to see how much editing has been done to it. Great for fact-checking fake photos.

    Jeffrey’s Exif Viewers
    Review a photo’s metadata. Helps with verification.

    Google Images: Reverse Image Search
    Fact-check photos and see when they were first posted.

    Video: How to Use Google Reverse Image Search

    Similar to Google Image search. Fact-check photos.
    Social backgrounding tool helpful for fact-checking. Gives you rich insights into any public twitter profile. Data about topics, mentions, hashtags, followers, location and more.
    Find info on the person behind the email address, social username or phone number. Great for verifying account legitimacy.
    Free people search tool.
    Search people by name, phone, address and social media account.
    Type in a domain name, IP address or person’s name to find site information or who owns/registered what online. for Facebook
    Track down a Facebook ID and search for information/posts by that person in FB.

    Use for fact-checking locations of photos and videos shared on social media.

    AP Stylebook Online
    You make the call: A one-year subscription to the online version is $20. You can buy the print copy for $12.50. The site does have some “web-only” content.

    Crash Blossoms: Headlines Gone Wrong
    A great site that highlights awful headlines and implied meanings. A must-bookmark for copy editors and teachers.

    Addictionary: What’s Your Word?
    Look up obscure useful words here, including slang and pop-culture language.
    Free site that offers video lessons, exercises and much more.

    AP 9/11 “Situational Stylebook”
    AP style basics for common terms in 9/11 stories.

    Dictionaries on the Web
    More than 100 links to dictionaries in 40 languages

    Gallery of Misused Quotation Marks
    Copy editors are into sites like this.
    Today’s Media Bloopers.

    Forvo: Pronunciation Guide

    Newswriting Cliches

    West Egg ClicheFinder Search Engine
    More than 3,300 indexed cliches. Look them up and edit them out of stories.

    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
    Tips on writing, punctuation, grammar, usage, etc. Great podcasts where GG answers user-submitted questions.

    RhymeZone Shakespeare Search Engine

    The New York Times Manual of Style and Libel
    You have to register. Then click on store, then books.
    Resources for college journalism instructors.

    My Favorite Word

    Worldwide Words
    Michael Quinion writes about international English from a British perspective. Fun with pop culture catch phrases.

    A great site for copywriting tips. Targeted to marketing/advertising but it also has resources for editorial copy editors.

    Forbes Investopedia
    Dictionary of business terms, articles, tutorials, calculators and other helpful tools. Online Checker
    Free online service for spotting inconsistencies in documents (it checks Word, PDF and text files).

    Fast Company: How to Write Short

  Paid Editing Checker Demo Video
    This is a paid checker that spots a variety of mistakes in documents. It’s a plug-in for MS Word that is particularly popular with professional copy editors.

    Tim Berners-Lee’s CERN Style Guide

    Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time

    Editor Real Talk Tumblr
    Need a fun break from a desk shift? Visit this site (just for fun).

    Behind the Grammar
    Blog by Grammar Girl’s Mignon Fogarty. She blogs about writing, language, business, some tech.


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