about wordiness – how to recognize the symptoms and cure the disease. (Posted Feb. 10,2005) Notes on accuracy. The first lesson that beginning journalism students should learn isthey are obligated to present accurate information to their audience. Many of the procedures of journalism are directed toward achieving accuracy. Editing students need to be reminded of this goal, too. It is the editor's job to ensure accuracy. This web sitecontains a set lecture/discussion notes that I use for my editing class when talking withthem about accuracy and how to achieve it.An additional note: John Early McIntyre, assistant managing editor for the copydesk atthe Baltimore Sun, has an excellent piece on the Poynter web site about the importance of editing. In it, he cites a 2003 conference on Editing for the Future held at the FirstAmendment Center in Nashville. The web site for the conference contains manyresources for those interested in editing, including a session devoted to accuracy. Thatsession was led by Margaret Holt, customer service editor of the Chicago Tribune.During her presentation (which can be viewed on video at the site), she told the story of the time when the Tribune got serious about guarding against inaccuracies:Since 1992 the Chicago Tribune has hired a proofreader to do an errors-per-page annualreport, so the newsroom can track errors from year to year. "We were abysmal startingout," she said. "I think we were as high as 4.82 errors per page."However, the Tribune's accuracy program kicked into high gear in 1995 when it sufferedan accuracy "meltdown." A senior writer misidentified a top Tribune executive in anobituary of a beloved editor. That executive was "not happy," Holt said. The obit was published on a Saturday, and by Monday, the executive ordered the Tribune to establishan error policy.(Posted Feb. 9, 2005)Editor dilemmas. George Daniels, my friend and colleague at the University of Alabama,has developed an excellent exercise on some of the management dilemmas that editorsface in dealing with reporters. The exercise is based on some of the guidelines that editorsshould use in building their relationships with reporters that are outlined in Chapter 12 of Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. These dilemmas are designed toget students to think about the dual roles editors have as keepers of the journalisticculture and as managers of people. (Posted Feb. 2, 2005)Twain takes aim.In a famous 1895 essay, Mark Twain delivered a stinging critique of oneof America’s 19th century literary icons, James Fennimore Cooper. Twain was very mucha modern writer, advocating active, descriptive verbs and short rather than long words.His essay is worth reading, not necessarily for what it says about Cooper, but for what itsays about writing itself.