Sunday, September 26, 2004

Come in prepared

If you're planning on applying for a newspaper copy-editing job, expect to take at least one copy-editing test.

In the few jobs I've angled for, I've faced editing sloppy, libelous copy. I've had to cut stories for length and write headlines and cutlines. I've been quizzed on current events, spelling and grammar.

So how do you bone up? Nothing beats practice. And the American Copy Editors Society makes it a little easier by compiling quizzes on its Web site.

AP Style will be critical. Editing will be a factor. The Supreme Court often comes into play.

You should look at all of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund's past tests for its summer editing internships.

And brush up on your math. Know how to figure percentage change.


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