January Tweets Offer Continued Evidence Of Editing Shortfalls

January Tweets Offer Continued Evidence Of Editing Shortfalls

February 2, 2021 Uncategorized 0

While B2B e-news editing mistakes are not widespread, they occur often enough to be a concern for editors who should know better. A need for improvement is clearly suggested by early scoring results of the 9th annual e-news study by Editorial Solutions, Inc. (ESI). Of 30 on-line packages reviewed so far, only six earned a passable basic editing grade.

The most common error is outbursts of consecutive 40-word and sometimes 50-word sentences. ESI’s study allows a maximum average sentence length (ASL) of 25 words.

Another common editing mishap is source-first/news-later introductory paragraphs. And then there are many sites where existing headlines could be replaced by newsier content buried farther down in the articles.

If you appreciate being reminded of possible editing technique improvements, like those that follow, be sure to visit me on Twitter.

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