Online Publications

For this week’s class we read chapter 6, “Getting it Right: Online Editing, Designing, and Publishing”. Carroll goes into great detail about the specifics of publishing work online throughout the chapter. 

He opens up the chapter with a very good statement:

“Web means less attention to detail, less time spent checking, re-checking, verifying and vetting, when in fact the complexity of online media means that there has never been more to inspect” (119).

In essence, although publishing material on the Internet has become efficient and straight-forward, we still have to be sure to go through the same editing process we would for a print publication.

Carroll gives us a step-by-step process for editing material online:

1.) Identify the readers and the purpose of the content

2.) Define document structure and links

3.) Define the style

4.) Edit

5.) Copyedit

6.) Write headlines

7.) Test usability

Additionally, an online editor has to take on the responsibility of many other tasks in order to achieve a successful publication. Often times they have to create multimedia elements for a post, incorporate social media, and online forums for discussion amongst readers.

The role of an editor is evolving alongside all of the innovations in online publication platforms. Whether there is a misspelled word, broken image, or a video that fails to upload, there are a lot of places and editor has to go back and double check to ensure the publication is published correctly. 

With the ability to publish news instantly via the Internet, editors have to be careful to maintain their publication’s credibility. Is it more important to be the first to publish a story or the first to do it the best? 

Questions to Ponder:

1.) Do you think it’s riskier publishing online?

2.) Do you notice errors more in online publications than print?


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