Thursday, January 25, 2007
Editing 'Relentlessly Local' copy
This semester, students in my Advanced Editing class are the copy editors for writers in another course at UNC, Community Journalism. Together, these students are producing the Carrboro Commons, a "relentlessly local" online newspaper focusing on Carrboro, N.C.

The first results of this partnership went on the Web this week. The Commons is still a work in progress, and we have some technical issues to work on. (Going from Word to InCopy to WordPress isn't as simple as you would think.) For the next issue, we plan to add a companion "print" edition — InDesign layouts that can be downloaded in .pdf.
posted by Andy Bechtel at 3:35 PM | Permalink |


  • At 6:01 PM, Blogger fev

    Andy: Hate to be a testy copy editor, but:

    The roots of American music have once again tapped into the Carrboro music scene.

    "The ArtsCenter’s Fourth Annual American Roots Series kicked off Jan. 5 with a performance by Chris Hellman, a former member of The Byrds, with his longtime collaborator Herb Peterson."

    Would those be Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen? (In which case I'm jealous, but ...)

  • At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    I like the idea of collaboration between the two classes -- my two favorites at the j-school.

  • At 7:29 AM, Blogger Andy Bechtel

    FEV and Katie,

    Thanks for the encouragement and the suggestions.

    As I mentioned in my post, this is a work in progress, and I have a few pointers for my class to focus on for the next issue. (We'll publish every two weeks.) Things should get more polished as the semester progresses.