ERIC Number: ED165154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Some Editorial Games for the Magazine Editing or Writing Class.
Culbertson, Hugh; Scott, Byron T.
Two exercises that can be used with journalism students to help them clarify and think through the editorial process are the repertory grid and the coorientation model. A technique developed in England by the followers of psychologist George Kelly, the repertory grid asks students to rank ten or twelve authors on criteria such as social acceptability, professional effectiveness, and liberalism-conservatism. The student then decides which authors are closest and which are farthest from his or her "ideal self" and "actual self." The follow-up discussion clarifies the issues involved in defining oneself (or a more detailed analysis is achieved through the use of a computer). The second exercise, the coorientation model, requires students to rank or rate story titles or leads according to interest or probable readership for themselves and for a clearly defined audience. These ratings are then compared with hypothetical play in editing a publication or with actual survey results of audience ratings. Effective use of these two techniques involves consistent discussion and evaluation on the individual level, along with statistical analyses. (Author/MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document