ERIC Number: ED361733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Magazine Editors and the Writing Process: An Analysis of How Editors Work with Staff and Free-Lance Writers.
Schierhorn, Ann B.; Endres, Kathleen L.
Editors of business and consumer magazines chosen by a random sample were asked in a mail survey what method they used in working with staff writers and free-lance writers. They were asked how they work with writers in the five stages of the writing process--idea, reporting, organizing, writing and rewriting. The first mailing to consumer publications provided 77 responses and a follow-up questionnaire yielded 23 responses. These l00 responses yielded 97 usable surveys, or a 59% response rate. The survey showed respondents used an "ad hoc" method of working on stories. This differs from the process method of writing instruction, which is the dominant teaching method in the magazine journalism classroom and has been embraced by the newspaper industry under the name of coaching. Editors also were asked to what extent they involve writers in a creative team, a cooperative effort by writers, editors, photographers, artists and designers who collaborate on the most effective way to tell the story. The survey showed that these editors had not embraced the creative team approach, even though it is promoted at industry conferences. (Contains 9 data tables and 20 references.) (Author/NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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