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Hello happy staff! This is just an explanation of my edits, and is an important document inasmuch as it is used. Therefore, please take note, as I will try my best to stick with the colors. I like colors because they help me organize, so all of you are going to like colors because it helps me organize... WORD --Red means "Delete this." Sometimes I will automatically delete a word/phrase when I edit, but if I think that you as a writer will benefit from knowing what I deleted and why, I will only highlight it and send it back to you. WORD --Dark Red means "Fix this". I feel that you should know the style, and will highlight this and send it back to you. WORD --Light Orange means "Break this quote." WORD --Orange means "Run-on sentence; please revise." I will use orange when I don't think I have enough information to correct a run-on sentence. A run-on sentence would look like this: "The concert was an overall success, many people came like the Smith twins and really enjoyed it." This is a run-on sentence. They drive me to distraction. WORD --Dark Orange means "Connect these two sentences if possible". I will use this for the conjunction of sentence fragments. WORD --Light yellow means "Did they really say this sentence/word?" I will use Light Yellow only in quotes, when the subject has said something that doesn't make sense. If the subject really did say an incorrect word or phrase, we can correct them using brackets. Please see the Style and Formatting Guidelines. WORD --Yellow means "Possible error; Did you mean what you wrote?" I will use yellow when I have no clue what you've just written, much less an idea of how to make it sound understandable. WORD --Green means "Style issue; check AP handbook." As of right now, I believe we only have 2 copies of the AP handbook in the COM suite. But, the books are very useful to us as journalists because they list the AP styles for questions like "How do I write a date in my article--is it 2 Jan., January 2nd, or Jan. 2?" The AP handbook will tell you. And, at the risk of sounding horribly sacrilegious and clichè, the AP handbook is the journalist's Bible. We use it all the time. WORD --Dark Green means "Opinion." Please substitute this word with another that is more vague, or delete this word. WORD --Green-Blue means "This is redundant." I will use this when I find a word that has been used twice or more either in the same sentence, or in the last two to three sentences. Find a different term for one of the highlighted words. WORD --Dark Green-Blue means "check verb tense". This is when your tenses don't match within the story. Please make them past tense. WORD --Lightest Blue means "I like this as a pull-out quote." It's merely a suggestion, not a mandate. Writers are encouraged to use this highlighter in Google Docs if they particularly like a few quotes in their piece. Limit pull-out quotes to three (for shorter stories) and five (for longer stories). WORD --Blue means "Capitalize?" If I don't know because I am not familiar with the term, or I cannot find it in the AP handbook, I will use blue.


WORD --Dark Blue means "Spelling?" If I can't read it, or if it should be spelled out, I will highlight it in this color. WORD --Purple means "Clarify WHO or WHAT." I use purple when you use too many "it"s, "this"s, "he/she"s, "they"s and "them"s. Or anything else that I don't understand to whom your sentence is referring. WORD --Dark Purple means "Too common; find synonym." I probably won't use this one as much. WORD --Pink means "possible substitution to clarify sentence/word." This will be found in parenthesis () to the right of the term/words in question. I will not use this very often, only as a means of guidance, and less as an "edit". WORD --Rose means "Vague; clarify sentence/word." I will mark Rose when the sentence isn't quite a fragment, and/or I don't understand the words you utilize in the sentence (i.e. slang terms are to be avoided when possible). This will generally be reserved for sentences that really don't make much sense to me. EDIT: Rose will now be used for terms like 'really', 'a lot', and 'sort of'. WORD --Burgundy/Dark Rose means "Awkward sentence structure. Please revise sentence." I will use this when I want you as a writer to discover a new way of re-telling that sentence. Read the sentence out loud or to your roommate to make sure that someone else understands it too. WORD --Grey are the edits that I made to your original draft--Do not change these!! They are often punctuation edits, as those don't generate as much of a discussion as some of the other colors. Please compare them with your original draft. You can unhighlight these once you have made a note of the changes. These are just for you to learn. Please remember that my edits are meant to help you grow as writers. This is the benefit of turning in articles before they are due. Also, I ask that each writer make a note of my edits and of other editor's edits because we want to see less of the same mistakes. I am hereby setting a "standard" that we must all (myself included) strive to reach. If I come up with something else that needs a color, I will add it to this list. Also, please be kind enough to title your documents with some sort of headline and your name. This will make it easier for me to understand what you are writing about. I'm very excited for this semester, and I hope we can all grow as writers! Have a wonderful day, Elise L. Arvidson Co-Editor

Color-Coded Edits  

These were developed as a dialogue between the writers and myself. They were intended to minimize repetitive mistakes.