Copy Edited… Must-read links: 28 May – 3 June

Free data journalism handbook launched (Online Journalism Blog) – The Data Journalism Handbook is “free, open-source book that aims to help journalists to use data to improve the news”.

Telling wannabe journos “Don’t work for free” doesn’t help (Online Journalism Blog) – A discussion piece on the pros and cons of journalists working without pay.

Is linguistic inflation insanely awesome? (Macmillan DIctionary) – Is massively hyperbolic hyperbole leaving writers nowhere to go?

The problem with banning words (Sentence First) – Stan Carey (the writer of the previous post) looks at whether its constructive to prohibit writers from using certain words.

Shorthand: Still an essential part of a journalist’s toolkit? ( – Do reports still need shorthand? (The short answer: Yes.)

Ethical lessons learnt from covering the Norwegian massacre ( – Part of’s coverage of the Global Editors Network #HacktheNewsroom  summit, this report looks at how Norway’s news media approached the Oslo bombing and massacre, and gained respect of its readers and viewers.

Aggregation guidelines: Link, attribute, add value (The Buttry Diary via – Advice for reports who aggregation – combining and referring to online reports and posts – to improve their stories.

Seven tips in digital storytelling from the New York Times and CNN – ( – New York Times‘s assistant managing editor discusses how the newspaper is adapting to digital journalism, at the News World Summit.

5 Things Your Online Journalism Portfolio Should Include (10,000 Words) – These days journalists should have an online portfolio. These are the things you should include. It’s basic stuff, but easy to overlook.

New blog tracks ‘best practices in digital journalism’ ( – A report on Best Practices: a blog looks at and discusses how journalists deal with complications print journalists face on a daily basis (like corrections).

The corrections column co-editor on… the changing role of the sub-editor (The Guardian) – The editor of the Guardian’s corrections column details how the role of the newspaper’s sub-editors have changed with The Guardian’s move to a digital-first platform.

Online journalism jobs – from the changing sub-editor to the growth of data roles (Online Journalism Blog) – Another look at how digital publishing, and the rise of data journalism, is changing the role of journalists.