Watch Your Words : The Rowman and Littlefield Language-Skills Handbook for Journalists

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-14
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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Watch Your Words is an accessible reference on the fundamentals of punctuation, grammar and word usage. This brief handbook uses straightforward examples that are easy to consult and understand. It contains self-tests and answer keys that assist in sharpening language skills and mastering Associated Press style. Updated to reflect recent changes in AP style, Watch Your Words equips journalism students and professionals alike with the basic tools to produce clean copy. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Marda Dunsky is a seasonea editor and educator, having been an editor at the Chicago Tribune and a professor of editing at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. An editorial consultant, she also teaches writing and media courses at DePaul University.

Table of Contents

Language Skills: Whys and Whereforesp. vii
Punctuationp. 1
Rules and Guidelinesp. 2
Conjunction Junction: Comma Rules for and, but and orp. 5
Nonessential vs. Essential: That vs. Whichp. 6
Punctuation Self-Testp. 11
Grammarp. 13
Basic Terms and Conceptsp. 13
Grammar Terms and Concepts Exercisep. 15
Mapping Who vs. Whomp. 16
Making the Right Choicep. 16
Practice Sentences: Who vs. Whomp. 16
Other Rules and Guidelinesp. 17
Grammar Self-Testsp. 27
Usagep. 29
Rules and Guidelinesp. 29
Usage Self-Testp. 39
RECAP: Comprehensive Self-Testp. 40
AP Stylebook Study Guidep. 42
AP Style Self-Testsp. 43
Spellingp. 48
Homonyms and Other Sound-Alikes Exercisep. 49
Spelltrapsp. 50
Copy-Editing Symbolsp. 53
Copy-Editing Symbols Self-Testp. 53
Basic Symbolismp. 54
Supplementary Self-Testsp. 55
Punctuation/AP Style Testp. 55
Grammar/AP Style Testp. 56
Usage /AP Style Testp. 57
Final Language-Skills Testp. 58
Answer Keysp. 61
Punctuation Self-Testp. 61
Grammar Terms and Concepts Exercisep. 63
Grammar Self-Test Ip. 64
Grammar Self-Test IIp. 65
Usage Self-Testp. 66
RECAP: Comprehensive Self-Testp. 67
AP Style Self-Test Ip. 69
AP Style Self-Test IIp. 71
AP Style Self-Test IIIp. 72
Homonyms and Other Sound-Alikesp. 73
Copy-Editing Symbols Self-Testp. 74
Punctuation/AP Style Testp. 75
Grammar/AP Style Testp. 76
Usage/AP Style Testp. 77
Final Language-Skills Testp. 78
Indexp. 81
About the Authorp. 83
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