Recommendation for a usage book for a journalism student

Subject: Recommendation for a usage book for a journalism student
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 12:39:20 -0500


I know there are some veteran journalists on the list. My son the freshman, who is the copy editor of his small college newspaper, asks:

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Dad,

I am applying for Copy Manager for next year. I am almost certain I will get the position. I'd like to do it well, and I'd like to get myself in better shape for the Dow Jones Test in a year or two. I have The Elements of Style and I've read it a few times. I have the AP Stylebook and the AP Guide to Newswriting, both of which I've read partially. I own and have read William Zinsser's On Writing Well, and I own the Chicago Style Manual, which I have yet to crack.

I don't know if you've taken the Dow Jones Test, but you probably took something similar. It is a one hour test with a multiple choice usage section, a fill-in-the-blanks current events section, and two stories to edit and head.

What usage book would you recommend, if any? I'm in favor of prescriptivism.

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So, any suggestions for him?

Thanks,

Dick


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