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Covering yourself for surprise success (Members only)
Advice given by an agent when writing a book for a flat fee.
How I Want You to Write (Members only)
A guideline on writing for Good Taste Magazine
Find out what writers can do about it.
By: Samantha Perry
The next PR or marketing person who asks me if they can approve/proof-read a story before it goes to print is going to get the kind of reaction from me that makes a nuclear explosion look calm, controlled and harmless. Thereafter I will take a dictionary, and hit them repeatedly over the head with it, until they beg me to let them look up editorial integrity, and press freedom.
You want to write, you’ve got a great idea for a story, you’ve made a few notes – but your life is just too busy to find the time to get behind your computer.
Media Monitoring has produced a booklet on reporting children.
Why You Shouldn't Do Your Own Editing - By Tiffany Markman (Members only)
Check, Check and Double-Check - By Tiffany Markman (Members only)
Recession? Freelancers, Do More Marketing! By Tiffany Markman (Members only)
Newcomers to Safrea often ask on the members-only Safrea Google group for tips on where to find good resources for editing style and grammar rules. We thought it would be worth posting one of the answers here.
Keeping track of story submissions (Members only)
Sonar free writer submission tracking software keeps short stories and freelance articles organised and submitted.
Note: Safrea hasn't tested this software so can't provide a recommendation - but it looks useful.
Fact-checking policy: dealing with difficult interviewees (Members only)
A discussion on the Safrea members-only Google group revealed that many journalists struggle with interviewees who want to make unreasonable changes to articles before they go to print. There is a fine line between accepting factual changes and being persuaded to rewrite an article into an advertorial by a forceful interviewee.
Georgina Guedes (Safrea member) responded to the emails by providing guidelines for a fact-checking policy and the rationale behind the various points.
UK COURT HANDS DOWN LANDMARK RULING ON INTERNET PUBLICATIONS
The English courts have recently held that a newspaper will be liable for defamation if it continues to make a defamatory story available via its website after the person defamed in the story has been cleared of wrongdoing.
Read more in Webber Wentzel February 2010 News (PDF, 246kb)