It’s Dow Jones season. That’s when students across the country apply for editing internships with the Dow Jones News Fund.
The application includes a one-hour test that assesses skills in story editing, headline writing, word choice and current events. Here are some tips on how to get ready for this closed-book test:
- Review news for the past year, including deaths of noteworthy people. Sports and entertainment may be included along with national and international news.
- Know the terminology of journalism such as search engine optimization.
- Study word pairs listed in the AP Stylebook: who/whom, affect/effect, flounder/founder, etc.
- Memorize the state locations on a U.S. map. You’ll need to link current events to the states they took place in.
- Watch math carefully. You can expect math errors in the stories you edit.
- Practice headline writing for print and digital media. Know how to tweet.
- Take tests from past years on editteach.org.
Good luck to all of the students taking the test this year.