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Editor's Note: This site began life in late 1996 as a training guide for journalists and journalism students who were moving into online editing. Since then, it has been used by editors from Brazil to Egypt to Tibet, as well as being named one of the best-written sites on the Web by E-Write. As of 2001, the material on this site has been updated and included in the second edition of my McGraw-Hill textbook "Editing for Clear Communication." The book is available from Amazon.com and will be updated yearly, but the site will no longer be updated. I'm leaving it online as a historical document and a starting point.
-- Thom Lieb

No, Dorothy, you're not in Kansas anymore. You've entered the new world of editing for the World Wide Web, a world in which editors are called "producers" and are likely to be heard saying things like "Could you check that CGI script before we FTP those files to the ISP?"

It's a world without boundaries, where television, radio, magazines, newspapers and newsletters bump up against each other — where you can listen to the New York Times through headphones and watch television news on your PC.

It's a place where journalism and marketing peacefully coexist (sometimes). It is a world full of challenges and opportunities — a great place to get in on the ground floor.

This document is an online tour of media companies that have turned to the World Wide Web. It lets you jump directly to the sites under discussion to take a look for yourself. It also suggests what training editors need for this new medium, and offers tips for making Web products work. The document will be updated regularly; your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Don't forget to bring Toto ...

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