Editorial Values Statement

INSTRUCTIONS (for MIDDLE-of-semester philosophy):

Revisit your previous editorial values statement, given the work and readings we’ve done in class so far. Revise your statement to address what you’ve learned about Being An Editor since the beginning of the term, such as how your editorial approach has changed. Or, if your editorial approach has NOT changed, please state why you think that is the case. You might refer to readings or in-class discussions, as relevant, although padding isn’t appropriate.

Turn-In Instructions for mid-term: On the eCampus discussion forum “Editorial Values Revisited”, please copy your revised statement into a post. DUE: Thursday, Oct. 16 (hybrid class).

INSTRUCTIONS (for beginning-of-semester philosophy):

Write a one-page (at least), single-spaced or otherwise designed document that addresses the following questions:

  • List (bullet points, resume style, etc.) what your editorial experience includes. This list should take up no more than 1/3 of your page. Truncate and/or summarize the list, as needed.
  • What does it mean to “be an editor”?
  • What do you value about your editorial role? About editing texts?
  • What do you think are the most important traits for an editor to possess?
  • How does your personality/preference play a role in your editorial work?
  • What kinds of editing and texts (in relation to editing them) do you find yourself drawn to most? Which are you best at?
  • What kinds of editing and texts do you want to improve upon or learn about most?
  • What are your goals as an editor?

Format the page in a logical manner according to your answers. (This may take MANY forms: hierarchical, sequential, spatial, etc.). You will be revisiting this document throughout the semester, so keep an editable copy handy.


  1. Make sure the file is in a readable format (e.g., no INDD files. docs, pdfs, etc., are good)
  2. Name the file: yourlastname-editvalues.extension
  3. Upload a copy to the 353 Dropbox, inside the /editorial-values/ folder Update 8/25: Log on to eCampus and upload this assignment under this class’s Course Content>Editorial Values Statement. [See note about using eCampus on the class blog.]


  • Tuesday, before the start of class

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