Peer Editing Checklist for Hard News Stories
Editor’s Name: __________________________
Please read through your partner’s news story with an eagle eye. Here, circle “YES” or “NO.” Make comments where needed to help the writer revise. You should also write on the draft.
YES NO Does the headline contain a verb and subject and tell us what the story is about? WHAT IS THE ACTION AND SUBJECT? ___________________________________________
YES NO Does the story begin with the news story lead that introduces the 5 Ws and 1 H?
YES NO Is the news lead organized from most important to least important?
YES NO Does the lead follow what the headline promised?
YES NO Does the story go from most important to the least important? (Inverted Pyramid Format)
YES NO Does each paragraph develop a SPECIFIC detail?
YES NO Has the story maintained the focus promised in the headline/lead?
YES NO Have direct quotes been used?
YES NO Have primary sources been quoted or paraphrased?
NAME THEM: ___________________________________________________
YES NO Have secondary sources been quoted or paraphrased?
NAME THEM: ______________________________________________________
YES NO Are there authority sources in the story?
NAME THEM: _______________________________________________________
YES NO Have people been named using their full names the first time mentioned, and then referred to only by last name in all the following references?
YES NO Has each quote been crafted correctly? Note the format:
Gokturk said, “I certainly hope so.” Or, “I certainly hope so,” Gokturk said.
NOTE COMMON ERRORS: ______________________________________________________
YES NO Are the paragraphs no longer than 60 words? (1-3 sentences)
YES NO Is the whole story roughly 300-600 words?
YES NO Is the writing concise, omitting all padding (extra words)?
YES NO Is the story written objectively (no bias)?
YES NO Is the use of the personal pronoun eliminated? (No "I" or "we")
YES NO Is the spelling and punctuation correct?
YES NO Is the story written in the past tense (if it already happened)?
NOTE COMMON ERRORS: _______________________________________________________
To the Editor: Please return this sheet to the writer so that s/he may make revisions.
To the Writer: Please turn in this peer editor sheet after you have made your revisions so your peer gets credit!