Learning How Editing Can Make You a Better Writer

I’ve been getting to write more stories for work, which has been great in terms of developing my reporting and writing skills. I’ve found that line and copy editing stories for Poynter Online throughout the past year has made me a better writer.

It’s taught me to write tighter sentences, triple-check my facts and cut out unnecessary information. It’s also helped me improve my ability to conceptualize an idea and see it through the reporting process. I’m now more readily able to take a big idea and find a focus for it. Perhaps most importantly, I’ve learned how helpful it is to find a focus and talk about a story with an editor on the front-end as opposed to writing the story and then having an editor tell you after the fact that the story is “all over the place.”

Here are some of my recent Poynter Online stories:


Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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