Editorial Values Statement

updated 4/26/2012


  • To revisit your original values statement from the beginning of the term and self-assess (as a brainstorming method) your progress
  • To revise the original statement to accommodate your change (if any) in editorial values
  • To show me, through a meta-analysis and reflection, what you’ve learned this semester.
  • To prepare a final “philosophy” statement that might serve as a basis for how you would answer the question “What does it mean to be an editor?” for you, which might be useful in answering future interview questions with an employer.


Write a 2-page, single-spaced document (or its equivalent in whatever medium you want, using that medium’s genre conventions) that draws on the original document you wrote (see original assignment below) and that revises it to address the following structure/questions:

1st paragraph: A summary of your overall editorial philosophy.

2nd paragraph: Providing details about a specific editing example/genre (or other relevant unit of analysis/artifact) that describes/shows how you enact your philosophy/values in specific situations. (Make sure you write this for an audience NOT in this class, so make sure you describe texts, technologies, assignments in a way that a potential employer will be able to understand.)

3rd paragraph: (You may or may not have this, depending on the following…) A second detailed paragraph about enacting your editorial values with a different example, genre, etc. (But, even if it’s not different, having multiple examples that show two angles of your philosophy shows how well you can reflect on and learn from your own work.)

–> Make sure that both of these above paragraphs directly address and/or expand on some aspect of your philosophy that you described in the first paragraph!

4th paragraph: Address any additional editorial points that weren’t accommodated by the above paragraphs, including but not limited to: other technologies you can use to edit (but contextualize this so it doesn’t sound like you’re listing skills on a résumé), other editing situations that the above philosophy might apply to. Think of this kinda like an extension of your philosophy into an objectives and future-work statement, without making it sound like an objective statement on a résumé.

TIP: This assignment is modeled on teaching philosophy statements, so you might want to google those to come up with some similar genre-examples. Fwiw, teaching philosophies are one of the most difficult documents for teachers-to-be to write — usually taking 4-5 drafts — so I’ll keep that in mind as I’m reading these, but I also want you to spend some time with these, particularly since you don’t have to complete the portfolio assignment. Share them with each other to get feedback, if you have time.

Turn-In Instructions:

  • If a document: /dropbox/assignments-turnin/portfolio/yourfirstname
  • If a website/Prezi: Email me the URL and make sure to make the document copy-able.

Due: 2:30pm Wednesday, May 2.


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


  • 2:15pm Wednesday, January 25