Design And Implementation Of A Computerized News Editing System

Project and Seminar Material for Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Project and Seminar Material for Computer Science and Computer Engineering


This project was centered on computerized news editing system. The current process of news editing is being operated manually and due to this procedure numerous problem are been encountered. A design was taken to computerized the manual process in order to check this problem. The problems were identified after series of interviews and examination of documents after which analysis was made and a computerized procedure recommended. This project will also suggest how to successfully implement the computerized procedure and to overcome the obstacle that would hinder the successful implementation of the system. The new system was designed using visual basic 6.0 language. This language was chosen because of its easy syntax and features for developing windows based applications.

Table Of Content

Preliminary Page(s)

  • Title page
  • Certification
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Abstract

Chapter One


  • 1.1 Background of the study
  • 1.2 Statement of the problem
  • 1.3 Purpose of the study
  • 1.4 Objective of the study
  • 1.5 Scope of the problems
  • 1.6 Definition of terms

Chapter Two

Literature Review

Chapter Three

System analysis and design

  • 3.1 System analysis
  • 3.2. Methods of data collection
  • 3.3. Problems of the current system
  • 3.4 Objective of the new system
  • 3.5. Main menu specification
  • 3.6. Overview of the systems flowchart
  • 3.7 Systems design
  • 3.8 Procedural flowcharts

Chapter four

System implementation

  • 4.1. Introduction
  • 4.2 Justification of the programming language used
  • 4.3 System requirement
  • 4.4 System testing
  • 4.5 Training and retraining of staff
  • 4.6 Changeover procedure
  • 4.7 User manuals

Chapter five

Summary, conclusion and recommendation

  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.2. Recommendations
  • 5.3 Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendixes

Chapter One


1.1 Background Of The Study

The advent of computer technology has completely changed the way things are done globally. These effects of computer Technology can be fall in all field of study, consequently giving birth to the automation of process of activities in various field of human endeavor.

This study will seek to usher in automation of the news editing system. it is believed  that the traditional news editing system is grossly  in efficient and ineffective . These hare been the reason behind the epileptic news presented on daily basis by journalists to their teaming audience globally.

This study will be carried out with the view of designing a new system that will take good care of the ineffectiveness that characterized the existing system and automation of the entire process of news editing.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, editor come from the Latin phrase “e ditus’’ which means “to put forward’’.  Therefore, News Editing is the process of preparing language, News, for presentation to the audience, through correction, condensation, organization and other modification.  A person, who edits, especially professionally or as a hobby, is called an editor.

News editing involves reviewing text written on topical issues, and identifying errors related to the use of language in general or adherence to specific style guide. This activity ensures that News is of good quality. In large media houses, experienced function writers are dedicated to the News editing function.

News sources includes: official records, publication or  broadcasts, official in government or business, organizations or corporations, witnesses of crime, accidents or other events, and people involved with or affected by anew event or issue.

1.2 Statement Of The Problem

News editing as it regards to the journalism profession is characterized by numerous problems. The problems that characterized the existing system are actually responsible for the fall in the quality of news production and presentation. The problems with the existing system include:

  1. Reviewing of reports submitted by reports on the field
  2. Identification of errors in the reports, this includes: grammatical errors, spelling errors, punctuation errors etc.
  3. Condensation of reports into meaningful and concise piece
  4. Organization of the reports in an orderly manner for presentation to the audience.
  5. And other modifications.

1.3 Purpose Of The Study

Like other studies or projects carried out on various issues in different fields of human endeavor, globally, the purpose of this study is as follows:

  1. Firstly, this study will try to find out new ways of reviewing reports that are far better than the existing method.
  2. Secondly, to seek a way of editing News that will take less time when compared to the former or traditional method, existing system.
  3. Thirdly, this study will try to discover methods of improving the quality of edited piece of news done by the editor.
  4. Lastly, the purpose of this study is to uncover an easier way of correcting the errors commonly found in reports from the field directly.

1.4 Objective Of The Study

The aim of this study (project) is to design a new system that will surpass the existing system in the following areas:

  • Reviewing of reports
  • Detection of errors
  • Correction of errors
  • Summarization of reports

Furthermore this study will aim at automating the entire process of news editing system that will further enhance News editing in terms of:

  • Quality
  • Timeliness
  • Accuracy
  • Relevance
  • Importance
  • And correctness.

1.4 Scope Of The Study

The scope of this study will cover all the activities and processes that are involved in News Editing from the submission of news reports to the final News editing process. These will further lead to the design and implementation of a blue print for the automation of news editing system (existing system).

1.5 Definition Of Terms


The use of machines or computers to do work that was previously done by people.


Information about something or an event that has happened recently.


The process of preparing a piece of writing by correcting the mistakes, making improvements.


A person who edits.


A person who collects and reports news.


A person who reports news from a particular country or on a particular subject for a newspaper or a television or radio station.

Chapter Five

Summary, Recommendations And Conclusion

5.1 Summary

This project work through critical design and dedicated supervision has been carried out and presented as a contribution to the use of information technology.

The existing system was studied and this new system has been designed to take care of the inefficiencies of the old system. This system carries out news editing processing with maximum security and accuracy. It is depressing that there is slow adaptation to new technology in various organizations. But I hope that after the introduction of this software, there will be a change.

5.2 Recommendations

Computer has become an indispensable tool to all fields of human Endeavour. For the management to be able to perform the functions which include planning, editing, organizing, controlling, directing, coordinating and decision making? There is need for a computerized system.

When news records are computerized, it will go a long way to help the management. I therefore, recommend this software to the organization, if not now, should consider it in future.

5.3 Conclusion

The conclusion of this project work is based on the advantage of computer-based system over a manual system. This project work in success has produced a news editing software which can be used to edit and publish news accurately in the organization.

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