This month marks 50 years since President Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, establishing a “National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes” (Public Law 88-577 [PDF]).
American University is seeking an assistant editor to join its Current magazine team in Washington, DC. Established more than 30 years ago as a magazine about public media in the US, Current is now an “editorially independent journalistic service” of American University School of Communication. It is published biweekly and also has a dynamic website at Current.org.
Last day to camp or boat, first day to indulge in pumpkin spice lattes, end of the summer season, beginning of the fall semester, a celebration of industry, a day of rest -- no matter what it means to you, Labor Day weekend is upon us here in the U.S.
The Materials Research Society (MRS) is seeking a technical editor to join its MRS Bulletin team in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. Established more than 40 years ago, MRS is a 16,000-member, international, interdisciplinary organization that promotes research and communication concerning materials science. MRS Bulletin is a leading monthly publication that covers advanced materials research news, commentary, reviews, and more.
Forty years ago today, in the midst of impeachment proceedings and with little public or political support left, President Nixon announced his resignation. In the televised address from the Oval Office, Nixon said he hoped his resignation “will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”
Scholastic is seeking a copy editor to join its trade publishing team in New York City. Scholastic’s trade publishing division publishes about 600 books a year for readers under 18. Popular series and lines published by Scholastic include Captain Underpants, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Goosebumps, Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Lego, the Magic School Bus, and Star Wars.
For years I’ve heard that text expansion software could save me time by reducing the keystrokes needed to type out oft-repeated phrases. And for years I’ve treated that idea like an unworthy hack, the late-night infomercial of productivity ideas. I figured I’d rather cut down on the boring repetition of my phrasing than on the time it takes me to type out that phrasing. I still think I may have had a point there. But text expansion users have a point, too.
Dow Jones is seeking a news editor to join its Wall Street Journal Greater New York team. WSJ has 36 million monthly online viewers and a thriving Greater New York section that includes the real-time reporting and news blog Metropolis.
Farmers markets, garden plots, window boxes -- summer produce is beginning to appear everywhere you look. If you’re among those who have put in the labor to nurse fruits and vegetables into existence or to search out the best of summer’s bounty in the markets and shops, may you be blessed with the best basketfuls of produce. And only as many of your neighbor’s cucumbers and zucchinis as you want.
To correctly solve our bountiful Wordoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once [difficulty: moderate]:
By education and career choice, I am a moderate prescriptivist (with descriptivist sympathies).* In my personal communication, I carefully “couldn’t care less” and I enjoy the game of keeping fewer and less in distinct count and non-count realms. In my professional life, I edit or query any nonstandard usage. It’s part of what my clients pay me to do. So I was surprised to realize that I had, for the first time, used literally to describe something that wasn’t literal -- and that I was okay with it.