Editors of English throughout the world will gather in three weeks in Toronto for Editing Goes Global, a national conference with the most international flavor yet. Hundreds attendees are expected, and at least 10 countries are represented: Canada, the United States, Great Britain, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Morocco, Cambodia, and Ghana.
William Zinsser, who died on Tuesday at 92, believed that writing should be simple and direct and that it should reflect the enthusiasm of the writer. His treatise, On Writing Well, influenced a generation of writers, and Zinsser continued to share his wisdom throughout his life.
This week editors are talking about the release of the latest version of PerfectIt. That is a Word add-in that helps automate the process of ensuring consistency in a manuscript. The new version gives users a lot more control over what it checks for in manuscripts, and adds a host of often-requested tests:
Part of the debate around our reactions to the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent protesting and rioting in Baltimore is the language used. Are the rioters thugs? Are the protestors rioting? Are the rioters actually protesting or just destroying things?
A collection of journalists and other media experts has produced a second installment of the Verification Handbook, a collection of practical advice and case studies on how not to get duped by false information.
The big news in journalism this week has been the publication of the Columbia School of Journalism's findings on how Rolling Stone's November 2014 report about sexual assault on the campus of the University of Virginia went so wrong.
I’ve long espoused the utility of the singular they as a handy pronoun for when the sex of the subject is hypothetical or unknown. But as a copyeditor, I’m beholden to convention—it’s not for me to tell an author they should use a form that some people consider ungrammatical. My job is to provide clarity and avoid bumps along the way.