How bad are the copyeditor layoffs in news media? Also in today’s News Roundup: the AP’s new ruling on same-sex marriage nomenclature; a little-know whiteout; en dash utility; and reasons to slow down your freelance business.
Chairperson has replaced chairman; should actor replace actress? Also in today’s News Roundup, a series of how-tos: proofread a Kindle file; develop a freelance business plan; attend a plagiarism summit; and make the leap to freelancing.
“The Gender Agenda”: Is there a line to be drawn on how neutral to make the language? (Angry Sub-Editor)
“There should be a pen that tells you right away when you’ve made a mistake.”
Falk and Mandy Wolsky went from watching their son learn to write to designing and developing a spelling- and grammar-checker for freehand writing: the Lernstift pen. Using motion sensors, handwriting recognition technology, and pressure sensors, the Lernstift pen is designed to detect errors in letter forms (calligraphy mode) and in spelling and grammar (orthography mode).
For those of you who eagerly awaited the 2011 launch of book-discovery website Bookish, your wait is finally over. With a new media partner—USA Today instead of AOL Huffington Post—and three of the big six publishers financially backing it, Bookish went live on Monday, February 4, 2013.
“Longer than a tweet, shorter than A River Runs Through It.”
The University of Chicago Press, best known among editors for its Chicago Manual of Style, has a new line of DRM-free e-books called Chicago Shorts. The series contains chapter-length offerings of both recent and classic scholarly writing, all intended for a general reader.