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  • Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:35pm
    Dawn McIlvain Stahl
    Job opening: News Editor for WSJ.com Greater New York section

    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.

    The news editor will manage the daily online news coverage of the WSJ Greater New York section, including assigning and editing news and features, writing Metropolis posts, and engaging in interactive projects and social media.

    This full-time position requires advanced copyediting skills, mastery of AP style...

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  • Monday, July 28, 2014 - 8:40am
    Adrienne Montgomerie
    How to Edit the VIP

    Editors are used to phrasing diplomatic queries. Nearly everyone has interacted with an author who sees every suggestion as a personal attack. But it can be even harder to edit some authors’ words: those written by the CEO, the Principal, your boss, or the “foremost authority on X,” for example. How do you tell “the most important person” that their prose need major revision?

    Those Very Important People are less likely to be used to criticism. And though their abilities have brought them into a position of great respect and influence, those abilities probably aren’t related to writing. Writing is hard; and it’s a completely different skillset that they may not have cultivated.

    Inconsistencies, infelicities, libel, atrocious grammar, racist colloquialisms, and plagiarism...

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  • Monday, July 28, 2014 - 5:20am
    Newsletter Sneak Peek: Project Documentation as Prevention and Cure

    by Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, ELS

    We freelance editors like to think we can avoid many issues that staff editors must deal with. But two issues we can’t sidestep are the need to document our actions on each project and the need to manage the discussion when we are mistakenly blamed for project problems. Yes, sometimes we are at fault, but that’s a topic for another column.

    How You Should Document

    If you document everything you do during a project, you can use your records to stay on track as you go. You can also use them later to jog your memory, to determine ways to improve your work processes, and even to defend your reputation if a client incorrectly believes that you are at...

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  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 4:09pm
    Dawn McIlvain Stahl
    Wordoku: Sudoku for Wordies, Summer's Bounty Edition

    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]:  


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