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Monday, April 7, 2014 - 2:23pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
Kansas City Fed building, president, quarterly Economic Review

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is seeking a senior editor to join its team in Missouri. The U.S. Federal Reserve is made up of twelve regional banks. The Kansas City Fed serves district ten: Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and parts of Missouri and New Mexico.

The senior editor will provide editorial support for the Kansas City Fed’s research publications, including the quarterly Economic Review and the Macro Bulletin...

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Monday, April 7, 2014 - 8:50am
Mark Allen
Stand-Up Copyeditors Have Desk Options

I’m typing my blog entry standing at a bar that circles a fountain in the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. I do enjoy working at bars (it’s 9 a.m., so the bar itself is closed), and I make a point when I travel of scanning for waist-high surfaces where I can push a stool aside and set up my laptop.

Sitting, recent headlines tell us, is the new smoking. That might not be quite accurate, but it’s a good enough line that standing at work might be The Next Big Thing in healthy lifestyles. Copyeditors who sit all day might want to consider the options.


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Editing, How to
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 9:59am
Mark Allen
Trust is a Forgotten Line Item in Valuing Newspapers

I’ve long been a proponent of online-first for newspapers—focusing on the Web and other electronic methods to get news up soon after it breaks, and then refitting digital stories for the paper edition. But no one seems to be able to do it right.

This week, one operation that seemed to be at least trying hard to do it right, Digital First Media, jettisoned its national newsroom under an unconvincing plan to have individual newspapers focus on online themselves. In other words, it will step back five years and tens of millions of dollars.

In the process of axing the ambitious Project...

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Editing, News
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:57am
Mark Allen
When Did the AP Stylebook Become Cutting Edge?

My prize from the silent auction at this year’s American Copy Editors Society annual conference was a 1970 Associated Press Stylebook. It’s 52 pages, divided into 11 sections.

Some might say the Stylebook should have stopped there, but with a print edition topping 500 pages, the book is proving to be more relevant and useful than ever. I prefer my AP Stylebook online for easy searching.

The old book tells me that had AP not evolved in its thinking, it would still be insisting that calling someone red-headed is a comment on the color of the head and not the hair. Today, AP Stylebook says we can have a redheaded person, and it also tells us redhead can describe “a North American...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:58am
Adrienne Montgomerie
Simperial Spring Cupcakes

The temperature is finally rising above zero in (many parts of) Canada. With the April Fools' Day snowstorm behind us (not so funny), we are really hoping this is spring. In Canada, zero is the temperature at which ice melts. Well, unless you’re my mother, who I think is holding onto Fahrenheit just so that, in her world, it’s been above zero for a month now.

The first few instalments in this simperial series should have given you the sense that Canada has made an uneasy transition to the metric (SI) system of measurement. In daily talk, inches and pounds remain prevalent. Temperature is another case of simperial that editors need to navigate when Canadianizing a text.

Baby boomers largely gave up trying to...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:08am
Mark Allen
AP Stylebook Editors Should Look Again at 'Sic'

The new acceptance of sic by the editors of the Associated Press Stylebook may be a more significant change than their acceptance of over for more than. It’s certainly a bigger can of worms.

Sic is a Latin word meaning “thus,” as in “thus written” in the way we use it in English. At the recent announcement of changes to the Associated Press Stylebook, where the acceptance of over to mean more than made waves, the acceptance of sic...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 5:50am
Erin Brenner
News Roundup: Marketing with Social Media

Featured Topic: Marketing with Social Media

These days freelancers and employees alike are making use of social media to marketing themselves. In this week’s News Roundup, how you can make the most out of Twitter, Pinterest, and your blog.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:24pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
ACES2014 Conference: Session Summaries and Handouts Available

Several of your friendly Copyediting editors and contributors were at the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference in Vegas last month. See?

Copyediting team and friends at lunch during ACES2014

Left to right, that’s editor James Fraleigh with some of the Copyediting team: Dawn McIlvain Stahl, Daniel Sosnoski, Jonathon Owen, Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, and Erin Brenner. Not pictured: Mark Allen, who was fulfilling some of his ACES executive board member duties at the time.

The only thing harder than choosing which of the many dining options to partake of was choosing which of the many...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:32am
Erin Brenner
Tip of the Week: Working with Absolute Phrases

A while back, a reader sent me this sentence:

Given the limits of this plan, the alternative proposal seems more practical.

She correctly identified given the limits of this plan as an absolute participial phrase and an exception to the dangling participle rule. She wanted to know, however, if an absolute phrase could ever be used incorrectly and how editors could tell if it were.

A Few Definitions

Let’s back up and define our terms first. A participle is a verb ending in ing or ed (or the verb’s irregular equivalent) and used as an adjective or a noun. A participial phrase is made up of a participle and related modifiers and...

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:55am
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
Featured Job Post: Assistant Lifestyle Editor for the Herald-Mail, Maryland

Herald-Mail Media is seeking a part-time assistant lifestyle editor to join its team in Hagerstown, Maryland. Created by the merger of the Morning Herald and the Daily Mail in 2007, the daily Herald-Mail serves the tri-state area of western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and northeastern West Virginia. It has an average daily readership of about 60,000 and receives 3 million online pageviews per month.

The assistant lifestyles editor will edit lifestyle stories, a daily calendar of events, and weekly entertainment guides; layout and proof Lifestyle pages; and present lifestyle information and stories on cable news HMTV6.

This part-time position requires a bachelor’s degree in communications, English, or...

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