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In our latest issue of the Copyediting newsletter, Mark Farrell writes about whether copyeditors should banish words.
Banished Words: Where Do Editors Draw the Line Between Editing and Censoring?
Lake Superior State University recently published its annual list of banished words. This year’s list shuns words such as twerking, hashtag, and selfie.
Should editors take such lists seriously? Moreover, should editors be in the business of what amounts to censorship? I asked a few...Read More »
How can freelance editors best promote themselves using social media? Today’s News Roundup is loaded with tips to improve your online presence. Read on!
- “Social Media Sessions—EAC2014”: Copyediting’s Adrienne Montgomerie shares tweets and lessons on social media from this year’s Editors’ Association of Canada conference. Be sure to check out her other stories, too! (Storify)
- “8 Types of CTAs You Should Absolutely Try on Your Blog”: Writing a blog to market your freelance editing business? Before you write, decide what you want readers to do next. (Hubspot)
- “Manage Your Social Media Presence ”: Take...
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) is seeking an assistant editor to join its editorial team in Alexandria, Virginia. Established in 1896 as the National Association of Local Fire Insurance Agents, IIABA is now a 300,000-member association of independent agents and businesses that offer all types of insurance and financial services. In addition to the print and digital Independent Agent (IA) magazine, the IIABA editorial team produces content for an iPad app, four email newsletters, websites, blogs and social media.
The assistant editor will generate, write, edit, and copyedit AP-style content. Duties will also include...Read More »
A 30-foot-wide screen and two 50-inch monitors can kind of spoil an editor. That’s what I got to use when presenting a session at the Editors' Association of Canada Conference this weekend (pictured). At home the office, I only have two 27” monitors.
Are you still struggling with a single monitor? You may not even be aware of the struggle. It’s worth the outlay.
"A second/third/fourth monitor is very cheap related to the increase in productivity it can bring," is what Sheila McLain McPhee was told by her IT department when she asked for a third monitor.
Why does it save time?
Because you’re not flipping back and forth between documents, searching for the right window....Read More »
There are only so many places one person can be in the summer, but technology at least allows us to keep tabs on other people’s adventures. There are three conferences this month that I will be attending vicariously through the Web and Twitter, as much as those mediums and the good nature of conference attendees will allow.
It was a hundred years ago this month that a Serbian nationalist shot and killed the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire, forever changing the way people speak. World War I involved about three dozen countries and maybe half as many distinct languages. Languages and the First World War will be studied this month in a...Read More »
I have a habit of hearing words in conversation that strike me as nonstandard and then losing the run of conversation while I mull things over in my head. Occupational hazard, I suppose. Digitalization was the most recent word to throw me off as I thought about the differences and commonalities of computer code and fingers and obsolete heart medication.
Digitize is much more common than digitalize, but the longer word is not exactly wrong. Dictionaries call it a variant. The words have long histories dating to before the digital age.
Digitize once meant to point or to manipulate with the fingers, or digits. Finger is a Germanic word, and digit comes from Latin....Read More »
How do you set your freelance editing prices, win the best projects, and make it through the rough patches? Today’s News Roundup shows you how.
- “What Are You Worth?”: Undervalue yourself, and so will your clients. (Publishing Matters)
- “A Step-by-Step Guide to Project Proposals”: To win the good projects, you have to put together a convincing proposal. Here’s how. (Freelancers Union Blog)
- “Dear Newly Self-Employed Editors …”: Freelancing isn’t all roses and chocolates, but this veteran editor has six tips for getting through the rough times. (EditorMom)
A $1000 cash award will go home with student editor Daniel Polowin at this Saturday’s awards banquet at EAC's annual conference.
"The best way of adapting to change is by participating in it," Polowin said in his submission. His plan for doing this has three parts: “learning continuously, developing complementary technical skills, and networking with peers and mentors. The most important part of this, he says is ‘learning best practices in collaboration with one's peers,’” according to the association’s press release.
“This year's...Read More »
“‘Normal’ is a comforting lie we tell ourselves,” said Colleen Barry during a session at this year’s American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference.
According to the US Census Bureau, 19 percent of US citizens have a disability. The disability can be visible or invisible. It can be congenital or acquired. Physical or mental. Chronic or temporary.
Disabilities can be, and are, as varied as the humans who have them.
Given that, how should copy describe individuals with disabilities, and what should copyeditors do to ensure the copy does that?
Words of Respect
Doug Ward of the School of Journalism and Val Alexander Renault of the...Read More »
Digital tools have disrupted publishing industry. How are academic and news publishing—and their copyeditors—coping? Not well, it seems.
- “Research Looks at Effect of Conflicting Roles on Copy Editors”: A new study shows that newsroom editors are asked to do conflicting tasks. (American Copy Editors Society Blog)
- “Can the University Press Be Saved from Itself?”: University presses need to change to survive, and that change must include editors. (The Digital Warrior-Poet)
- “Just Put the Sausage in the Casing and Move On”: How far should newspaper corrections go? Maybe not as far as you think...