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Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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06/12/14 News Roundup: Usage Debates and Spelling Quandaries

There’s no end to zombie rules, and today’s News Roundup reviews two popular ones. Plus we introduce you to some (possibly) new confusables.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 11:20am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Successful Career Unplanning

You already do this, right? Class A unplanner. Right? 

Half of you are probably so busy meeting deadlines (or watching them woosh by) that you haven’t even planned to do any planning. The other half of you will probably find that your carefully laid-out plan gets eclipsed by deadlines or that it becomes irrelevant with the first sharp turn.

That’s ok.

So we were told by the very accomplished unplanner David Hayes at last weekend’s Editors’ Association of Canada conference in Toronto. Regardless of his impressive credits and awards, he’s lucked his way...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Should Copyeditors Banish Words?

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...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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06/10/14 News Roundup: Marketing Yourself Online

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!

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 1:40pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Assistant editor needed for IA magazine and other Independent Agent publications

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...

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 9:21am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Multiple Monitors for Editing Efficiency

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.

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:39am
Mark Allen
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June is a Great Month for Virtual Conferences

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...

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Editing, News
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 10:25am
Mark Allen
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'Digitalize' Has Been Relegated to Variant Status

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....

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 6:05am
Erin Brenner
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06/05/14 News Roundup: Freelancing

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.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 11:20am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Daniel Polowin Wins EAC Student Scholarship

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...

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