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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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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 8:20am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Four Tips to Writing Respectfully About Disabilities

“‘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...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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06/03/14 News Roundup: Publishing Industry Update

Digital tools have disrupted publishing industry. How are academic and news publishing—and their copyeditors—coping? Not well, it seems.

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 2:04pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Featured Job Post: Senior Copy Editor, Remote or In-House, for Prologis

Prologis is seeking a senior editor to join its global team, working remotely or from one of its offices in the United States. Prologis, a member of the S&P 500 with headquarters in San Francisco and Denver, is a commercial real estate company that specializes in global distribution and logistics facilities. It owns around 3000 industrial properties in 21 countries in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

The senior editor will edit, style, and fact-check financial, marketing, news, and research materials distributed to customers and investors around the world.

This full-time, remote position requires a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or a related field; 8 years of editing and proofreading...

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 8:30am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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10 Tips to Fight the Slog

With sunny summer days upon us and the patio calling, we’re about to hit a period when it might be harder to concentrate at your desk. Whether you’re trying to check the same words for the hundredth time or just not feeling it today, there comes a time in every editor’s career when she needs a new strategy to make it to the end of the document. 

1.     Take a break.

Really. Editing is hard, demanding, and often thankless. If you don’t feel the need to attack the day with a style sheet, maybe you should weed the garden or perfect your crème brûlée instead. Maybe build a robot minion.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 5:35pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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A helpful kitteh points out typos

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended with two worthy champions: Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe. It was the first time in more than 50 years that co-champions were declared.

Although the bee was on ESPN, most of the coverage I caught was on social media. The Scripps Facebook page was active, and, on Twitter, @ScrippsBee kept the #SpellingBee hashtag filled with the play-by-play. Merriam-Webster’s @PeterSokolowski provided fun and interesting...

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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 8:50am
Mark Allen
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AP Stylebook Keeps Changing With the Times

The newest edition of the Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law came out this week, a cause for celebration among aficionados and a headache for budget-strapped newsrooms whose books are perpetually several editions old.

Those of us who subscribe online are always up to date. It’s like paying for a new edition every year, but at least we don’t have to toss the old ones in the recycling bin.

Cynics point out that changing the rules every year is a good way to sell more books. This is true, but a style guide...

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