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In the U.S., we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January — January 20 this year. As a professional speaker, both in his role as minister and as civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr generated a remarkable body of quotes on a wide array of issues. Many have become touchstones in modern writing about courage, education, ethics, faith, justice, love, nonviolence, racism, sense, and more. You can read several of King’s speeches at MLKonline.net and hear and see King’s own delivery of his thoughts in speeches and interviews collected as a...Read More »
Karen Dunlap is retiring this month after 11 interesting years as president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. During her tenure, she has seen an unprecedented contraction in the newspaper industry with a concurrent drop in professional development for journalists.
That Poynter still exists is testament enough to her abilities. Roy Peter Clark, vice president and senior scholar at Poynter, paid tribute to Dunlap in a dinner last week in St. Petersburg, speaking of her early years in Nashville,...Read More »
Featured Topic: Publishing News
Every once in a while, you have to look up from your editing and notice how publishing is changing. In today’s News Roundup, we look at book publishing, newspapers, and academic communications.
- “E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps”: If your bread and butter is print books, fear not. (Pew Internet)
- “Register’s Circulation Plummets”: The Des Moines Register’s dual print-digital subscription is hurting circulation. (Cityview)
- “Publishing Viewed from Santa’s Crystal Ball”: How will Open Access affect scholarly publishing? (...
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) is seeking a web content editor to join its publications team. GLAZA is a private, nonprofit organization that provides funding and community support for the city-owned Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The Los Angeles Zoo has more than 1000 animals and receives more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
The web content editor will manage and maintain all parts of LAZoo.org, including providing original copy, rewriting and adapting copy from the zoo's other publications and departments, posting press releases and news, managing the blog and monitoring user-...Read More »
With the news that perhaps tens of millions of credit cards numbers were compromised at Target, careful copyeditors have been on the lookout for security breeches.
Security breeches presumably are shorts with suspenders to keep them from falling down. For a break in the system, security breaches is correct. Its spelling is probably influenced by the word break.
When Shakespeare's Henry cried, "Once more unto the breach," he was speaking of another...Read More »
Featured Topic: The Secret Life of Words
Today’s News Roundup looks closer at the making of Webster’s Third and reveals some interesting etymologies—for words we don’t ignore.
- “David Skinner: ‘Astonished at the Influence of Popular Culture’”: How Philip Gove really influenced Webster’s Third and, with it, our current English. (Zola Books)
- “Word Roots and Routes: Time and Tide”: Tide originally meant “time.” How did it come to mean “the rise and fall of the ocean”? (Macmillan Dictionary Blog)
- “Unexamined Words”: We’re so thoughtless about...
Over at the EAC's Editors' Weekly blog, Rosemary Shipton asked what an editor should be. Should the editor be skilled in all editing tasks? Or should the editor be a specialist in one step of editing: substantive, copyediting, or proofreading.
I prefer to work with a suite of editors. I think, together, we get the best product possible. I need those other eyes to collaborate. The ideal is definitely not doing all steps in editing one document.
Competent in all editing tasks? Maybe. Stellar at all of them? Less likely. I know you exist, stellar all-round editor, but I bet you are a stand-out. The rest of the claimants just don’t know what they don’t know.
What I thought Shipton...Read More »
A pun based on a line from Shakespeare has become common enough that it may be unclear which is the original. As errors go, though, at least the phrase to the manor born has utility in its misuse. Whether a mishearing or a deliberate pun, it’s a usually applied in a logical manner.
Usually, but not always. In a story from the Irish Examiner this week, a rugby player was described thusly:
The Tipperary man looked to the manor born with a commanding show out of touch coupled with an exhaustive contribution in broken play.
It might...Read More »
Featured Topic: Working as a Copyeditor
In today’s News Roundup: why you should track your editing skills, how to get work done from home, and why companies are hiring fewer employees and more contractors.
- “‘The Ostrich Problem’ and the Danger of Not Tracking Your Progress”: How many pages can you edit an hour? How few mistakes can you miss in a manuscript? (99U)
- “5 Ways to Stay Productive When Working from Home”: Stick to a routine when you work from home. Plus four more tips to get the work done. (Work Awesome)
- “The Decline of the Full Time Employee (But Not Employment...
The American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year (WOTY) for 2013 was prepositional because, also known as because noun and because + noun. If you’ve been paying attention to online trends, you’ve likely seen it:
But Iowa still wants to sell eggs to California, because money.—Daily Kos (July 14, 2012)
Prepositional because deserves its WOTY status, perhaps as much because of the amount of discussion it’s trigging as because of its actual usage. A sampling:Read More »