Articles about "Copy editing"


Copy editors’ association advises Vice to hire a copy editor

ACES | Abraham Hyatt | The Washington Post
"People who don’t think online audiences see value in editing might be surprised," Fred Vultee writes on the American Copy Editors Society's website. "Readers are busy, but they aren’t dumb."

Vultee thinks Vice should go ahead and hire the freelance copy editor position it's advertising, despite advice to the contrary from Abraham Hyatt. Hyatt writes that hiring two copy editors at turned out to be a "train wreck": The copy editors "slowed the publishing process to a screeching near-halt. And, even more importantly: No. One. Cared." (more...)
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Why good copy editors are ‘abnormal’ humans

There are a multitude of factors that can come into play when a mistake occurs.

When I give workshops about the source of journalistic errors and how to prevent them, I point to big-bucket causes such as the tools we … Read more


Journalists declare war…on ellipses

The job description of the ellipsis has changed, Matthew J.X. Malady writes. His emails, his text messages...full of three-point shots. Clay Shirky hypothesizes to him that "people are trying to use alphabets like we’re talking, and it’s ... hard. So we reach for the ellipsis.”

Awl Editor Choire Sicha tells Malady he's defeated his own overuse of ellipses, retraining himself to "send emails in complete sentences, with proper punctuation, like an adult person."

At The Washington Post, using fewer ellipses is now an institutional imperative, judging by a July 17 memo from Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz and Multiplatform Editor Jesse Lewis. "We’ve noticed an overuse of the ellipsis recently," they write. (more...)
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Fact-checkers, copy editors on why they’ll be affected by Michele Bachmann’s retirement

U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann announced early Wednesday that she would not seek her seat next year, an announcement that will land hard on two constituencies: Fact-checkers and copy editors.

"She was great to cover because she was consistently and unapologetically wrong," Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler told Poynter in an email. "But others will fill the breach, I am sure!" In a post bidding her adieu, Kessler wrote that Bachmann's absence "will leave the Capitol a much less interesting place to fact check." (more...)

AP changes style on ‘underway’: Copy editors react

Two days after changing its style on the term "illegal immigrant," the Associated Press issued a Stylebook update that's significant but in a much quieter way:
underway One word in all uses.
OK, it's a big deal mostly to copy editors, many of whom have spent a good part of their professional lives jamming a space into "underway."

Here's the old listing:
under way Two words in virtually all uses: The project is under way. The naval maneuvers are under way. One word only when used as an adjective before a noun in a nautical sense: an underway flotilla.
I surveyed a few copy-editing icons on whether the AP switch would occasion one at their organizations: (more...)
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How text-to-speech technology can help journalists avoid copy errors

You’ve run spell-check and closely studied your story. Your editors have done the same and the copy desk — the last line of defense against mistakes — has scrutinized every word and line to ensure error-free copy.

And then the … Read more


Are question headlines too vague to use?

New York Times | Technovia New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan plunges into the never-ending debate over headlines that pose a question in Wednesday's Public Editor's Journal. A post on the paper's opinion blog Room for Debate is headlined "Do Women Have What It Takes To Lead?" Plenty of readers had something to say about the original post, but the use of the perilous punctuation is what sparked debate with Sullivan, whose own blog post bears the headline "Is There Really Room To Debate Whether Women Can Lead?"
The editor of Room for Debate, Susan Ellingwood, responded to my question about the headline.
Raising a provocative question is our way of starting an interesting discussion. That title starts a productive conversation about gender stereotypes and leadership – even if, in the end, the consensus among the debaters is “yes, women do have what it takes.” Each post explored the question from a different angle. And as readers’ reactions show, the pieces sparked a conversation about an important topic. That’s our goal.

Copy editing, page design jobs to be outsourced at Toronto Star

Globe and Mail
Canada's largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, is the latest to reduce costs by laying off copy editors and outsourcing their work for a fraction of the expense.

The Star will outsource page design and copy editing to Pagemasters North America, Globe and Mail media reporter Steve Ladurantaye reports. The cost savings come from efficient centralized production, but also lower pay for editors. "The top union rate for an editor at Pagemasters is $48,000," Ladurantaye reports, "while the same job at the Star comes with an annual salary closer to $85,000."

Pagemasters North America is owned by The Canadian Press news wire, of which the Star's parent company Torstar Corp. is a co-owner. News & Tech reported in 2009 that the Star was in discussions to begin a small amount of outsourcing to Pagemasters North America, but did not. Other major Canadian newspapers including The Globe and Mail, do the same. And other branches of Pagemasters serve newspapers in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. (more...)
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How reporters can become better self editors

The accelerated pace of journalism means many reporters have to write, edit and quickly publish their work online, sometimes without the benefit of an extra set of eyes.

Given this reality — and the fact that there are fewer copy Read more


National Journal copy editor not a millionaire

Tonia Moore is not a millionaire. The National Journal copy editor incorrectly answered a question about the origin of Universal Studios' name on an episode of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" broadcast Friday, ending a run that began with a show broadcast the day before.

In a phone interview, Moore said the taping -- originally scheduled for Oct. 31 in New York -- was rescheduled for early November after Hurricane Sandy hit. Moore took a week off work to be in New York for the taping. "I know the timing's awful" given the election, she said she told her boss, who "stressed (repeatedly) that I had to be at work on Nov. 6 no matter what," she wrote in an email. (more...)
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