This webinar provides writers a better understand that editing does not always equal changing, and that you need to take into account the writer as well as your readers.
WHAT WILL I LEARN:
- The Hippocratic Oath of editing
- The differences between “changing” and “editing”
- How to examine proposed edits to see whether they have improved the copy, and how
- How to explain your changes in noncombative (and nondefensive) terms
- When to hold ’em and when to fold ’em (no bluffing allowed)
- The empathy of editing
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE:
This webinar is for writers and editors who want to learn to identify when you need to edit something, when you don’t and how to explain your changes to others.
Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and journalism organizations, specializing in helping people better edit and communicate. She spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all 150-plus copy editors at The Times. (Both titles are, sadly, extinct at the Times.) She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Merrill is a member of the executive committee of ACES: The Society for Editing and of its Education Fund, She has received the Missouri Honor Medal from the Unversity of Missouri, the Glamann Award from ACES, and the Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in teaching from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. She was a reporter for four years before becoming an editor.