Some links about what’s going on in the editing world (with a couple of them found through the unwieldy but still helpful #copyediting hashtag on Twitter):
- John McIntyre, once and again of The Baltimore Sun, is lending his voice and wisdom to an audio conference next week. More info here — it’s not cheap, but I imagine it’ll be worth the price of admission.
- Patch is everywhere — but nobody knows if it’ll work without exhausting its employees to death. Still, there are reporting/editing jobs to be had there, and if your local paper annoys you with a paywall, a good way to get rid of it is to invite Patch in.
- On the other hand, Reader’s Digest decides it doesn’t need full-time staff copy editors. Yeah, because an older audience of long-time, eagle-eyed readers won’t notice the difference.
- Bad sentences are part of the job for a copy editor. So is bitching about it. But fixing bad sentences is even better.
- “First annual” is still not correct.
- The term “infrastructure” is a part of the, well, infrastructure of writings these days. One retired reporter argues why it wasn’t acceptable once upon a time.
- And lastly, some slightly old but quite useful advice on joining independent clauses. Always good to know what to do and why.