Do you know where your most important readers are?

I’m trying to write more in February, and besides what I’ll write for work, I’ll also be writing about one of the few things I know about: digital media. What do I do? In short, I get the right information, at the right time, to the right audiences. And I’d like to help media, in…Read more Do you know where your most important readers are?

Society’s quality-control problem with editing

Depleted newsrooms are every day illustrating what a lack of copy editing does -- a slow sapping of quality and quality control. It doesn't mean no news is gathered or that the language is destroyed, but the effect might be more insidious. Only the most able-eyed and loudest notice, and their noise is often dismissed…Read more Society’s quality-control problem with editing

The laziness of "localizing" news stories

As local and metro newspapers have lost relevance (and staff) outside of their immediate geographic areas, they've tried to substitute actually being there with "localizing."Sometimes, it has relevance, such as when there's an indigenous population in the area (although the paper should be covering them regularly if they want them as readers, right?), or if…Read more The laziness of "localizing" news stories

2 resources for learning the language of nuclear

The nuclear industry is like any other: It has its own terminology, with degrees of usefulness. Some terms are more accurate and precise, while others just sound nicer.But amid the unfortunate and continuing problems with Japan's nuclear reactors, it might be good to double-check what you're writing or editing. After all, the problems with Japan's…Read more 2 resources for learning the language of nuclear

Necrophilia-inducing typos and other editing links: A roundup

Yeah, that headline had better bring results, or I'm going to be upset.Anyways, what's happening in the world of copy editing, editing and journalism at large:Word Grrls notes how one missing letter on a book-seller's site goes from the sassy, if cliche, "Dead Sexy" to the disturbingly niche "Dead Sex." Unless that means sex by…Read more Necrophilia-inducing typos and other editing links: A roundup

When editors must say, "You don’t know what you’re talking about"

My professional copy-editing work includes a daily publication looking, through brief summaries, at the nuclear energy industry. Editorials and guest columns on the idea of nuclear energy are a major part of industry news because, well, there hasn't been a new nuclear plant built in a while.Often, those op-eds are by experts in the field,…Read more When editors must say, "You don’t know what you’re talking about"