What to buy a copy editor for Christmas

There’s a week to go before Christmas. Looking for something for that copy editor on your list? Here are some gift ideas:

The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages 1851-2008. The title of this set says it all. The DVDs contain every front page in that span of time. The hefty book picks the big moments, so you can see how the NYT treated, say, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand (the archduke, not the band).

A Webinar at NewsU. Most of Poynter’s e-learning site is free, but a few things cost a little bit of money. One (or more) of the archived Webinars would make a nice gift for someone looking for some distance education.

The World Almanac. I got one of these every year as a kid, and it was always one of my favorite presents. It’s still an essential resource for editing and great for bedtime reading.

A pica pole. For the old-timer, it’s an item that will bring back memories, perhaps paired with a sizing wheel. For the online crowd, buy the domain name, which is for sale.

An Obama page plate. Of all the election-related merchandise out there, this item from the Los Angeles Times is unusual. It’s an aluminum plate that could be used to produce a page on the press but is also suitable for framing.

ACES membership. Join the American Copy Editors Society for a gift that lasts all year.

Scrabble, Diamond Anniversary Edition. This new version of the classic game has a portable case and cool new colors.

“The Office” Ultimate Package. This will leave you satisfied and smiling. (That’s what she said!) Read more about the intersection of “The Office” and the newsroom here.

Good luck in your holiday shopping. Whatever you get, consider wrapping it in fun Onion gift paper.



  1. I think some bottles of carrot juice would make a great gift for a copy editor. Gotta take care of those eyes!

  2. Andy,

    Thanks for the mention of the Webinars. We’re cooking up a fresh batch for January, including one on mobile journalism tools. Come visit at webinars.newsu.org

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