It’s almost time for breakfast

The Breakfast of Editing Champions returns to the AEJMC national convention in Denver next month. The breakfast is free and open to anyone who teaches editing, appreciates editing or simply likes to hang around editing professors — and that should be pretty much everyone.

Deborah Gump, who teaches editing at Middle Tennessee State University, is the main organizer of the breakfast, and I’m serving as her co-host. An RSVP is required.

The event’s agenda is simple, yet fundamental to journalism that matters: the future of editing and editing education. Since the beginning of the breakfasts, we’ve invited journalists to help guide our discussion by sharing their views from the trenches. This year, we have:

  • Damon Cain, managing editor for presentation and design at The Denver Post. He oversees the news copy desk as part of his job at the Post, and he is active in the Society for News Design, which will hold its conference in Denver in September. Cain was previously director of news design at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He has also worked as an editor and reporter at community newspapers in Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa.
  • Teresa Schmedding, president of the American Copy Editors Society, and she has frequently led sessions at ACES conferences. She is news editor at the Daily Herald in Chicago, the third largest paper in Illinois. As leader of ACES, Schmedding hopes to build on the already healthy relationship between the newsroom and academia. Schmedding has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and recently completed a master’s in media management at Mizzou.

A highlight of the breakfasts has been the Teaching Idea Exchange, which shares your best teaching ideas and strategies. Like last year, I’m handling the exchange. Share your best teaching idea or tip by sending 200 words or less about it to me at The deadline is Monday, July 26. We’ll call on you to talk about your idea and how and why it works, so be ready to discuss it briefly. We’ll compile the best ones into a handout too.

Oh, one more thing: Once again, we owe our coffee bagels and pastries this year to Rich Holden, executive director of the Dow Jones News Fund. The craft of editing owes much to him, and we do as well.


The Breakfast of Editing Champions will take place on Friday, Aug. 6, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. It begins at 8:15 a.m. Bagles and coffee will be provided. To attend, RSVP by e-mail to by Monday, July 26. We hope to see you there!