Meet us in St. Louis — for breakfast

The Breakfast of Editing Champions returns to the AEJMC national convention in St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 11.

The breakfast, which will begin at 8:15 a.m., is free and open to anyone who teaches editing, appreciates editing or simply likes to hang around editing professors. That should be pretty much everyone.

This year’s breakfast is BYOB: Bring Your Own Bagel. As in years past, coffee will be provided. If you would like to attend, RSVP by signing up on the event’s Facebook page.

The agenda is simple, yet fundamental to journalism that matters: the future of editing and editing education. This year’s breakfast will include a panel discussion on the fast-moving changes in our field:

  • Joy Mayer, associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. In addition to her academic duties, Mayer is an editor at the Columbia Missourian, the community newspaper run by faculty and staffed by Missouri students. Her focus at the newspaper is community outreach and engagement.
  • Merrill Perlman, freelance editor and consultant. Perlman spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs including business copy editor, managing editor of the New York Times News Service and director of copy desks. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review.
  • Teresa Schmedding, president of the American Copy Editors Society. Schmedding, a frequent presenter on managing creative people and other newsroom issues, is an assistant managing editor at the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, the third largest paper in Illinois.

A highlight of the breakfasts has been the Teaching Idea Exchange, in which we swap assignment and strategies. Jill Van Wyke of Drake University will handle the exchange this year, so send your best teaching idea or tip to her at by Friday, July 29. Send her a few paragraphs on your idea and be ready to discuss it for a minute or two at the breakfast.

Thanks to our sponsors for making the event (and coffee) possible: the American Copy Editors Society, Poynter’s News University and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. Thanks also to the Newspaper and Scholastic Journalism divisions of AEJMC for their support.

See you in St. Louis!