Welcoming Pam Nelson to the ACES site

Pam Nelson, a friend and former colleague, has moved her Grammar Guide blog to the website of the American Copy Editors Society.

I worked with Pam twice at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., from 1992-1997 and 2001-2005. She’s a wonderful colleague, easygoing and dedicated.

In 2010, Pam was a contestant on “Jeopardy!” and my son and I cheered her on when the show aired. She didn’t win, but she did us copy editors proud.

Earlier this year, when McClatchy dissolved the N&O copy desk and sent those tasks to an editing hub in Charlotte, Pam took an offer to work there. As she explained in her first post for the new blog, she did so because she believes in copy editing.

“We add value to the articles that we touch — making sure that the facts are complete, that the assertions are supported and that the writing is clear enough so the facts and assertions can be understood,” she writes. “We are not extras. We are essential.”

Please join me in welcoming Pam to the ACES site. We’re lucky to have her wit and insight there. Thanks also to the N&O, for allowing ACES to repost the archives and quizzes from Pam’s former blog.


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