Charles Apple goes solo

Since 2010, my friend and former colleague Charles Apple has written a popular blog on the website of the American Copy Editors Society. Now Charles is leaving ACES and taking his insights to a new site under his own name.

Charles explains his reasoning in full in this introductory post, but basically, it sounds like he is ready to be a solo artist. He will still touch on familiar themes about editing and design. I am certain that Charles will continue to be a must-read on those topics and on journalism generally.

Thank you, Charles, for your work with ACES. Best wishes on your new venture.

Moving on from the ACES board

The national conference of the American Copy Editors Society takes place this week in St. Louis. I’m taking a break from attending, and it’s the first time I will miss an ACES conference since 2005.

I’m also ending my time on the ACES Executive Committee. I’ve served two terms, and I like the idea of self-imposed term limits. I feel like I’ve done what I set out to do: establish a tighter connection between academia and the profession, and to give a voice to journalism education on the ACES board.

To that end, we created an award for research about topics affecting editing. ACES itself sponsored a study showing why editing matters to readers. Since I joined the executive committee in 2009, two more professors who teach editing have come on board. They will continue to foster the academic-professional relationship.

It’s been an honor to serve on the ACES board. I’ll continue to be an active member in the years to come, and I’ll follow this year’s conference on Twitter, Facebook and on the ACES site. I hope you will do the same.

On the road with ACES

This blog will be quiet for the next couple of weeks. In addition to giving and grading midterm exams, I’ll be on the road as part of my duties with the American Copy Editors Society:

  • This week, I’m headed for St. Louis to the mid-year meeting of the Executive Committee of ACES. We’ll work on details for the 2013 national conference.
  • The following week, I will be in Washington, D.C., as a presenter at an ACES editing bootcamp. It’s the latest in a series of one-day workshops that ACES is sponsoring throughout the country.

A week in Chicago

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This blog will be quiet for the next week or so. I will be in Chicago to attend two events:

  • An editing bootcamp sponsored by the American Copy Editors Society. I’m one of three presenters at this all-day workshop.
  • The annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. My main task there is to serve as moderator for the Breakfast of Editing Champions.

It’s my first trip to Chicago in 15 years, and I’m looking forward to it. While I’m there, I’ll avoid tired references to the Windy City, but I may try one of these lesser nicknames.

Perhaps I will see you there. If not, I will be Tweeting on occasion, and you can follow the conference overall there with the hashtag #AEJMC12.

Letting the good times roll in New Orleans

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This blog will be quiet for the next week as I head to New Orleans for the annual conference of the American Copy Editors Society.

I’m looking forward to informative sessions and the silent auction. I’m also looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. These are my people, after all.

I hope to see you there. If you can’t make it this year, you can follow the fun on Twitter.

Thanks to the conference sponsors for their support. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Call for papers: ACES Award for Research on Editing

The Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC invites faculty and students to submit research papers in the inaugural competition for the ACES Award For Research On Editing.

Sponsored by the American Copy Editors Society, the award will honor the best research about story editing, headline writing and other topics related to editing. The winner will present the research at the AEJMC conference in Chicago, August 9-12, 2012. The winner will also receive a $100 prize and complementary registration to the ACES conference for the following year.

Qualitative and quantitative papers in history, law, effects, processes, use, ethics and emerging technologies are welcome.

Papers may not be longer than 25 pages, excluding tables, figures and references. Papers must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) April 1, 2012.

All submissions will be blind refereed by a panel of independent readers. Authors will be notified whether their papers have been accepted and will receive a copy of the reviewers’ comments by May 15, 2012.

Papers are accepted on the understanding they have not been presented or published elsewhere and are not under consideration by a scholarly journal or by another scholarly or trade organization at the time of submission. Papers cannot be submitted to more than one AEJMC division, nor to both the regular research competition and to a special call for papers.

Submission of papers: All entries should follow the AEJMC Uniform Call for Papers. Three especially important points of this call that contributors should note are that:

1. ACES competition papers must be marked “ACES Competition” on the title page (and only the title page.) Papers should be submitted online under either the MacDougall Student Paper Competition or the General Call, whichever is appropriate.

2. All papers must be submitted electronically; no hard copy will be accepted and

3. Papers with any sort of identifying information will be automatically disqualified.

Full instructions on submitting papers are posted on the AEJMC Website at

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.