How I learned that Joe Biden had won the presidency

In 2020, Election Night turned into Election Week. Unlike in previous presidential elections in the modern era, the nation had to wait for mail-in ballots in many states to be counted. As I write this post, some counting (and recounting) continues. But on Saturday, Nov. 7, Joe Biden was declared the winner for president over… Continue reading How I learned that Joe Biden had won the presidency

Q&A with Roberto Torres of CIO Dive

Roberto Torres is a reporter at CIO Dive, covering the software industry, data analytics and the future of technology. A native of Venezuela, he lives in Philadelphia. In this interview, conducted by email, Torres discusses his work at CIO Dive and offers advice to students interested in careers in business journalism. Q. Describe your job… Continue reading Q&A with Roberto Torres of CIO Dive

Remixing a midterm exam

For several years, I have had students in my Advanced Editing course read "The Subversive Copy Editor." Written by Carol Fisher Saller, this book is about the writer-editor relationship. The midterm exam has been about that relationship. We also watch the 2015 movie "Spotlight" for its portrayal of editors and reporters working together. The midterm… Continue reading Remixing a midterm exam

Student guest post: Who is the arbiter of truth on social media?

Students in MEJO 557, Advanced Editing, are writing guest posts for this site this semester. This is the seventh of those posts. Maya Jarrell is a junior in the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media with a double major in journalism and film studies. She has previously written for The Daily Tar Heel as… Continue reading Student guest post: Who is the arbiter of truth on social media?

Dealing with data

A colleague recently expressed surprise that the latest edition of the AP Stylebook recommends using a singular verb with the word "data" in most instances. He asked: Isn't that word plural? Is AP wrong? The short answers are yes and no. Let's take a look at the data. Merriam-Webster defines "data" as "factual information (such… Continue reading Dealing with data

Student guest post: Maintaining voice — the role of the editor in protecting a writer’s message

Students in MEJO 557, Advanced Editing, are writing guest posts for this site this semester. This is the sixth of those posts. Madeleine Fraley is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in reporting and psychology. She has previously written for The Daily Tar Heel, and currently writes preventative health articles for the UNC School of… Continue reading Student guest post: Maintaining voice — the role of the editor in protecting a writer’s message