PNA Calendar of Events

Self Editing for the Digital Journalist

  • Date: Mar 13, 2013 - Mar 13, 2013
  • Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Address: The Morning Call
  • Contact: Kathleen Landis
  • Email: KathleenL@pa-news.org
  • Phone: 717-703-3012

Are you a reporter editing your own copy?  Has your copy desk been downsized?  Today’s digital first newsrooms are wired for speed with fewer layers between the writers and the readers, and you often find yourself working without a net. Content producers, reporters and even photographers have been pushed to the front line. Discover what steps you can take to help prevent embarrassing (and costly) mistakes and streamline the editing process.  Learn careful self editing with some tricks of the trade. 

 Specifically, you’ll learn:

• How to look at your own work more like a reader or viewer sees it

• How to find more errors in copy, whether of style, grammar, punctuation or flow, and how to fix them

• How to learn to listen for your internal alarm bells

• How to spot problems with clarity, organization and understanding in your own copy and others'

• How to write your own headlines with an eye for SEO components

Workshop is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Lunch included.  Cost: $49 per person for PNA members; $69 for non members.  To register, email Kathleen Landis or phone her at 717-703-3012.

Our Presenter: Merrill Perlman
Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and journalism organizations, specializing in editing and the English language. She spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all 150-plus copy editors at The Times. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Merrill is a recipient of the Glamann Award from the American Copy Editors Society. She was a reporter for four years before becoming an editor.  It's become her passion to try to help writers become better editors of their own work, both because they have to and because they need to.

Please note: This session is being offered regionally in Allentown and is co-sponsored by The Morning Call.  The Morning Call is located at 101 North Sixth Street, Allentown, PA 18101.

 

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