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Know how to edit copy tactfully?

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 1:24 pm | Updated: 1:18 pm, Fri Oct 26, 2012.

The editing process can be painful for writers and editors alike. Learn how to make editing more collaborative, and less combative, in "The Art and Science of Editing," the latest webinar from Poynter's NewsU. This webinar is offered in partnership with the American Copy Editors Society (ACES).  

Join Merrill Perlman, who spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, for this Webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 3. She will show you how to identify when you need to edit something, when you don't and how to explain your changes to others.

You'll learn:

  • The Hippocratic Oath of editing
  • The differences between "changing" and "editing"
  • How to examine proposed edits to see whether they have improved the copy, and how
  • How to explain your changes in noncombative (and nondefensive) terms
  • When to hold 'em and when to fold 'em (no bluffing allowed)
  • The empathy of editing

This webinar is for writers and editors who want to learn to identify when you need to edit something, when you don't and how to explain your changes to others.

Sign up now for "The Art and Science of Editing." The cost of this webinar, offered at 11 a.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, Oct. 3, is $29.95. There's a special 25 percent CNPA discount for those who email The Editor.

Questions? Go to "The Art and Science of Editing," read the webinar FAQ or email webinars@newsu.org.