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#36898

Bette Frick's Marketing Bingo

If you've wanted to make an impact or be noticed, then bingo here's your chance. Marketing Bingo by Bette Frick provides ways to consider branding yourself better. Carol's mail interview with Bette is worth reading to make an impression that lasts.

Lamarche, Carol. Corrigo (2010). Articles>Interviews>Marketing

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#35007

Creating an Anthology on Editing

Pulling together New Perspectives on Technical Editing, an anthology on editing, was a complex, yet exhilarating experience. The process fell into four stages.

Murphy, Avon J. Corrigo (2009). Articles>Editing>Technical Editing>Case Studies

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#35640

Demonstrating the Value of Editing

Like all other technical communicators, we editors must sometimes struggle to prove our worth to employers. We know our value, and the more clueful of our authors understand, but sometimes it takes a bit more work to convince senior managers that we serve a useful purpose. Managers generally require specific examples, usually supported by hard numbers. In this article, I’ve provided a few random facts and figures that I’ve accumulated over the years that you can share with management.

Hart, Geoffrey J.S. Corrigo (2007). Articles>Editing>Technical Editing

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#38662

Do You Like Jigsaw Puzzles?

I have been pondering technical editing processes. Most notably, as I play on my iPad putting together jigsaw puzzles made from my favorite vacation photos, I have pondered whether most technical editors like putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Corbin, Michelle. Corrigo (2012). Articles>Editing>Technical Editing>Writing

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#36899

Do Your Magic!

An abstract of the article "Understanding the Value of Technical Editors," this snippet summarizes the benefits that a technical editor provides. It highlights the magic that editors do.

Crawley, Charles R. Corrigo (2010). Articles>Editing>Technical Editing

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#38159

Editing - A Fun Game and A Learning Opportunity

Tasha Fowler, the winner of the 2011 Diane Feldman Technical STC Technical Editing undergraduate scholarship, presents her learning as a technical editor and her reasons to continue work in technical editing.

Fowler, Tasha. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Editing

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#38165

Editing: A Fun Game and A Learning Opportunity

This past month, a professor in the communication studies department asked me to help format a chapter for his book. He’d submitted his text to the publisher, and the publisher responded with a mega-list of formatting issues that needed to be addressed before the chapter could be resubmitted. This poor professor—he had so many interesting things to say about his subject—but he didn’t know the difference between an em dash and an en dash or when to use either, but those were the issues holding up publication. Clearly, he was frustrated. But why shouldn’t he be frustrated? He’s a communications professor, and he was writing about cross-cultural crisis management. His role was to put the information down on paper; it was his editor’s job to insert the proper dashes where necessary.

Fowler, Tasha. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Editing>Professionalism

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#35009

Editorial Ethics: The Role of the Editor Before Peer Review

Editors who work with authors before a manuscript is sent for review face certain challenges. Since we’re often the first to see a manuscript, we sometimes encounter problems we must help solve before they come back to bite the author. These problems fall into a variety of categories, of which I see three repeatedly in my work. In this article, I’ll discuss the nature of these problems, provide examples from my own career as a science editor, and suggest how similar problems might arise in other types of editing.

Hart, Geoffrey J.S. Corrigo (2008). Articles>Editing>Scientific Communication>Ethics

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#37996

Review: Effective Onscreen Editing by Geoff Hart

David Kowalsky reviews the second edition of Geoff Hart's book, Effective Onscreen Editing. In this review, David states what's new and what's significant in the second edition. He recommends the book for its practical insights and its easy-to-use organization of information. Read the review, and you might want to buy a copy!

Kowalsky, David. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Reviews>Editing

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#38166

Review: Effective Onscreen Editing by Geoff Hart

A second edition of Geoff Hart's comprehensive Effective Onscreen Editing: new tools for an old profession was published in 2010 (available in both print and e-book versions from Diaskeuasis Publishing). The wealth of quality information gathered all in one place—by a very experienced independent editor—is very valuable. It is not easy to cover both Mac and Windows in the same book; Hart manages to pull this off very well. For everyone interested in mastering onscreen editing, this is a book for you.

Kowalsky, David. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Reviews>Editing>Online

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#38383

Four Lessons Learned During a Long-term Editing Gig

Avon Murphy provides insight that you could leverage as an editor. Based on vast experience, Avon gives 4 useful pointers that it might do well for you to keep in mind.

Murphy, Avon J. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Editing>Technical Editing>Writing

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#38173

The Future of Editing in Web 2.0: Wikipedia and the Role of the Editor (Part 1)

As a student in the Professional Communication program at Clemson University and a member of the technical editing SIG in STC, I wanted my master’s thesis to explore the challenges editors face in today’s world of rapidly changing technology. I was particularly interested in Web 2.0 as a vehicle for writers and editors to collaborate. In an article for IEEE Spectrum, Paul McFedries defined Web 2.0 “as a second phase in the development of the World Wide Web in which developers create Web sites that look and act like desktop programs and encourage collaboration and communication between users.” Formerly the domain of an elite circle of programmers, the World Wide Web can now be modified by just about anybody.

Tellis, Lara. Corrigo (2010). Articles>Editing>Technical Editing>Online

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#38174

The Future of Editing in Web 2.0: Wikipedia and the Role of the Editor (Part 2)

In Part 1, I presented background information about my research on editing Wikipedia articles. In this concluding Part 2, I want to present five important editing-related observations from my research: The delicate balance between democracy and accuracy; The freedom editors have to focus on subjects that interest them; The need for multiple and dynamic style guides; The existence of socially constructed ranking systems; and The prevalence of additions over deletions.

Tellis, Lara. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Editing>Technical Editing>Online

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#38737

Let Go of the Words?

As technical editors, we love words. We love making sure that each word communicates clearly. If you hear that someone is an editor, you immediately think of grammar and syntax and word usage. But, as technical editors, the time has come (really, it came a while ago, but the saying goes, “the time has come”) for us to let go of a singular focus on the words. As technical editors, we must edit so much more than just the words—words on the paper or words on the screen, words in a PDF or words in a help file, words in a user interface or in a message. We have to look beyond the words.

Corbin, Michelle. Corrigo (2013). Articles>Writing>Technical Editing

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#38571

The Magic of Syntactic Cues

Michelle Corbin addresses cases when brevity can impede clarity.

Corbin, Michelle. Corrigo (2012). Articles>Writing>Editing>Technical Editing

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#37997

Managing Documentation Projects in a Collaborative World

In keeping with our promise to provide an article on watercooler chats, here is the summary article of the most recent watercooler chat. It was a lively four-part chat series, which was held between January and February. The chat series focused on managing documentation in a collaborative world from the editors' perspective. The chat series was moderated by STC Fellow, Larry Kunz.

Corrigo (2011). Articles>Management>Documentation

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#38167

Managing Documentation Projects in a Collaborative World  (link broken)

In keeping with our promise to provide an article on watercooler chats , here is a summary article of the last watercooler chat, which was a four-part series on "Managing Documentation Projects in a Collaborative World — New Best Practices for Editors." The chat series was held between January and February, 2011 and was moderated by STC Fellow, Larry Kunz. The chat series provided an interesting steam of ideas and wisdom based on the real-life experiences. However, the truth is that in this summary article it was a challenge to provide a coherent flow of thought because chats tend to meander and ideas do not always progress logically. Nevertheless, read on for the distilled wisdom.

Kunz, Lawrence D. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Documentation>Project Management>Collaboration

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#38572

Mastering Content Strategy: Technical Editing and the Digital Universe

Andrea J. Wenger says technical editors are ideally suited for optimizing content for multiple outputs.

Wenger, Andrea. Corrigo (2012). Articles>Technology>Technical Editing>Writing

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#38172

Review: New Perspectives on Technical Editing

This past September, Baywood Publishing released New Perspectives on Technical Editing, an impressive collection of essays by leading authorities in the field of editing. The editor of New Perspectives is Avon J. Murphy, a familiar name to readers of Technical Communication, the Society for Technical Communication's (STC) quarterly journal, where Murphy is the book review editor. He also wrote the introduction (Chapter 1) and co-wrote with Thomas L. Warren the annotated bibliography.

Kowalsky, David. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Reviews>Technical Editing

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#35008

Paper, Screen, or Scissors? Editing on Hard Copy or Soft Copy

The question posted in our discussion list: Should editors edit on hard copy or soft copy? The answer: Yes. Or, it depends. Essentially it is not a matter of should; it is a matter of personal preference and what works best in different situations.

Slager, Tim. Corrigo (2007). Articles>Editing>Technical Editing

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#38157

Proofreading for a Cause!

In this article, Jennifer Smith speaks about the need to save our books. After reading this article, you will want to volunteer and be a part of Project Gutenberg!

Smith, Jennifer. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Editing

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#37995

Resolving Conflicts

This article sums up the perspective provided by Mary R. Van Brink in her presentation "Dilbert vs. Godzilla: How to Prepare Yourself to Deal with Monsters in the Workplace." Conflict is sometimes an inevitable part of an editor's life. The simple steps suggested in this article can guide us to think through the conflict and find a way out.

Van Brink, Mary R. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Collaboration>Advice

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#38168

Resolving Conflicts

For editors, relationships are important and conflict resolution is critical. Through the entire review process, editors have to carefully and tactfully deal with not only language and style issues, but also issues of egos and emotions. This article sums up perspectives provided by Mary R. Van Brink on conflict resolution in her presentation "Dilbert vs. Godzilla: How to Prepare Yourself to Deal with Monsters in the Workplace." (The presentation is attached along with this article.)

Corrigo (2011). Articles>Collaboration

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#37993

Save the Semicolons

In this engaging article, Jennifer Smith speaks in defense of the semicolon. If you thought of the semicolon as insignificant and confusing, you will revise your opinion after reading this article. Jennifer puts the spotlight back on the semicolon and clarifies the need and use of the semicolon.

Smith, Jennifer. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Writing>Grammar

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#38170

Save the Semicolons

Pity the poor, abused semicolon! No one understands him. He’s overworked and yet unsuited to the jobs he performs. Won’t you please help make this world one where happy little semicolons do their jobs and no more?

Smith, Jennifer. Corrigo (2011). Articles>Editing>Grammar

 
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