July 27, 2009

Editing pre-con at AEJMC

Following up on the post about the editing breakfast at AEJMC, Susan Keith has also asked me to pass along that the Newspaper Division's pre-conference session on the future of editing has some space left -- Doug:

Dear COMJIG members,

There are still a few seats available for the Newspaper Division's pre-conference workshop, The Future of Editing, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Boston Sheraton. COMJIG members may be especially interested in two late additions to the lineup of speakers: Christopher Grotke and Lise LePage of iBrattleboro.com, a renowned citizen journalism site covering communities in southern Vermont. They will take part in a panel discussion of the future of online editing.

The workshop, which costs $35, will also feature discussions with top newspaper editors, including the Boston Globe's Marty Baron; copy editors; and professors who are teaching editing in innovative ways. It should benefit not only editing professors, but also faculty who want to incorporate discussions of editing or how newspapers are approaching newer media into journalism courses. To register, contact Susan Keith of Rutgers University at susank@rci.rutgers.edu or 718-683-7071

Here's a look at the workshop, session by session:

Session 1, The Future of Newspapers
A discussion on what's ahead for newspapers with some of New England's top editors:
-- Marty Baron, editor of the Boston Globe
-- Felice Belman, editor of the Concord (N.H.) Monitor
-- Chazy Dowaliby, editor of The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., and The Enterprise of Brockton, Mass.
-- Leah Lamson, editor of the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette
Moderator: Newspaper Division head Jack Rosenberry of St. John Fisher College, a former editor at the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle and other newspapers.

Session 2, The Future of Copy Editing
What is the state of copy editing in the United States? What new roles are copy editors taking on? Those topics will be discussed by four veterans of copy desk transitions:
-- Gillian Charters, a copy editor at the Christian Science Monitor
-- Jim Franklin, assistant night editor/metro slot at the Boston Globe
-- Mike Richard, a New York Times Metro Desk staff editor who edits the Times' City Room blog.
-- Chris Wienandt, president of the American Copy Editors Society and business copy desk chief at the Dallas Morning News
Moderator: Susan Keith of Rutgers University, a former copy editor at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times and other newspapers.

Session 3, The Future of Online Editing
Does editing for online news sites mean something different than editing for print? What's the role of an online editor, anyway? Four professionals and a professor will take up these questions.
-- Christopher Grotke and Lise LePage, iBrattleboro.com
-- Damon Kiesow, online managing editor of the Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph
-- Jeanne Leblanc, former online editor of the Hartford Courant
-- John Russial, associate professor, University of Oregon
Moderator: Leslie-Jean Thornton of Arizona State University, a former editor at several daily and weekly newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Virginia.

Session 4, The Future of Editing Instruction
What does the evolution of editing in the industry mean for how professors should teach editing? Hear some ideas from three professors with innovative approaches:
-- Andy Bechtel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
-- Rick Kenney, University of Central Florida
-- Jill Van Wyke, Drake University.
Moderator: Susan Keith of Rutgers University

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