Still a-Buzz from ACES Conference - State and Federal Communications

April 8, 2015  •  

Still a-Buzz from ACES Conference

Editors don’t have glamorous jobs. After all, how glamorous can you be with your fingers stained red by ink? But despite the lack of glitz, I am one of many editors lucky enough to work for a company that recognizes the important role I play in the organization.

Editors are vital to every company because we can be the last line of defense between an organization looking professional or becoming a late night joke. We work hard to make sure our company and colleagues look their best; thus, we continue to develop our skills and talents.

With these goals in mind, four of us attended the 19th annual American Copy Editors Society conference at the end of March. We went to learn new tricks, brush up our skills, and discover new ways to help our company stay (grammar) compliant.

It was three days packed with grammar reviews, hints and tips on editing, and the ever important AP Style updated. It was also three days of meeting editors and talking shop between sessions. No one gets into a discussion about using a singular “they” and enjoys it as much as editors.

It was Comma-Con, as Katie Antonsson described in her ACES blog post. Pittsburgh was THE place to be for all those who love words and for whom editing is a calling, not just a job.

But, the fun hasn’t ended just because we are now back in Akron. Now we get to implement the ideas and techniques we learned about. I get to dig back into my stack of editing with renewed vigor. And I get to revel in a little bit of notoriety in the office as one of the copy editors featured in a little BuzzFeed piece called “30 Copy Editors Tell Us Their Pet Peeves.”

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