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Business Editing in Depth – 10 Things You’d Better Know: New Orleans, April 13

The Particulars

Instructor: Merrill Perlman,
former director of copy desks
at The New York Times

Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

When: 2:15 – 3:45 p.m., April 13

This breakout session is part of the
American Copy Editors Society’s
national conference

Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans

More than ever before, business is everybody’s business. From instability in Europe to issues affecting local economies, if it involves money, it’s news.

This breakout session at the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) national conference in New Orleans aims to bring into better focus some of the issues and ideas non-specialists face when editing business stories. Learn 10 points that will take you beyond the basics.

To attend this session, you must register for at least one day of the ACES Conference. Rates are available here.

What You Will Learn

  • What does the International Monetary Fund do? How about the World Bank? Why do we care?
  • What’s the difference between the national debt and the deficit? How are they related?
  • What makes a company an Inc., a Co., or an LLC?
  • What does the Securities and Exchange Commission really do? What powers does it have?
  • And more, including how to translate business jargon into understandable terms.

Can’t make it to ACES? This session will also be held as a free, one-hour webinar on May 1.

Merrill Perlman, consultant  and former director of copy desks at The New York Times

Merrill Perlman

The training builds on a webinar that Chris Wienandt, business copy chief for The Dallas Morning News, taught on March 29, 2011: 15 Red Flags When Editing Business Stories. By clicking on the link, you can access a recording of that webinar, as well as other resources. Wienandt also taught a session on 15 Red Flags at last year’s ACES conference.

Your Instructor

Merrill Perlman spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs including business copy editor, manager of staff editor recruiting, managing editor of the New York Times News Service, and director of copy desks. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review.

About the Program

This conference session is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. If you have any questions about the center’s free training, please email Executive Director Linda Austin or call 602-496-9187.

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