Editing Tools to Supplement Your Brain

Course Overview

Title:
Editing Tools to Supplement Your Brain
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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About Webinars

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This upcoming Webinar will be broadcast on:
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern Time Enroll Now
Can't attend the live Webinar? We'll have an archived replay available soon after the live session. Your registration will give you access to the replay plus our bonus resources.

Spell check is an essential tool for editors and writers, but it must be used with brain in gear to be effective. (After all, it usually won't catch "read" when you meant "red.") Many other tools go beyond spell check to help you find problems of grammar, syntax, consistency and wordiness. Other tools allow you to automate common or repetitive tasks. Join us for an introduction to some of these tools, along with an evaluation of the efficiency, benefits and dangers inherent in each.

What Will I Learn:
  • What tools are available
  • How each one works
  • How much each one costs
  • What benefits each offers
  • What to watch out for when using automated tools
  • Why your brain is always superior to the tools
Who Should Take this Course:

Editors in any discipline, including journalism, technical writing, academic settings, corporate communications or public relations; writers who want to polish their prose before submitting it.

Course Instructor:

Merrill Perlman

Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and journalism organizations, specializing in editing and the English language. She spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all 150-plus copy editors at The Times. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Merrill is a recipient of the Glamann Award from the American Copy Editors Society. She was a reporter for four years before becoming an editor.

Training Partner:

ACES: The Society for Editing

ACES: The Society for Editing is a nonprofit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

The organization is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.

Technical Requirements:

Windows
1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

Mac
1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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Download the free Adobe Connect app from iTunes here. To access the live event, click on the "Join Live Event Now" button on the Webinar landing page. The virtual room will automatically load. Viewing recorded Webinars on iOS devices is not currently supported.