If you were in St. Louis for the 2013 ACES conference, you could argue that all attendees were winners. If you were specifically wondering who won the iPad Mini being raffled off by Tansa, that would be Karen Martwick from Travel Portland.
There were of course other winners — like Craig Silverman, who was honored with the Glamann Award for his efforts to keep the media honest through his website and book “Regret the Error.” Doris Truong, a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post, became the eighth recipient of the Robinson Prize, recognizing her “substantial contributions to the craft of copy editing.” Both were acknowledged for their efforts at the conference’s annual banquet.
As with previous years, copy editors from across the country and around the world converged (this time under an arch and in the shadow of a baseball stadium) to share their knowledge, wisdom and love for the craft of copy editing. This year’s sessions included traditional topics like: Editing for Readability and Editing While Exhausted, but also included sessions for Search Engine Optimization and Eye Track for Tablets. Such topics represent a clear indication that the role of the copy editor is in a state of metamorphosis. Just as copy editors evolved and took on greater responsibility during the desktop publishing revolution, today’s word police are adjusting and adapting to the rapid changes in social media and content delivery devices.
This year’s conference welcomed a record number of attendees that were eager to learn, share and maybe do a little socializing with their peers. As a provider of tools for copy editors, we were once again thrilled to be there and support their efforts.
We look forward to continuing that support next year in Vegas…