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A Copy Editor’s Education in Indigenous Style –

by ahnationtalk on January 17, 202063 Views

Journalists’ word choices are shaped by colonialism. Here’s how The Tyee is changing that.

At The Tyee, I’m the last person to read the stories before you do.

They come to me after they’ve been prepped by an editor: headline, check; author bio, check; story art: check. I do a last run-through to catch lingering typos and grammatical errors, and then check for a consistent style: one that aspires to be watertight about when to capitalize, abbreviate and italicize.

There are other people doing this job at The Tyee, too. But that means someone needs to be in charge of uniformity, and so a few years ago I became the head of the Tyee Style Guide, to drive consensus and establish consistency.

This can mean sending out periodic emails to remind editors and reporters about adhering to the Canada-wide journalists’ reference manual, the Canadian Press Stylebook.

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