About This Project

"Editing the Future" brought together editors from across the industry. Each of the participating 16 newspapers sent the editor in charge of the copy desk and an editor with supervisory responsibility for the entire newsroom. The goal of the 32 participants and more than a dozen speakers was to consider editing as a verb as we looked to the future. How do we take action to rethink and strengthen the copy desk, which is the last link in the chain between the news and the reader? How do we staff a diverse copy desk and then train editors for leadership? What skills will be needed as technology develops? How do we keep core values such as accuracy at the heart of editing?

The conference sponsors - the Knight Ohio Program for Editing and Editing Education, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the Poynter Institute and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute - want to help newsrooms turn these challenges into opportunities. The tactics and tools discussed at the conference are gathered at this Web site, which is sponsored by the Knight Ohio Program for Editing and Editing Education and funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The conference was held Nov. 20-22, 2003, at the Diversity Institute's headquarters at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Please send comments or requests for information to Dr. Deborah Gump, Knight professor of editing at Ohio University, at gump@ohio.edu.

EDITOR: Deborah Gump
DESIGNER: Andrew DeVigal of DeVigal Design

EDITOR: Deborah Gump
WRITER: Beverly Kees
DESIGNER: Angelo DeVigal of DeVigal Design
COVER: Angelo DeVigal and Sarah Bowman

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