Editing Champs head to Denver
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The Breakfast of Editing Champions returns to the AEJMC national convention in Denver next month.

The breakfast, sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund and co-hosted by Deborah Gump of MTSU and Andy Bechtel of UNC-Chapel Hill, is free and open to anyone who teaches editing, appreciates editing or simply likes to hang around editing professors - and that should be pretty much everyone.

To attend, RSVP to Deborah by Monday, July 26.

Our agenda is simple, yet fundamental to journalism that matters: the future of editing and editing education. Since the beginning of the breakfasts, we've invited journalists to help guide our discussion. This year, we are fortunate to have two journalists who can provide both a newsroom perspective and an industrywide perspective. Joining us will be:

- Damon Cain, managing editor for presentation and design at The Denver Post. Damon oversees the news copy desk, and he is active in the Society for News Design, which will hold its conference in Denver in September. Cain was previously director of news design at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and assistant managing editor for graphics at the Herald & Review in Decatur, Ill. Cain has also worked as an editor and reporter at community newspapers in Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

- Teresa Schmedding, the new president of the American Copy Editors Society. Schmedding, a frequent presenter on managing creative people and other newsroom issues, is news editor at the Daily Herald in Chicago, the third-largest paper in Illinois. Schmedding has an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master's in media management from the University of Missouri.


Special newsroom tour for the first 20 Breakfasters who sign up

Jim Bates, The Post's night editor and college chum of Deborah's, has offered to lead a tour of the newsroom immediately after the breakfast. When you RSVP, let us know whether you would like to visit The Post.


A highlight of the breakfasts has been the Teaching Idea Exchange, which shares your best teaching ideas and strategies. Andy once again will handle the exchange, so send your best teaching idea or tip to Andy by Monday, July 26. Keep it brief and be ready to discuss it briefly at the breakfast.

We'll also be compiling a list of resources. If you've discovered a website, book, magazine article, video, YouTube clip or another resource that helps you be a more effective teacher, send the details to Deborah. As always, we'll make all breakfast material easily accessible. If you know someone who also would be interested in attending, please pass along this invitation and point out the requirement to RSVP.

To sum up:

TIME: 8:15 - 9:45 a.m.
DAY: Friday, Aug. 6
PLACE: The conference hotel
RSVP (required): Send an e-mail to Deborah by July 26.
TEACHING IDEA EXCHANGE: Send your idea to Andy by July 26.

See you in Denver!

Andy and Deborah
P.S. Details on last year's breakfast are here.

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