Pam Nelson at the American Copy Editors Society published a list of “10 tips for copy editors” Jan. 2.
Nelson, who notes she “did not learn to check facts in my first few years as a copy editor,” explained that her list isn’t all-inclusive.
Nelson’s list includes advising editors to check dates, name spellings, and locations referenced. She also recommended: “If a story refers to someone as ‘the late,’ make sure the person is dead.”
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Nelson suggested copy editors trust their instincts and look into anything that “seems odd to you” and called for copy editors to check math in stories.