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Welcome to the 19th annual American Copy Editors Society national conference in Pittsburgh March 26-28, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Davis.)

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Saturday, March 28 • 3:40pm - 4:40pm
LUCIA, or Shedding Light on Government Reports

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Government writers tend to be serious, data-driven folk. Their first allegiance is to facts and their reports are often written from well down in the weeds. When multiple authors contribute to one report, the result can be a tangled, overgrown mess. An editor's task is to shed light on the important ground they cover, and LUCIA (Learning, Understanding, Clarifying, Illustrating and Amending) can help. Get tips for learning enough about a topic to understand its highlights, knowing which questions to ask for clarification, illustrating government work in interesting ways, and finally editing and amending drafts into something readers — including legislators, lay people and reporters — can understand.

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Laura Cameron

editor, Washington State Auditor’s Office
Laura Cameron is the Editor at the Washington State Auditor's Office. Her role ranges from story development to line edits to rewrite, making complex performance and accountability audits into readable, compelling reports. A writer and editor for 30+ years, she has worked for state... Read More →

Saturday March 28, 2015 3:40pm - 4:40pm EDT

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