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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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Friday, March 27 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Getting it Right on Mental Health and Suicide

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Stories about mental health and suicide are challenging for journalists: When and what should we report and how should we write it? What language should we avoid? Is anything off limits? Is your publication covering these topics as public health problems or punchlines? This workshop will provide editors with facts, figures and tools for getting it right, and discuss why accuracy matters so much. We'll look at some case studies and examine how copy editors might have once again saved the day.

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Melissa McCoy

Poynter Institute, Visiting faculty
Melissa McCoy is a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and an independent media consultant and trainer. McCoy is the former deputy managing editor of the Los Angeles Times and a founding member and former vice president of ACES. She was a Poynter ethics fellow, and has always been interested in the relationship between coverage/language and public attitudes. For the past several years, McCoy has focused on... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm

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