— Dragonfly Editorial (@DragonflyEdit) February 18, 2015
Teresa Schmedding transformed the American Copy Editors Society. Newspapers will miss her leadership, but ACES won’t, because ACES has adapted to the changing landscape better than newspapers have.
Teresa is leaving newspapers to become managing editor of Rotary International. Her move says something about journalism on two counts:
- Newspapers are losing too many valuable contributors.
- Editing skills remain valuable, even if newspapers no longer value them.
This week, I end my 25-year newspaper career to be ME of Rotary Int’l. My Daily Herald family and journ will always be a part of my soul.
— Teresa Schmedding (@tschmedding) May 2, 2016
I first met Teresa about a decade ago, when I was leading a seminar for news editors and copy desk chiefs at the American Press Institute. Someone recommended her to me to lead one of my sessions, and she did an outstanding job. I can’t remember the exact topic, but I think it dealt with copy editors’ role in the changing digital environment. What I remember was that she was an excellent teacher and struck the exact right tone for an editing workshop: upholding standards but not fussing over trivial points. (more…)