Devotion to editing led five university journalists to win scholarships awarded this month by the American Copy Editors Society’s Education Fund.
Such devotion is not only individually rewarding but beneficial to all concerned: “I’ve learned the most important aspects of being a copy editor are communication, adaptability and collaboration, while maintaining clarity and accuracy across all aspects of the job,” as winner Marisa DiNovis put it.
The scholarship money will help cover their college education costs. The winners also receive financial aid to attend the ACES annual skill-building conference, which this year will be in Pittsburgh on March 26-28.
Christa Corrigan (@christacorg) of the University of Missouri won the top award, the $2,500 Aubespin scholarship. On track to graduate in May, she is an assistant news editor at the daily newspaper/website Columbia Missourian. She has also worked as an interactive copy editor, a reporter, a public relations intern and a writer for print, online and broadcast.
Winners of $1,000 scholarships:
Tracy Cook (@tmcook23), also of the University of Missouri, is also an assistant news editor at the Missourian and has been an interactive copy editor there. As a reporter she has covered news, sports and features. Active as a resident adviser, she majors in both journalism and economics.
Marisa DiNovis (@dinovisms) of the University of North Carolina majors in English literature as well as journalism. She is a copy editor for the Daily Tar Heel at the university, and also writes and designs for Scholastic Inc. She has been an intern for five book publishers.
Kirsten Keller (@KirstenKeller25) of the University of Illinois is a supervising copy editor for The Daily Illini, one of eight jobs she has done there, and grades the papers of students in advanced writing. She has been a copy editing intern for the national Cox Media Group.
Emma LeGault (@em_legault) of the University of Kansas will spend the summer as a copy editing intern at The New York Times, after serving the University Daily Kansan online and in print as editor in chief, special projects editor, news editor, special sections editor and reporter.
Judging the scholarship applications was done by five professional editors: Mark Allen of Columbus, Ohio; Carol Carpenter of New Orleans; Jeff Kleinman of Miami; David Sheets of St. Louis, and Diego Sorbara of New York.
The American Copy Editors Society is an alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, Fortune 500 companies, other businesses and nonprofits, as well as freelance editors, students and their professors. The society’s Education Fund, a nonprofit organization, awards scholarships to students who have a passion for editing.