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Editors' Association of Canada Releases New Edition of Professional Editorial Standards


Toronto, January 20, 2010—The Editors' Association of Canada (EAC), the voice of Canadian editors, is pleased to announce the release of a new edition of its pivotal publication on editing in the English language, Professional Editorial Standards.

Last revised in 1999, the new Professional Editorial Standards has been updated thoroughly to reflect changes in technology and the skills and knowledge required by editors today.

"Professional Editorial Standards reflects the real-world practices and skills of editors, regardless of the type of material they work on," says Jan Walter, chair of EAC's Professional Standards Committee. "This revision was a major undertaking, spanning nearly three years of research, drafting and review."

Members of the previous Professional Standards Committee—Frances Peck (chair), Nancy Flight, Laurel Hyatt, Jennifer Latham, Lynne Massey, Naomi Pauls and Cy Strom—organized and guided the revision from beginning to end.

Professional Editorial Standards is an essential publication for the editing profession. It sets out what editors should do when performing different stages of editing. It tells employers what to expect from the editors they hire. It shows new editors the range of skills and knowledge they should aspire to. It helps post-secondary institutions and other training providers design courses and material on editing. And it's the foundation on which EAC's landmark professional certification program is built.

Visit to download a free copy of Professional Editorial Standards.

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The Editors' Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors' Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. EAC is the voice of editors in Canada, with more than 1,600 members, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. EAC's professional development programs and services include certification, an annual conference, seminars, guidelines for fair pay and working conditions, and networking with other associations. EAC has six regional branches: British Columbia, Prairie Provinces, Saskatchewan, Toronto, National Capital Region and Quebec/Atlantic Canada.

Media Contact:
Michelle Ou
Communications Manager
Editors' Association of Canada
Association canadienne des réviseurs
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Toronto ON M5B 1L2
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