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In this fast-paced, digital world, we all often have to work to tight deadlines. Here are some tips on how to make those deadlines more manageable.
With the shocking news that Britain has voted to leave the EU, we look at the implications for Websters and other SMEs working with international clients.
Yes, localisation. With an ‘s’, not a ‘z’. It’s a conscious choice; we style the content on Websters’ website using the British English -ise system, not the British English -ize system, because even though we know that’s a valid UK system, too, we’ve seen its use decline over the last decade or so.
In the second of our series of blogs on enhancing your professional editorial skills, we look at ways to improve your creative writing skills.
As New Year’s resolutions abound, there’s no better time to decide to improve on your skills and make a real impact in your work life. In the first of our series of blogs on enhancing your professional editorial skills, we look at ways to become a more effective editor.
As Oxford Dictionaries announce that their word of the year is not a word :-O, we present some luxurious linguistic delights for the logophiles among you.
We certainly hope not! But the reality is, in this age of big data, journalists and writers have new competition in the form of computer algorithms.
Freelancing is definitely not a euphemism for sitting around, working in your PJs with a cat on your lap. Here we bust the most common myths we've come across.
It's a well-known fact that Marilyn Monroe was a dress size 16. Right? We'll come back to that later. There are two types of content: content that has been fact-checked and content that hasn't.
Every nation that uses English has its own variations and peculiarities, but the two most prominent are British English and American English.
The hot topic of 2013 in online media is content. Why do I need good content? How do I write great content? How much copy does my website need? Here are our top ten tips for creating great content.
We were wondering, is good content or good grammar more important in business? We didn't wonder for very long. In our experience, both are extremely important, which is why Websters employs writers and editors to ensure that the end result is immaculate and stands out for the right reasons (good content) and not because of errors in the grammar or the facts.
This morning saw the Olympic Torch travel through the Borough of Southwark, very close to the Websters office on Southwark Street. It was fantastic to see such a great turn out with rows of people, eight-deep in places, wanting to get a glimpse of the torch procession and cheer it on its way. The great desire of people to become involved with the magic of the Games was in clear evidence; this was perfectly illustrated by the number of builders perilously dangling their legs over the edges of the buildings they were working from rooftop viewing positions.
Fourteen days to go until the London 2012 Opening Ceremony and it is finally starting to feel like the Olympics are coming to town. Pink London 2012 event signs are appearing all over the tube maps, announcements by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, are being played over the loud-speakers at trains stations, giant Olympic rings are hanging off Tower Bridge and transport simulations, complete with purple-clad stewards bellowing into megaphones, are taking place on an almost weekly basis. After seven years of waiting, the Olympics are almost here.
In any project where we're creating content for a client, we strive to achieve the same high standards. Whether that project is a set of questions for a board game, a user help manual or online articles, we beaver away at the same basic processes. Here we demystify what those processes are, and in which order they are carried out.
I was stirred from my slumbers bright and early on Wednesday morning by a radio news item that Encyclopeadia Britannica (EB) had finally called time on its print version of the encyclopaedia, 244 years after the first edition was published. Predictably, the finger of blame was pointed at Wikipedia -- and there's no doubt that Jimmy Wales's great pro bono project has done a lot to undermine the traditional commercial model of Britannica and other reference publishers. Let's not forget, however, that the popular reference landscape was really revolutionised not by Wikipedia but by a major innovation that just happens to be an integral part of the Websters corporate story.
Creating engaging, accurate trivia is a multi-faceted task. This begins with research, then copywriting, fact-checking, copyediting and proofing. And not forgetting testing the trivia on the intended audience, in order to revise and refine it to perfection! If you've ever played a game of Cranium or Trivial Pursuit, it's likely that you'll have come across questions set by the Websters team. But what does it take to write the perfect trivia question?
A century before Oscar Wilde famously quipped, "We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language", Noah Webster predicted that American English would diverge from that spoken elsewhere. George Bernard Shaw noted that the Americans and the British were two nations divided by a common language. Henry Sweet, the British phoneticist who was partly the inspiration for Henry Higgins in Shaw's Pygmalion, predicted a century ago that within 100 years American and British English would be mutually unintelligible.
The most important part of our website's new functionality is the updated recruitment section that will allow you to see what positions we have available and to submit your CV to us for consideration - even prior to jobs becoming available. Click on "Jobs at Websters" in the top menu and take a look for yourself.