How editors could have saved Obamacare

By Samantha Enslen ·  May 26, 2015

US-capitolThe U.S. Supreme Court is soon expected to announce its decision in King v. Burwell, which deals with the Federal Government’s responsibility to pay for federal exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

When it comes to laws that affect millions of Americans, I think we mostly trust that somebody is going over the text with a fine-toothed comb, making sure that every word and phrase is just right.

But at the heart of this case are four little words: “established by the State.”

These words created the confusion that started the case—can the Federal Government subsidize both  federal and state-run exchanges, or state-run exchanges only?

The Supremes are expected to give their opinion in June or July. In the meantime, writers of the bill are claiming that the words in question are the result of, essentially, a typo.

The New York Times explains that “the words were a product of shifting politics and a sloppy merging of different versions. Some described the words as ‘inadvertent,’ ‘inartful’ or ‘a drafting error.’”

Cue facepalm.

Just more evidence that everyone needs an editor. Even Congress.

Samantha runs Dragonfly Editorial.


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Not to brag, but…

By Samantha Enslen ·  May 13, 2015

2015 Gold Site bug

Dragonfly is the proud recipient of yet another round of awards for our exceptional writing, editing, and design work.

The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative pros of all stripes. Each year, corporate marketing and communication departments, ad agencies, PR firms, graphic design shops, production companies, web and digital creators, and freelancers from around the world all throw their hats in the ring. The competition is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

Hermes just announced their 2015 awardees—and we’re a winner twice over.

Here’s what we won:

The Gold Award for Tracking Changes, the quarterly newsletter of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). I’m a member of the ACES Executive Committee and have recently started serving as managing editor of the journal. ACES members write  content for the journal, and we handle production end to end. Special thanks go to Lexy Nesbitt, Mary Dixon, and Anna Bentley for graphics, writing, and proofreading work, respectively.

An Honorable Mention for “Exceptional research should have no limits,” a feature article published in the Spring 2015 issue of ACS Excellence. Excellence is the magazine of the American Chemical Society’s Publications group. The article gave the lowdown on ACS’ new, groundbreaking open-access journal. Major kudos go to Bethany Meisinger-Reiff, who interviewed the journal’s editor-in-chief and wrote the feature.

We’re especially excited about these awards because these are both new projects—and new clients—for Dragonfly. I’m happy to see us expanding our horizons and taking on new challenges—while delivering truly world-class work.

Samantha Enslen runs Dragonfly Editorial.

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The power of checklists

By Samantha Enslen ·  April 16, 2015

I’ve been speaking a lot recently about the power of checklists.

Yesterday, I did a Twitter chat about checklists for ACES, the American Copy Editors Society.

I and my fellow tweeters talked about how checklists help us cope with an overwhelming world by getting “all those things we’ve got to remember” out of our heads and onto paper. How they guide us through complicated tasks. And how they help us remember detailed steps when we’re tired, stressed, or distracted.

Enjoy reading the Storify of this chat and consider adding checklists into your editing routine. You won’t be sorry.

Samantha Enslen runs Dragonfly Editorial.


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