Name: Andy Bechtel From: UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States About me: I teach editing and writing at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. I'm interested in new ways to tell news stories and in the ethical and political ramifications of word choices (terrorist surveillance program, domestic spying or something in between?).
I have 12 years of experience in newspaper editing, most recently at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
News stories can broaden our vocabulary, making us better writers and editors. Reading this obit on Eddie "Bozo" Miller, a record-breaking gourmand, added a word to the dictionary in my head: trencherman.