UNL's Bullard elected to American Copy Editors Society executive board

Released on 06/07/2010, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb., June 7th, 2010 —

Sue Burzynski Bullard, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been elected to the executive committee of the American Copy Editors Society for a two-year term.

Bullard, who joined the faculty at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2008, teaches editing, reporting and online media classes. Bullard teaches daylong workshops on "All Things Web" as part of a One Day University program at UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Communications aimed at busy professionals. When she's not teaching, she is writing an editing textbook, "Everybody's an Editor, Navigating Journalism's Changing Landscape," slated to be published digitally.

The American Copy Editors Society is a professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of journalism and the working lives of copy editors whose purpose is to educate its members to raise the standards of editing and increase the standing of copy editors. At UNL, Bullard created an ACES student chapter that has helped to make copy editors more visible.

Before joining academia, Bullard held a variety of editing positions during 21 years at the Detroit News, including three years as managing editor. She was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the newsroom and supervised nearly 300 journalists and helped to integrate print and online newsrooms. Bullard also worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Lansing and Port Huron, Mich.

Prior to coming to UNL, Bullard was a visiting editor-in-residence at Michigan State University. She returns to Michigan in the summers to teach a one-week course for high school journalism teachers on emerging technologies.

Bullard earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State (1974) and a master's degree in administration from Central Michigan University (2000). She was named an outstanding alumna of the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 2007. In 2008, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit chapter. And in 2009, Bullard was inducted into the Michigan State News Hall of Fame.

WRITER: Marilyn Hahn