Making Web Images Accessible to People Who Are Blind | Conscious Style Guide

How to use the alt-text and in-text methods.

Capitalizing for Equality | Conscious Style Guide

Both Poynter and Columbia Journalism Review have argued for capitalizing black and white when used as racial terms . . .

Why We Should Examine Our Culinary Vocabulary | Lucky Peach

Lucky Peach talks to Karen Yin about conscious language in the food world.

“Speechless” Just Schooled Everyone on Disability “Inspiration Porn” | The Huffington Post

As “Speechless” character Ray DiMeo explains, inspiration porn is “a portrayal of people with disabilities as one-dimensional saints who only exist to warm the hearts and open the minds of able-bodied people.”

It’s Time to Retire the Tainted Term “Fake News” | The Washington Post

“Simply stop using it. Instead, call a lie a lie. Call a hoax a hoax. Call a conspiracy theory by its rightful name. After all, ‘fake news’ is an imprecise expression to begin with.”

Why Scientists Must Learn to Communicate With the Public | The Wire

“No concept is inexplicable or un-understandable. When approached properly, with the right examples and the correct flow of thought, even quantum gravity can be easily explained to a high school student.”

Get Woke, America | Columbia Journalism Review

“If you want to use ‘stay woke,’ it’s important to ‘stay woke’ about its roots.”—Merrill Perlman, editor and journalist

The Two Words You Should Start Saying Instead of “I’m Sorry” | The Muse

How replacing “I’m sorry” with “thank you” can turn a negative interaction into something “constructive and upbeat.”

Should Parents Ask Their Children to Apologize? | The Conversation

Are prompted apologies from children more than empty words? “A recent caution against apology prompting was based on the mistaken notion that young children have limited social understanding. In fact, young children understand a great deal about others’ viewpoints.”

Supreme Court to Decide if Feds Can Block Trademarks Considered Offensive | NBC News

“Striking down the disparagement provision, the government says, would force it to register trademarks ‘containing crude references to women based on parts of their anatomy, the most repellent racial slurs and white supremacist slogans, and demeaning illustrations of the prophet Mohammed and other religious figures.’” & Daily Mail Flunk Reporting on Transgender People | iMediaEthics

“The relevance of details from Amati’s previous life, such as her former name as a male and before-and-after photos of Amati apparently mined from old social media posts, was never indicated in the story. This left only the ugly perception of editorial sensationalism at Amati’s expense.”

Before You Write About a Transgender Character, Read This | CBC

Author Casey Plett has a “brazen request”: “I want cis creators to write complex trans characters. It is possible.”

New York City Issues America’s First Intersex Birth Certificate | The Cut

“At 55, Sara Kelly Keenan finally has an accurate birth certificate, and it’s believed to be the first one in the nation that says ‘intersex’ in the gender field.”

I’m Not a Doctor, but I Play One on My CV | Science

“I call myself ‘Doctor,’ but I clarify that I’m not the helpful kind, which is especially important in case someone faints on a plane.” Author and practicing scientist Adam Ruben polls his friends with science Ph.D.s for this humorous piece on “the ‘Doctor’ question.”

5 Myths That Are Keeping You From Having a Fabulous Fattitude | The Body Is Not an Apology

“‘Fat’…is just a word. It does not have the power to define one’s character.”—Nadia Nadeem, writer and student of psychology, neuroscience, and behavior

How to Emoji Like a Pro | The Zapier Blog

“Like any other element of communication, emoji can be misinterpreted or misunderstood.”

Ending Your Emails With This 1 Word Vastly Improves the Response Rate | Inc.

“It turns out that ending your email in Regards or Best could be dooming your response potential. In the 350,000 email threads they examined, Boomerang found Best was the worst performer of them all.”

When It’s All Your Fault: How to Own Up to a Mistake and Break Bad News to a Client | Copyediting

“Instead of telling them every detail of what happened, keep your explanation simple and focus on what you’re going to do to fix the problem.”

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