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Conscious Style Guide Appoints Henry Fuhrmann, Former Los Angeles Times Standards Editor, to Advisory Council

PASADENA, CA — May 16, 2017 — Conscious Style Guide is pleased to announce the appointment of veteran editor Henry Fuhrmann to its advisory council.

“My conversations with Henry are master classes on resolving sensitive language issues in the media,” said Karen Yin, founder of Conscious Style Guide. “We couldn’t be more honored to have someone of his prominence and with his leadership experience on our side.”

Fuhrmann, an adjunct instructor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, worked at the Los Angeles Times from 1990 to 2015. Before retiring as an assistant managing editor, he led the print and digital copy desks, chaired the standards and practices committee, and oversaw the editorial stylebook. He is a longtime local leader of the Asian American Journalists Association and serves as a member of the executive board of ACES: The Society for Editing.

“I am delighted to join Karen, her contributors, and my fellow advisory council members,” said Fuhrmann. “I look forward to working with Conscious Style Guide to advance its message of inclusive, thoughtful language and, by extension, inclusive, thoughtful communications, whatever the medium.”

At ACES 2017, Fuhrmann and Yin, along with Conscious Style Guide advisers Dr. Rick Kenney and Dr. Steve Bien-Aimé, presented the session “Is This Racist? How Editors Can Identify Hidden Bias in Language.”

Other Advisory Council Members

Steve Bien-Aimé, PhD, is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University, where he teaches journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communication. Prior to receiving his doctorate from the College of Communications at Penn State, Bien-Aimé worked as a copy editor at The News Journal in Delaware and The Baltimore Sun and served in a variety of functions at in Los Angeles, departing as deputy NFL editor. His research interests include race and gender portrayals in news and sports media.

Alice Y. Hom, PhD, is a community builder invested in bridging diverse and overlapping communities to raise resources, nurture leaders, and build the capacity of organizations for social change. As a Soros Equality Fellow, she is working on a digital media project focused on historical and contemporary stories of intersectional activism by queer and trans people of color. Hom previously served as the director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and currently serves on the boards of California Humanities and Borealis Philanthropy. Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Hom to the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women in 2017. She holds a PhD in history from Claremont Graduate University, an MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and a BA from Yale University.

Rick Kenney, PhD, is a former journalist and now a journalism educator and media ethicist. He is chair of the Department of Communications at Augusta (Ga.) University. He writes about media discourse in news coverage of minorities and other marginalized people. He has published in academic journals and scholarly books about media representations of the Roma of Europe, Negro League baseball players, transnational communities, and LBGQTI persons. He also is a scholar of Japanese communication, culture, and philosophy.

Ingin Kim, owner and designer of EyePop Studio, is a veteran of the animation industry as artist and director. She is also founder of Peri Coffee, a micro specialty coffee roaster in Los Angeles, and owner of Ninety Plus, an internationally renowned producer of rare and exclusive specialty coffee with a mission to promote sustainable practices and preserve wildlife on its estates.

Terry Wolverton is author of ten books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, including Embers, a novel in poems, and Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman’s Building. Wolverton has taught creative writing in community settings for over three decades; in 1997, she founded Writers at Work, a creative writing studio in Los Angeles, where she teaches fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. She is also an associate faculty mentor for the MFA Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.

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About Conscious Style Guide

Conscious Style Guide’s mission is to promote tools for thinking critically about the ways that conscious words, portrayals, framing, and representation can empower ourselves and one another in mass media and interpersonal communications. A division of Quiet Press, Conscious Style Guide presents the latest observations, opinions, and community style guides—all in one place. For more information, visit

About Karen Yin

Winner of the 2017 Robinson Prize for furthering the craft of professional editing, Karen Yin is the creator of AP vs. Chicago, a guide for anyone who gives “a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style,” and Conscious Style Guide, a reference site for inclusive, compassionate, and empowering language. A copywriter and editor for over two decades, Yin ran the editorial department at advertising agencies, where she performed quality control on campaigns for Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, Pixar, Universal, and Warner Bros., and now serves clients in mass media, education, and energy. She is the style columnist for Copyediting and has given presentations on LGBTQ terminology, sexist language, racist language, and androgyny. A fellow of the prestigious Lambda Literary Foundation, Yin is an award-winning fiction writer as well as screenwriter and filmmaker. For more information, visit


CONTACT: Karen Yin, 626-888-9569,

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