Some may know me as Staff Editor at the webzine Mad in America ("science, psychiatry, and social justice"). But I'm also a freelance journalist and book editor who offers a nose for news, an ear for language, and an eye for detail gleaned from 30 years of eclectic publishing experience. My business provides writing and editing services to news media, publishers, and individuals. Together, we produce projects with purpose, power, and personality.
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Feature, Mad In America
October 25, 2020
In the leadup to Election 2020, I took a deep dive into the archaic legal and practical barriers to voting that disenfranchise people judged "mentally incompetent."
Edited excerpt: " Individual states have added to the hoops voters must jump through to vote, including new voter-ID requirements and poll-watcher statutes that allow individuals to challenge other voters’ eligibility. Flying under the radar: legal and practical barriers to voting that disenfranchise people judged 'mentally incompetent,' which have persisted for centuries and disproportionately affect people of color.
"Each year, these provisions and practices, like other forms of voter suppression, mute the political voices of untold numbers of people with psychosocial and other mental disabilities who are capable of and interested in voting, including some of the 1.3 million adults under guardianship. Moreover, civil- and disability-rights advocates say, they hold them to a higher standard than the rest of the electorate, based on 'false narratives' about their lack of capacity."
* I discussed this story on the October 30, 2020 episode of the "Collab Chats" podcast, produced by Temple University's Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities. Listen here.
Lioncrest Publishing, October 2020
By Duncan Van Dusen
In this concise call-to-action, the CEO of CATCH, one of the most widely-used youth health education programs in the world, makes a novel, sometimes irreverent case for prioritizing “Whole Child” health and Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 schools. He shows why health drives academic success, what makes teaching health effective, and how to create a school environment that delivers and sustains healthy behavior. Using case studies, tips, and recommended actions, he describes proven youth-empowerment and skills-based health education techniques to increase kids’ physical activity and healthy food choices and to decrease youth vaping.
I performed developmental, line, and copy editing on several iterations of the manuscript and provided feedback on cover design.
"Miranda can always be counted on for insightful, accurate and challenging copy --meaning she's an editor's dream. Miranda is a sharp analyst and a seasoned journalist with a unique voice."
— Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director & Founder, Women In Media & News (WIMN)
“I have hired Miranda countless times to edit books as well as magazine articles and other works–-she is the best freelance editor I know of, and I hope to work with her again–often.”
— Gene Stone, author of 40 books