No publication could survive without an editorial department, and ELEVATOR WORLD is no different. The staff that writes, edits and/or proofs all of the articles and features that go into the various publications of Elevator World, Inc., as well as that which goes online, consists of dedicated editors and support staff, who strive to produce magazines and books that are both enjoyable to read and beneficial to the industry.
The Editorial Department is headed by Robert S. Caporale, who has been at EW since 1993. He succeeded EW founder William C. Sturgeon as editor in 1998. Caporale is responsible for ensuring that everything that goes in print or online is correct. He reviews technical articles, covers various industry events around the world, writes about significant and interesting projects, and, of course, writes a monthly column for EW and a quarterly column for EW India. Caporale literally had a world of experience in the elevator industry before becoming an editor. He entered the industry in 1964 and worked on projects across the U.S. and around the globe for almost three decades. Caporale earned an MSc degree in Lift Engineering from Northampton University College in 2002. He is a member of NAESA Intentional, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Association of Vertical Transportation Professionals, is a certified elevator inspector (QEI) and also serves on several ASME A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators committees.
Managing the editorial team is Terri Wagner. As editorial manager, she is responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly, deadlines are met, and articles and features are assigned to various staff. Wagner works closely with other departments in selecting and organizing the contents of each issue. She also prepares reports, handles special projects (such as the annual Project of the Year competition) and, occasionally, gets to write an article or cover an event. Wagner first worked at EW in the Commercial Department in 1995, but moved to Editorial as the proofreader in 1997. She became a copy editor in 2000 and associate editor in 2002, and was named editorial manager in 2007. Wagner earned her degree from the University of Alabama.
David Clothier is senior news editor. In addition to his duties of writing, editing and proofing EW publications, he serves as online editor. This responsibility entails searching the Internet for industry news, and preparing and posting the daily news, Online Extras and monthly issue highlights on the EW website and the weekly news on www.elevatorworldindia.com. Clothier also usually attends and reports on one or two industry events a year. He joined EW in 2000 as a copy editor after a career as a reporter and editor for several newspapers and magazines, and in public relations. He graduated from Auburn University.
A degree in English from the University of South Alabama has proven quite helpful in Associate Editor Lee Freeland’s tenure in the EW Editorial Department. Coming aboard in 2005 as a copy editor, he used his education to help revise the magazine’s style manual, which is similar to a technical manual used by an elevator mechanic, except that it deals with words instead of equipment. His duties included proofing, editing and writing short articles. Freeland became associate editor in 2007 with added responsibilities, including travel to cover industry-related meetings and other events. He is also involved with the production of ELENET®, EW’s biweekly electronic newsletter.
Deloris Browder is EW’s editorial administrative associate, which entails handling much of the department’s correspondence, tracking time sheets and supplies, and other related duties to keep the department working smoothly. She also is responsible for compiling and sending out newsletters, including ELENET. Browder joined EW in 1995 and holds a degree in business from Carver Technical College.
Lindsay Crandall is the newest addition to the editorial staff, joining EW in 2008 as a proofreader and became copy editor later that year. She writes, edits and proofs articles and features and also assists on special projects. Crandall earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the State University of New York at Brockport and teaches at the college and high school levels.
Although they do not spend all of their time in the Editorial Department, two other people play important roles in producing EW’s many printed and electronic publications.
First and foremost is Ricia S. Hendrick, who officially joined EW as manager of advertising and production in 1966 after college and working as an artist. She was named managing editor in 1976, publisher in 1986 and president in 1995. Hendrick uses her artistic eye to review feature layouts, select photos and cover art, and overall direct the “look” of both printed and electronic media. She also attends and reports on numerous industry events, writes an occasional publisher’s column for special issues and coordinates all of the publishing efforts of the company, including magazines and textbooks. Hendrick is active in many industry associations and was recognized with the National Association of Elevator Contractors’ William C. Sturgeon Distinguished Service Award in 2002.
Also a valuable adjunct to the Editorial Department is Monica Tapper, who heads EW’s Research and Project Development. In addition to working with EW’s vast industry-related archives, which are kept in both printed and electronic form, she aids the editors by doing technical and historical research, and searching for pictures from the archives for articles and features. Tapper joined the EW team in 2007. She has a degree in International Studies from the University of South Alabama.
The industry rarely, if ever, sees the work this dedicated staff of editors and support perform, but this effort is reflected in the printed and electronic publications that EW produces for the benefit of the vertical transportation industry. Next time you read ELEVATOR WORLD, check the latest news in ELENET, visit one of EW’s many websites looking for information on upcoming industry events, safety information and history or reference a technical manual, remember the skill that went into producing it. Just like the riding public takes for granted the reliability of elevators and escalators because the people of the industry ensure their performance, the EW Editorial Department wants its public, the vertical transportation industry, to take for granted the timeliness and accuracy of its product.