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Tanya Pai heads the standards team at Vox, focusing on copy editing, fact-checking, inclusive language and sourcing, and newsroom standards and ethics issues. She’s a founder of Language, Please, a free resource for journalists and storytellers focused on thoughtful language use. (She also occasionally writes about puppies, holiday songs, gambling, and other random topics.)

She started at Vox in 2015 as its copy chief and staunchest defender of the serial comma; before that, she worked at Washingtonian and Boston magazines. She holds a master’s degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College. Reach her at