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Copy Editor Training

NEWS RELEASE
September 20, 2012

ACES announces agreement
with The Poynter Institute

ACES announced today that it has entered into a training alliance agreement with The Poynter Institute’s News University. As part of the agreement, Poynter NewsU will provide discounted training for ACES members in exchange for ACES contributions on several Poynter NewsU training initiatives.

As part of the training initiative, ACES and Poynter will create an editing certificate program that will include several courses on copy editing. “The certification program will allow both entry-level and advanced editors to walk away from the training with something tangible they can show potential employers,” said Teresa Schmedding, ACES president.

NewsU and ACES also will jointly produce a series of Webinars on copy editing. The first Webinar in this series, The Art and Science of Editing, will be Oct. 3. For information and registration, go to https://www.newsu.org/art-science-editing. These Webinars will be available to the public for $29.95, but ACES members will be able to attend for just $9.95. For all other NewsU courses, ACES members will receive a 25 percent discount. ACES members also will contribute content to expand the “Language Primer,” a self-directed grammar module that Poynter offers.

“Both ACES and Poynter are known for their dedication to high-quality training so it’s a natural fit for us to work together,” Schmedding said. “This partnership is a perfect blend of mutual goals and strengths for both organizations. Together we can broaden the practical, low-cost training opportunities for editors.”

This training alliance presents an opportunity for NewsU and ACES to work together to deliver training that’s uniquely suited for copy editors, but that also holds appeal for NewsU’s broader community. ACES executive committee members will play a significant role in shaping the training initiatives by developing learning objectives and producing content for the Webinars, new editing courses and the certificate program.

“We are excited about this partnership with ACES, ” said Howard Finberg, Poynter’s director of training partnerships and alliances. “Not only are we able to develop training that fits this unique audience, but we are establishing a training alliance model that we can use with other similar organizations.”

For more information about the training alliance, visit http://www.copydesk.org/

About American Copy Editors Society
ACES (http://www.copydesk.org/ ) is a non-profit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues. ACES is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.

About Poynter’s News University
Poynter’s News University (http://www.newsu.org) offers training to journalists, journalism students, teachers and the public through more than 250 interactive e-learning modules and other forms of training. It has more than 224,000 registered users in 225 countries. The Poynter Institute trains journalism practitioners, media leaders, educators and citizens in the areas of online and multimedia, leadership and management, reporting, writing and editing, TV and radio, ethics and diversity, journalism education and visual journalism. Poynter’s website, (http://www.poynter.org) is the dominant provider of journalism news, with a focus on business analysis and the opportunities and implications of technology.

CONTACT
Sue Burzynski Bullard, ACES executive committee member
sbullard@copydesk.org
Vicki Krueger, Director of Interactive Learning
vkrueger@poynter.org

About Beth McLaughlin

M E (Beth) McLaughlin started Adept Word Management in 1990 as a medical transcription company. Over the years there have been various threats to medical transcription, and as a result she has constantly sought new and innovative ways to transcribe for myriad types of clients. This has resulted in Adept transcribing over the years for the Human Genome Project, NASA astronaut debriefings, The New York Times, the United Nations, the Nobel Prize company, among others! She holds a double major in Anthropology and Sociology and did graduate coursework in Healthcare Administration.

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