The American Copy Editors Society has awarded five students with its 2011-12 scholarships: Joshua Barone, Zachary Aldrich, Matthew Draper, Margaux Henquinet and Arielle Retting
As the top candidate among the applicants, Barone was named the Aubespin scholar. The scholarship is named for Merv Aubespin, the former Louisville Courier-Journal editor who is considered the “godfather” of ACES. As the Aubespin scholar, Barone receives $2,500. Other winners each receive $1,000.
ACES has now awarded 59 scholarships since 1999.
Meet the winners:
Joshua Barone – Josh is a senior at the University of Missouri, where he is assistant news editor of the Columbia Missourian. He had a Dow Jones internship in summer 2010 at the Wall Street Journal and was an editorial intern last summer at Standard & Poor’s. He also won an ACES scholarship last year. Judges thought his headlines were by far the strongest of any candidate’s, they were impressed with his editing example, and they gave him bonus points for his involvement with ACES. He even quotes Merrill Perlman’s Phoenix conference speech in his essay, which is headlined, “If the copy editor is dead, is this heaven?”
Zachary Aldrich – Zack is in his first year of grad school at Northwestern University, after graduating from Mizzou. He was a Dow Jones intern last summer at the Naples Daily News in Florida. In a recommendation letter, a professor says that Zack was one of only a handful of editors who worked to put out the Missourian after a blizzard that snowed in much of Columbia, Mo. In his essay, Zack says his goal in pursuing a master’s degree “is to better understand the nuance of copy editing.”
Matthew Draper – Matt received his master’s degree in December from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He was a Dow Jones sports copy editing intern last summer at the New York Post, where in his first weeks on the job, he wrote a back-cover headline about the Mets: “Balk of Shame.” In his essay, Matt says he “worked for nearly a decade in another field before leaving to attend graduate journalism school in the hopes of spending the rest of my career editing.”
Margaux Henquinet – Margaux is a junior at Mizzou, where she is on the “interactive copy editing desk” at the Missourian. The desk edits for both the website and print. She had a Dow Jones internship last summer at the Tribune in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Her supervisor at the Missourian says Margaux was already working at a professional level in her print copy editing, and she now has gained experience writing SEO headlines and producing content for the Web.
Arielle Retting – Arielle is a senior at Radford University in Virginia, where she is editor in chief of “Whim,” an online campus magazine. She had a Dow Jones internship this summer at the Virginian-Pilot. One of her headlines was chosen by the Virginian-Pilot’s copy editors as one of the best headlines of the month (of July): “16-pound newborn affirms everything’s bigger in Texas.” Arielle says in her essay that if awarded the scholarship, she will use it to help pay for graduate school, where she plans to study interactive editing.