Position: Treasurer (Two-year term)
Neil Holdway (incumbent)
Job title: Assistant managing editor/copy desk
At: Daily Herald Media Group, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Job description: Lead editor at night of the Daily Herald newspaper and website, and the Page One slot. Oversees a 10-person night copy desk.
How has the nominee contributed to ACES?
Neil began volunteering for ACES by writing for the newsletter in 2002. He soon also paginated it and has been an associate editor since 2004. He helped organize an ACES regional workshop in Chicago in 2003 and then the national conference there the same year. He became treasurer of ACES and its Education Fund in 2005. He has presented at ACES workshops and conferences since 2002.
What makes the nominee the best candidate for this position?
He was nominated in 2004 to be treasurer because of his work on the side bookkeeping. When he became treasurer, he quickly invested ACES’ reserves so that they generated $15,000 a year in income, until the recession caught up with ACES. He also has managed the Education Fund’s money from the start, investing it so that it has not lost money even through the recession. The Fund now is self-sustaining, funding five scholarships each year.
If elected, what does the nominee envision for ACES during his or her tenure?
ACES over the years has become more professional and efficient — with its newsletter, website, membership options, conferences, partnerships, and in 2012 a traveling regional workshop. It has adapted to changing times, cutting costs and obtaining grants to increase offerings. It’s time for ACES to take the next steps: improve marketing, draw more members, obtain more grants and sponsors to boost training and advocacy, hire more help so the growth snowballs.
The recession seems to be ending, but it has left behind a changed media landscape. Assuming ACES continues to be financially stable, what is the most important thing the group should spend some money toward achieving?
ACES should spend money toward the goals it has always had: providing training to copy editors throughout the country, advocating for copy editors, and providing copy editors opportunities to network and share ideas. In 2012 ACES, with the help of a grant, stepped up its regional training around the country with five “editing boot camps”; this sort of traveling workshop will be repeated this year. Then ACES formed a partnership with the Poynter Institute to provide online courses on topics relevant to copy editing; it’s one of ACES’ new partnerships, actually. Meanwhile, ACES has begun using research to help advocate for copy editing. Studies ACES has funded show readers generally prefer well-edited news websites to less edited ones. ACES should spend to continue the research. Money spent on all these things will pay off in ACES’ growth, enabling it to provide even more for copy editors.