Why should I join ACES?

What’s in it for me?
The American Copy Editors Society is the premier professional organization for copy editors in the U.S. There are plenty of tangible benefits for our 1,000+ members — discounts on educational opportunities with Poynter Institute and NewsU training, reduced fees for the national conferences, as well as lower conference fees with related organizations and our quarterly newsletter. The intangible benefits include the opportunity to meet copy editing colleagues from around the country (and beyond) and become part of a growing network of editors; prospects for improving your skills as an editor; and the chance to participate in raising the profile of copy editors wherever they work. Getting to know fellow editors in an ever-growing number of fields gives you a support system in a constantly changing job world. And … we have fun!

Speaking of the conference …
Every spring, ACES holds its national conference to bring together copy editors from all over the U.S. for an incredible learning experience full of a wide range of educational sessions, networking lunches, social events and much more. Our sessions are led by some of the best, brightest and most experienced editors in our field. We held our first national conference in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1997, and since then, we’ve been to Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Miami, Denver and other great cities. You can find out more about our past conferences and how to register by going to the conference FAQ page.

I don’t work for a newspaper. Can I still join ACES?
Yes! Copy editing has changed rapidly in the past few years and we’ve expanded our reach accordingly to welcome editors from all fields. We have plenty to offer for editors who work for nonprofits, universities, corporations, book publishers, magazines, trade publications and freelancers. For membership questions, email membership@copydesk.org.

What other organizations does ACES work with?
Along with the Poynter Institute, ACES has established relationships with the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC), Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS), the Society for News Design (SND), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

You mentioned reduced conference fees. What other discounts do you offer?
In addition to those reduced conference fees, members also have a variety of discounts available to them, including training and professional-development classes and webinars; copy editing certificate programs; the Associated Press stylebook and the SABEW Stylebook; and programs and tools to assist your copy editing. We also offer scholarships and prizes each year for exemplary copy editing.

What about social media?
ACES has an active online presence and holds twice-monthly chats on Twitter to discuss the latest issues, problems and questions you have about copy editing (use and search for the hashtag #ACESchat). You can find us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Storify, too.

How can ACES help me get a job in editing?
We have job listings posted in our Job Bank, which you can access from our home page. We also have a freelancer directory, which you can find on our home page, too. You should also consider getting to know colleagues in the organization. One great advantage for members is that ACES helps us break out of our traditional isolation. Particularly at conferences, there are opportunities to discuss professional issues and to become part of a growing network of editors. Don’t be shy about approaching other members for advice — and yes, talking to and networking with fellow editors can lead to job opportunities.

So how can I get involved?
Because the society operates almost entirely on volunteer labor, we welcome participation. Recruiting of members, carrying out promotional activities, and running the conferences involve an enormous amount of work, and there are numerous small tasks as well, including helping out with the silent auction, local chapters, writing for our website or newsletter and blogging at the conference.

If you want to help, consult one of the officers or Executive Committee members. We’re always looking for committed, energetic people to join ACES and we welcome your involvement. Learn more about joining.

You can join immediately by using our online membership form. Discounts are also available for groups and students.

Are there ways for me to get involved where I live?
ACES has some local and regional chapters where you can meet copy editors near you. Read more about chapters, and see how you can get involved. We also hold workshops and editing boot camps throughout the year. To see if there’s an upcoming event in your area, go to our Upcoming Events page.

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